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A family story from about a 100 years ago says that our BROWNE family is connected by ancestry to the BROWNEs of Sligo. In turn, the family history of the BROWNEs of Sligo (the Westport House BROWNEs) alleges that they connect back to the Montague BROWNEs of Cowdray. My conundrum is the issue of John BROWNE (d. 1588) who is the 11th entry in the 5th (and last) generation of this tree. (NOTE: I will pick up his descendants in a tree focusing on the BROWNEs of Sligo.) How John BROWNE fits into the MONTAGUE line is uncertain. Although I have him (for the moment) as a child of Anthony BROWNE, it is also possible that he was a child of Sir George BROWNE, the older brother of Anthony.
Sharon Oddie Brown. August 20, 2008

The Montague Line of BROWNE


1.      Cowdray Ruins: A short History and guide. David Ray, published by The Cowdray Estate Office, 14.

2.      http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/BROWNE1.htm#Thomas%20BROWNE2 .

3.      Westport House and the Brownes, The Marquess of Sligo, Moorland Publishing, 1981, 17.

4.      The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-, 114.

5.       http://www.thepeerage.com/p5114.htm#i51136 .

6.      http://www.peterwestern.f9.co.uk/maximilia/pafg1208.htm#20690

  Five Generations of Descendants of Robert Browne

Generation No. 1




Child of ROBERT BROWNE is:

2.                i.    THOMAS2 BROWNE, b. 1410, Bettsworth Castle, Surry, England; d. 20 Jul 1460, Eythorne Eastry, Kent, England.



Generation No. 2


2.  THOMAS2 BROWNE (ROBERT1)2 was born 1410 in Bettsworth Castle, Surry, England3, and died 20 Jul 1460 in Eythorne Eastry, Kent, England4,5.  He married ELEANOR FITZALAN6,7 1434. 



3.                i.    ROBERT3 BROWNE, b. 1435, Chilham, Kent, England; d. 1509.

                  ii.    KATHERINE BROWNE, b. 1435, Beechworth, Surrey, England8.

                 iii.    THOMAS BROWNE, b. 1437, Beechworth, Surrey, England8.

4.              iv.    SIR GEORGE BROWNE, b. 1439, Bettsworth Castle, Surrey, England; d. 1483, London.

                  v.    WILLIAM BROWNE, b. 1441, Beechworth, Surrey, England8.

5.              vi.    SIR ANTHONY BROWNE, b. 29 Jun 1443; d. 19 Nov 1506, Calais, Normandy, France.

                vii.    JANE BROWNE, b. 1445, Beechworth, Surrey, England8.



Generation No. 3


3.  ROBERT3 BROWNE (THOMAS2, ROBERT1) was born 1435 in Chilham, Kent, England8, and died 15099.  He married MARY MALLET9


Children of ROBERT BROWNE and MARY MALLET are:

6.                i.    ELEANOR4 BROWNE.

                  ii.    THOMAS BROWNE9, m. MARY METCALFE9.



4.  SIR GEORGE3 BROWNE (THOMAS2, ROBERT1) was born 1439 in Bettsworth Castle, Surrey, England10, and died 1483 in London11.  He married ELIZABETH PASTON12.  She was born 01 Jul 142913, and died 01 Feb 148813.



7.                i.    MATTHEW4 BROWNE, b. 1473; d. 1557.



5.  SIR ANTHONY3 BROWNE (THOMAS2, ROBERT1)14,15,16,17,18 was born 29 Jun 1443, and died 19 Nov 1506 in Calais, Normandy, France19.  He married (1) ELEANOR OUGHTRED.    He married (3) LUCY NEVILLE Bef. 150620, daughter of JOHN NEVILLE and ISABEL INGALDESTHORPE.  She was born Abt. 146821, and died 25 Mar 1534 in Bagshot Manor, Berks21.



                   i.    ANNE4 BROWNE22, d. 1511; m. CHARLES BRANDON.




