Preston under Scar is in the parish of Wensley, 1½ miles from the
and 3 miles from Leyburn. The Wensley parish registers begin in 1538 but there are no entries for individuals named BURNETT, or any of the common variants, before the baptism of Thomas, son of Thomas BURNETT in 1656. Another child, daughter Jane, was born in 1658 before Thomas' wife Jane died in 1661. Thomas married again, his second wife being named Margaret, and had at least three more children, including a son named John who married and continued this line of the BURNETT family. villageof Wensley
Thomas BURNET was listed with one hearth at
Prestonin hearth tax returns for Michaelmas 1673.