Burls, Robert an English Congregational minister, was born at Thorley, Herts, Oct. 8,1792; and through the teaching and example of his wise and pious mother was early brought to Christ. He received his collegiate training at Wymondley College, and in 1820 was ordained pastor at Maldon, Essex where he labored until his death, June 8, 1866. Mr. Burls was intellectually independent, religiously conservative, essentially evangelical, and thoroughly practical. See (Lond.) Cong. Year-book, 1867, p. 275.