8.               ii.    SIR ANTHONY4 BROWNE, b. 29 Jun 1500, Battle Abbey; d. 06 May 1548, Byfleet, Surrey.

                 iii.    ELIZABETH BROWNE23, d. 1565; m. HENRY SOMERSET.

                 iv.    LUCY BROWNE, b. 1501; d. 26 Nov 1557; m. THOMAS CLIFFORD.

                  v.    WILLIAM BROWNE, b. 1503; d. 1542.

                 vi.    HENRY BROWNE, b. 1506; m. ANNE HAZELHURST.

                vii.    ANNE BROWNE24, b. 1506; d. Abt. 151125; m. CHARLES BRANDON26.



Generation No. 4


6.  ELEANOR4 BROWNE (ROBERT3, THOMAS2, ROBERT1)27.  She married WILLIAM KEMPE27.  He was born 1487, and died 153527.



                   i.    THOMAS5 KEMPE27.



7.  MATTHEW4 BROWNE (GEORGE3, THOMAS2, ROBERT1)28 was born 147329, and died 155729.  He married FRIDESWIDE GUILFORD29



                   i.    HENRY5 BROWNE29, d. 157729; m. CATHERINE SHELLEY29.

                  ii.    ELIZABETH BROWNE29, m. JOHN POYNTZ29; b. 1485; d. 154429.



8.  SIR ANTHONY4 BROWNE (ANTHONY3, THOMAS2, ROBERT1)30,31,32,33,34 was born 29 Jun 1500 in Battle Abbey, and died 06 May 1548 in Byfleet, Surrey35.  He married (1) ALICE GAGE Abt. 1525 in Sussex, England, daughter of JOHN GAGE and PHILIPPE GUILDFORD.  She died 31 Mar 154036.  He married (2) ELIZABETH FITZGERALD Aft. 1540. 



Burial: Battle in Susan37


Children of ANTHONY BROWNE and ALICE GAGE are:

9.                i.    WILLIAM5 BROWNE, b. Aft. 1526.

10.             ii.    ANTHONY BROWNE, b. Abt. 1527, Battle Abbey or Cowdray Park; d. 19 Oct 1592, West Hosley, Surrey, England.

                 iii.    MARY BROWNE38, b. Abt. 1527, Cowdray Park, Eastbourne, Sussex, England; m. JOHN GREY.

                 iv.    THOMAS BROWNE, b. Abt. 1529.

                  v.    HENRY BROWNE, b. Abt. 1532.

                 vi.    FRANCIS BROWNE, b. Abt. 1534; m. ANNE GORING.

                vii.    MABEL BROWNE, b. Abt. 1536; m. GERALD FITZGERALD, 28 May 1554.

               viii.    LUCY BROWNE, b. Abt. 1538; d. Bef. 10 Jul 1606; m. THOMAS ROPER; b. 1536; d. 1598.



Burial: 10 Jul 1606, St. Dunstan Church, Canterbury, Kent, England


11.            ix.    JOHN BROWNE, d. 1588.



Generation No. 5





                   i.    ANTHONY6 BROWNE, b. Abt. 1552, Elsing, Norfolk, England; d. 08 Sep 1628; m. ANNE BELL.

                  ii.    WILLIAM BROWNE39, m. JOAN BARING.







10.  ANTHONY5 BROWNE (ANTHONY4, ANTHONY3, THOMAS2, ROBERT1)40,41,42,43 was born Abt. 1527 in Battle Abbey or Cowdray Park, and died 19 Oct 1592 in West Hosley, Surrey, England.  He married (1) JANE RADCLIFFE.    He married (2) MAGDALEN DACRE.  She was born 153844, and died 08 Apr 160844.



Burial: 06 Dec 1592, Midhurst Church



                   i.    ANTHONY6 BROWNE45, b. 22 Jul 1552; d. 29 Jun 1592, Riverbank House, Cowdray Park or Tythorpe, Bucks, England; m. MARY DORMER.



Burial: 01 Aug 1592, Midhurst Church, Cowdray, Sussex, England


                  ii.    MARY BROWNE46, b. 22 Jul 1552, Cowdray, Sussex, England; d. 04 Nov 1607, Copt Hall, Epping, Essex, England.




                 iii.    PHILLIP6 BROWNE, b. 1559.

                 iv.    HENRY BROWNE47, b. Abt. 1562; d. 06 Feb 1628, 6 Feb 1628 Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England; m. (1) MARY HUNGATE; m. (2) ANNE CATESBY.

                  v.    GEORGE BROWNE48, m. (1) MARY TYRWHITT; m. (2) ELEANOR BRYDGES, 1583.

                 vi.    ANTHONY BROWNE49, m. ANNE BELL50.

                vii.    JANE BROWNE.

               viii.    MARY BROWNE.

                 ix.    ELIZABETH BROWNE, d. Aft. Sep 1623; m. ROBERT DORMER.

                  x.    MABEL BROWNE.

                 xi.    THOMAS BROWNE.

                xii.    WILLIAM BROWNE.



