"William Burns" may refer to:

*William Burnes (1721–1784), father of poet Robert Burns

*William Chalmers Burns (1815–1868), Scottish evangelist and missionary

*William Wallace Burns (1825–1892), American soldier

*William J. Burns (1861–1932), American director of the Bureau of Investigation (predecessor to the FBI) 1921–1924

*William Burns (lacrosse) (1875–1953), Canadian Olympic lacrosse player

*William Herbert Burns (1878–1964), Canadian politician and merchant

*William Burns (cricketer) (1883–1916), English cricketer

*Tosher Burns (William Burns, 1902–1984), Irish international footballer of the 1920s

*W. Haydon Burns (1912–1987), 35th Governor of Florida

*William Burns (Australian politician) (1933–2009), member of the Australian House of Representatives

*William Burns (referee) (born 1952 or 1953), English football referee

*William Joseph Burns (born 1956), former United States Deputy Secretary of State

*William D. Burns (born 1973), Illinois State Representative

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