A great coloniser : the Rev. Dr. Thomas Burns, pioneer minister of Otago and nephew of the poet
"Early Otago and Genesis of Dunedin; Letters of Rev. Thomas Burns, D.D., 1848-65." Reprinted from Dunedin Evening Star. J. W. H. Bannerman(1916).
"The Otago Journal," 1848-53, containing many extracts from Burns's Dunedin letters.
"Minutes of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland," 1843-52, two volumes. Edinburgh.
"A Little Scottish World." Kirkwood Hewat, Kilmarnock, Scotland.
"Half-hours at the Manse." Kirkwood Hewat, Paisley.
"Annual Burns Chronicle," No. V, January, 1896. By kindness of Mr W. B. McEwan, City Librarian, Dunedin.
"The Annals of the Disruption, 1843." Thomas Brown.
"Life of Edward Irving." Mrs Oliphant.
"The Book of Robert Burns." Issued by the Grampians Club, Edinburgh. Vol. III.
"Fasti Ecclesiæ Scoticanæ," Revised Edition, Edinburgh. Vol. III (1920).
"The Evangelist,"Dunedin, Otago. Vol. III, No. 3 (March 1, 1871). Press sources, also works on Otago given above.
"Proceedings of the Presbytery of Otago, 1854-1865." Compiled from the Original Records by A. M. Finlayson. Published by authority of the Synod of Otago and Southland, Dunedin (1926).
"In the New Hebrides." John Inglis.
"Dictionary of Australasian Biography.
A Discourse delivered in the Church of Otago on Friday, the 23rd of March, 1849, being a day of Public Thanksgiving, Humiliation, and Prayer, and the Anniversary of the Arrival of the First Party of Settlers; by the Rev. Thomas Burns, Minister of the Church of Otago. Published by request. Dunedin. Printed at the Otago News Office, Rattray Street, 1849.
"Early Otago." Farewell address delivered by the late Rev. Dr Burns at the original First Church on December 25, 1864. Te Pono Press, Waimate, 1909.
"A Brief Account of the Origin and History and also the Income and Expenditure of the Presbyterian Church of Otago, etc." By Rev. Dr Burns, Dunedin, 1865.
Diary of Rev. T. D. Nicholson. Otago Early Settlers' Library.