11.  JOHN5 BROWNE (ANTHONY4, ANTHONY3, THOMAS2, ROBERT1)51,52,53,54 died 1588.  He married ANNE CARDIFFE55, daughter of NICHOLAS KARDYFF


Notes for JOHN BROWNE:





                   i.    JOSIAS6 BROWNE56, b. 1587; d. 1634; m. JOAN BERMINGHAM.







Burial: Kilmaine






1.  http://www.ancestors-genealogy.com/webb/PAGE62-M.htm.

2.  http://fabpedigree.com/pedix/peix32.htm#a5, This is a hard site to navigate, but there may be more information here than what we already have.

3.  2007 Oct 11 email Nigel de Boinville, In 1440, he held the office of Sheriff of Kent. He also held the office of Treasurer of the Household to King Henry VI. In 1460, he held the office of Sheriff of Kent.

4.  2007 Oct 11 email Nigel de Boinville, Beheaded for treason - after the War of the Roses.

5.  http://www.southfarm.plus.com/Genealogy/executed.html, Of Betchworth Castle. Sheriff of Kent.

6.  www.thepeerage.com.

7.  http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ENGLISH%20NOBILITY%20MEDIEVAL1.htm, Her full ancestry going back to the 1100s is here. I have it saved in my files for reference.

8.  www.thepeerage.com.

9.  Powys-Lybbe Genealogy, http://www.tim.ukpub.net/Genealogy/gedcoms.htm.

10.  www.thepeerage.com.

11.  http://www.southfarm.plus.com/Genealogy/executed.html, 1st s. Of Beechworth castle. Sheriff of Kent: 1481. Aided H. VII.

12.  Powys-Lybbe Genealogy, http://www.tim.ukpub.net/Genealogy/gedcoms.htm, Many sources are included in this tree.  Burke Commoners, and extinct peers for Montague, says she was widow of Richard Lord Poynings. CP is clear that her husband was Robert Poynings, 2nd or 3rd son of Robt, 4th baron.    Adrian Channings says she was widow of Robert Poynings who d. 17 Feb 1460/1 at the battle of St Albans.    DNB agrees that it was Robert Poynings who d. 1461.  Their son Sir Ed. Poynings even has a DNB article.

13.  Powys-Lybbe Genealogy, http://www.tim.ukpub.net/Genealogy/gedcoms.htm.

14.  Cowdray: its early history., The first Sir Anthony Browne.

15.  Notes, FTW will not let me change the order of wives. Eleanor OUGHTRED was his first wife and Lucy NEVILLE was his second wife.

16.  www.thepeerage.com.

17.  http://www.ancestors-genealogy.com/webb/PAGE62-M.htm, Constable of Calais.

18.  Wikiipedia, Sir Anthony Browne (d. 19 November 1506) at Calais, was the son of Sir Thomas Browne, Sheriff of Kent and his wife Eleanor FitzAlan, the daughter of Sir Thomas FitzAlan of Beechwood at Betchworth.  He is to be associated with the Brownes of Betchworth in Surrey.  He married Lucy Nevill, daughter of John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu.  Anthony held many titles. He was Standard Bearer of England, Governor of Queenborough Castle, and Constable of Calais.  Children  •           A son, Sir Anthony Browne; a courtier to Henry VIII  •        A daughter, Anne, who married Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.  •            A daughter, Elizabeth Browne, who married Henry Somerset, 2nd earl of Worcester. She was the main witness against Anne Boleyn and was allegedly an ex-mistress of Henry VIII's  .

19.  www.thepeerage.com,   Sir Anthony Browne held the office of Standard-Bearer of England.

20.  www.thepeerage.com.

21.  Powys-Lybbe Genealogy, http://www.tim.ukpub.net/Genealogy/gedcoms.htm.

22.  Notes, Sir Anthony Browne's Will states she was his next heir after Anthony, so she was not illegitimate. In Lucy Neville's will, there is no reference to a late daughter, nor to any Brandon grand-daughters.

23.  Wikiipedia, Elizabeth Browne, countess of Worcester (d. 1565) was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn and the main informant against her. She may have been a mistress of King Henry VIII.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Sir Anthony Browne, a trusted courtier at the court of Henry VIII, and his wife Lucy Nevill, a daughter of John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu.  In some reports of the time, Elizabeth is described as a 'former mistress of the King's.'  She was the second wife of Henry Somerset, 2nd earl of Worcester. Their marriage produced ten surviving children:  1.    Anne Somerset, countess of Northumberland by marriage to Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland (1538 - 1591 / 1596)  2.  William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester (1527 - 21 Feb 1589)  3.  Lucy Somerset, Lady Latimer by marriage to John Neville, 4th Baron Latimer (d. 23 Feb 1583)  4.     Eleanor Somerset  5.               Thomas Somerset  6.            Charles Somerset  7.               Francis Somerset (d. 10 Sep 1547, in battle)  8.      Jane Somerset  9.    Henry Somerset  10.               Mary Somerset  .

24.  www.thepeerage.com.

25.  www.thepeerage.com, NOTE: The birth dates and death dates from this site ascribe this person to the daughter of the sister of this person - but that does not fit, so I have put these dates in which obviously do not fit with a marriage. I did this to highlight the error in the data.

26.  www.thepeerage.com.

27.  Powys-Lybbe Genealogy, http://www.tim.ukpub.net/Genealogy/gedcoms.htm.

28.  www.thepeerage.com.

29.  Powys-Lybbe Genealogy, http://www.tim.ukpub.net/Genealogy/gedcoms.htm.

30.   David Ray, Cowdray Ruins: A Short History and Guide, The Cowdray Estate Office, “Also held in high esteem by Henry VIII, Sir Anthony Browne was a Knight of the Garter and later was Master of the King's Horse at the siege of Boulogne in 1.544. What does appear strange is that he was a devout Roman Catholic and yet remained such a favourite of the King, the Head of the Church of England. Sir Anthony was Henry's proxy at the King's marriage to Anne of Cleves. He therefore saw the lady before the husband. He also was not impressed with her physical appearance!  A wealthy landowner, Sir Anthony Browne owned several manors and he died at his manor of Byfleet in Surrey in 1548. His estates passed to his eldest son, also Sir Anthony Browne.”.

31.  Cowdray: its early history., 19, of Cowdray Castle  First Viscount Montague   From: Cowdray: Its early history: in the Parish of Easebourne near Midhurst, Sussex.  Cowdray belonged to the Fitzwilliam family, but when Sir William Fitzwilliam died without heirs, it passed to Sir Anthony BROWNE. “Sir William Fitzwilliam and Sir Anthony Browne were half-brothers, their mother, Lady Lucy, daughter of John Nevill, Marquis Montacute, having survived her first husband, the father of Sir William, and marrying the first Sir Anthony Browne.”  “Sir William took possession of Cowdray about 1535 … He was one of the most eminent men of his time, being a Knight of the Garter, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, and Lord High Admiral, and he stood high in the favour of Henry VIII.”  “In 1536 Sir William received a grant of Easebourne Priory from Henry VIII. Early in 1538, King Henry VIII seems to have paid one of several visits to Cowdray, and the Royal Arms over the hall porch (now somewhat mutilated) are commemorative of this visit.”  “The first of the Brownes of Cowdray was also a very great favourite of Henry VIII. He, too, I was a Knight of the Garter, and, later, was with I the King as his Master of the Horse at the memorable Siege of Boulogne in 1544.”  “In 1538 he had a grant of the house and site of the suppressed Abbey of Battle, where both he and his wife were buried.”  “Sir Anthony Browne died at his manor of Byfleet in Surrey, in 1548, and his estates descended to his eldest son, also Sir Anthony Browne.”.

32.  www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/AnthonyBrowne(SirKnight).htm, Burial at Battle, Sussex.  NOTE: I have used this source for all his descendants except for John Browne where the information comes from "Westport House and the Brownes".

33.  Lewis H. Pyke, A Short Guide to Battle, Battle and District Historical Society, “Sir Anthony Browne and his descendants, while they owned the Abbey, were all of the old faith, Papists, as we used to say. And Sir Anthony himself who in 1542 inherited from his half-brother another great property, Cowdray, which had been seized from the Church, found nothing strange in the situation. He died in 1548, just ten years after he came to Battle, and was buried with tremendous pomp in the church. His great manor house, which we call Princess Elizabeth's Lodging, was completed by his son, Sir Anthony Browne, who was made the first Viscount Montague by Queen Mary …”.

34.  Wikiipedia, Sir Anthony Browne (died 6 May 1548) was the son of Sir Anthony (or Ambrose) Browne, Standard Bearer of England and Governor of Queenborough Castle, by his wife Lucy Nevill, daughter of John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu.  He married Alice, daughter of Sir John Gage, and their children included:  • Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu;  •           Mary Browne, who married John Grey of Pirgo and was the mother of Henry Grey, 1st Baron Grey of Groby;  •    Mabel Browne, who married Gerald FitzGerald, 11th Earl of Kildare.  He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1540.  Sometime after 1540, he remarried Elizabeth Fitzgerald, daughter of the 9th Earl of Kildare, his wife Alice having died.  As a conservative, he had to be careful not to be brought down by factional politics at the court of Henry VIII. He became so trusted by Henry that in the King's latter years, Browne held a dry stamp of the King's signature, to use for minor letters.  During the uprisings in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, known as the Pilgrimage of Grace, Brown was sent against the Catholic protesters, to test his loyalty. He maintained Henry's trust.  Browne was said to be a good-looking man and two members of his family were said to have been mistresses of Henry VIII. One, 'Mistress Browne', we do not know the first name of, but it was allegedly his sister. One piece of information, however, points to it being his daughter, Elizabeth Browne, countess of Worcester. The ex-mistress was alleged to have been a prime mover in the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth Browne was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn and the chief witness against her. Another member of his family, Anne Bassett was rumoured to be in the running to become Henry's fifth wife and there were eariler rumours of an affair, shortly before his marriage to Anne of Cleves.

35.  Cowdray Ruins: A short History and guide. David Ray, published by The Cowdray Estate Office, 14.

36.  Powys-Lybbe Genealogy, http://www.tim.ukpub.net/Genealogy/gedcoms.htm.

37.  http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/BROWNE1.htm#Thomas%20BROWNE2.

38.  http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/BROWNE1.htm#Thomas%20BROWNE2, known to have been a daughter of Sir Anthony Browne. By which wife, however, I do not know although it appears most likely that it was his first, as there is no mention of Mary being illegitimate."

39.  Pedigree of Howe Peter Browne, Marquess of Sligo, In an email from Jane Pacau received September 5, 2004: ""Pedigree of Howe Peter Browne, Marquess of Sligo" which was recorded in the archives of the office of Ulster King of Arms of all Ireland dated 21st Aug 1818. " shows:  "Sir Anthony Browne, married Alice Gage, their children being  1.    Sir Anthony Browne, 1st Vicount Montague, married Jane Radcliffe  2.    William Browne, married Anne Hastings, their children being          1.    Sir Anthony Browne, married Anne Bell          2.    William Browne, married Joan Baring, their children being                      1.    Richard Browne - no issue                  2.    John Browne, married Anne Kerdiff."

40.   David Ray, Cowdray Ruins: A Short History and Guide, The Cowdray Estate Office, “Like his father he was a devout Roman Catholic, yet he was well regarded by the young King Edward VI, who if visited Cowdray in 1552.  “After the early death of Edward VI, Mary became queen and for a short time (1553-1558) England reverted to Roman Catholicism. Sir Anthony Browne was created Viscount Montague by Queen Mary in 1554.  “When Elizabeth became queen in 1558 she found that despite his non-Protestant religion he was her devoted subject. His loyalty was demonstrated when, with the Spanish Armada threatening England in 1588, Queen Elizabeth reviewed her army at Tilbury . One of the first to appear was the aged Viscount Montague riding at the head of his sons and grandsons and a large body of horsemen.  “In 1591 he entertained his queen at Cowdray for a visit that lasted nearly a week. She was "magnificently entertained" and enjoyed amongst other pleasures shooting deer with a crossbow in Cowdray Park. Lady Kildare (Viscount Montague's sister) incurred the monarch's wrath when she participated in the "sport", though she only killed one deer. We are told that "she (Lady Kildare) did not afterwards dine at the royal table". She was however, later allowed to give a New Year's present to the Queen. This little episode serves to illustrate the fact that even the greatest of monarchs have their little faults.  The First Viscount Montague died in 1592 and was buried in Midhurst Church. His elaborate marble and alabaster tomb was moved in 1851 to Easebourne Church-none too expertly as even a fairly careful examination of it will show you!

41.  Lewis H. Pyke, A Short Guide to Battle, Battle and District Historical Society, “Sir Anthony Browne [was made] the first Viscount Montague by Queen Mary -"Bloody Mary"-by whom he was highly esteemed. He went for her on a mission to the Pope. When Elizabeth came to the throne he was one of the two peers who in Parliament opposed the abolition of the Papal supremacy, but the Queen continued to employ him. Throughout his life he proved himself her faithful and loyal subject.  “When England was threatened by the Spanish Armada, "the first that showed his bands to the Queen was that noble, virtuous, honourable man, the Viscount Montague, who now came, though he was very sickly and in age ... he came personally himself before the Queen, with his band of horsemen, being almost 200, the same being led by his own sons, and with them a young child, very comely, seated on horseback, being the heir of his house," etc. etc. (Quotation from a letter dated September 1588).”.

42.  Cowdray: its early history., “Like his father, the son was a strong Catholic but, notwithstanding his religious opinions, he was visited by the young King Edward VI at Cowdray in 1552.   “Regarding this visit the King wrote: “At Cowdray, a goodlie house of Sir Anthony Browne's, where we were marvelously. yea rather excessively, banketted."  “Viscount Montague-as he was created by Queen Mary in 1554-was a man of great ability, and retained the favour and esteem of three successive sovereigns. He was one of the few nobles of his religion whose loyalty was held to be above suspicion in those troublous times.  “When the Armada was at hand, in the year 1588, and Queen Elizabeth reviewed her army at Tilbury, the ancient Viscount was one of the first to appear with a large body of horsemen, riding at the head of his sons and grandson.  “In the year 1591 he was not too old to entertain Elizabeth and her Court for a week at Cowdray. Concerning this visit it is recorded that the Queen was “magnificently entertained," and her principal amusement seems to have been shooting deer in the Park. She killed three or four. and “Queen Elizabeth's Oak," against which she is said to have rested her bow, is still to be seen. Tradition has it that Lady Kildare (sister of Lord Montague) incurred the displeasure of the Queen by daring to shoot with her, and although she only killed one deer, we read Elizabeth was so annoyed “that she (Lady Kildare) did not afterwards dine at the royal table." However, later, Lady Kildare was forgiven so far as to have been allowed to present a New Year's gift to Her Majesty!  “Viscount Montague died in 1592, and was buried in Midhurst Church, where an elaborate tomb of marble and alabaster, with kneeling figure, of himself and recumbent effigies of his two wives was set up to his memory. This beautiful monument was removed in the year 1851, on account of increased accommodation being required in the church, to Easebourne Church, where it was placed in a chapel at the east end of the south aisle, and where it can now be seen in a fairly good state of preservation, although most of the small kneeling figures surrounding the tomb (supposed to represent the eight children of the Viscount) are irreparably injured.

43.  Wikiipedia, 1st Viscount Montague.  Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu KG PC (29 November 1528 – 19 October 1592) was an English peer during the Tudor period.  He was the eldest son of Sir Anthony Browne. At the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539, he came into possession of the manor of Worthing, which remained in his family for 200 years.  Before 1550, he married Jane Radclyffe, daughter of Robert Radclyffe, 1st Earl of Sussex. She died in childbirth on 22 July 1552 after giving birth to twins:  •     Mary Browne, who married (1) Henry Wriothesley, 2nd Earl of Southampton; (2) Sir Thomas Heneage; (3) Henry Hervey, 1st Baron Hervey; and  •           Anthony Browne, his son and heir, who predeceased him, leaving several children by his wife, Mary Dormer (whose cousin was Robert Catesby, of the Gunpowder Plot).  In 1558 he married Magdalen Dacre, daughter of William Dacre, 3rd Baron Dacre, by whom he had ten children.  On 2 September 1554, Browne was created Viscount Montagu. That year, he was also sent as one of the ambassadors to Rome to treat for the reconciliation of the Church of England with the Pope, and in 1555 was made a Privy Counsellor and Knight of the Garter. He was lieutenant-general of the English troops at the siege of Saint-Quentin in 1557.  Upon the accession of Elizabeth, Montagu lost his seat on the Privy Council for his Roman Catholicism, and generally opposed the religious measures of Elizabeth. However, he retained her favour through his prudence and loyalty, and was joint Lord Lieutenant of Sussex from 1570 to 1585. In 1587, Montagu was one of the commissioners who tried Mary, Queen of Scots, and was one of the first to raise a troop of horse to muster at West Tilbury to guard against the Spanish Armada.

44.  Powys-Lybbe Genealogy, http://www.tim.ukpub.net/Genealogy/gedcoms.htm.

45.  Notes, Twin of Mary. Sherriff of Surrey and Kent.

46.  Notes, Twin of Anthony.

47.  Notes, Ancestor of the Brownes of Kidlington.

48.  http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/BROWNE1.htm#Thomas%20BROWNE2,  Ancestor of the Brownes of Wickham in Kent Barts. George Browne, son of the staunchly Catholic first Lord Montague, married Eleanor, daughter of Anthony Bridges of Great Shefford (8 miles NW of Newbury) in 1583. On her marriage her father conveyed to her Great Shefford Manor Farm. It was there that Anthony Bridges sheltered Fr George Snape from about 1584 until 1591. Fr Snape was captured at the farm and abandoned Catholicism, thereby obtaining a pardon. The farm still stands. The Brownes owned Maidencourt Farm, which is less than a mile up the Lambourn Valley from Great Shefford."

49.  Notes, Seated at Effingham.

50.  Notes, Of Norfolk.

51.  Westport House and the Brownes, 1583 became First Sherrif of Co. Mayo  This John BROWNE is described as the son of Sir Anthony Browne of Cowdray Castle by the Denis Browne [the tenth Marquess of Sligo] in his book, "Westport House and the Brownes", I am unsure at this time of the evidence of this.   Jane Pascau has John BROWNE as a son of William BROWNE and Joan Baring. The trouble with that version is that the dates are not a believable fit. All this needs more work.

52.  IRL-MAYO-L ARCHIVES 11Jun2001, "John Browne of The Neale (+ 1589 ; who settled at The Neale, Co Mayo, and married Anne Kardyff, daughter of Nicholas Kardyff of Dunsink, Co Dublin), 1st sheriff of Co Mayo."

53.  http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/BROWNE1.htm#Thomas%20BROWNE2, This is the only child of Anthony & Alice who is not mentioned in the descendants on this site. If there is a link between the Westport BROWNEs and the BROWNEs of Cowdray, this is the most likely of the options that I have seen. Still, its placement is suspect.

54.  John Burke, Esq., A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronatage of the British Empire. Vol II, London, 1832, This source shows the father of Josias BROWNE to be Richard`Browne Esq., `captain of an independent company temp. Elizabeth and first high-sheriff of the County of Mayo. This gentleman being killed while quelling an insurection in his official capacity, was s. by his son.`  There is note to this entry: Àrchdall in his edition of Lodge`s Peerage of Ireland, calls this Richard Browne, son of Anthony, Viscount Montague, of England; which is evidently incorrect, otherwise the viscounty of Montague would not have expired in default of an inheritor, while this and the Sligo family had a male heir. It is more than probably however, that the hoiuses of Sligo and Kilmaine descend from a common ancestor with the first English Viscount Montague, of the name of Browne.

55.  IRL-MAYO ARCHIVES 11Jun 2001, of Co. Dublin  "Anne Kardyff"  .

56.  IRL-MAYO-L ARCHIVES 11Jun2001, He had six children - it would be of great interest to know more of them.  SOURCE: IRL-MAYO-L ARCHIVES 11Jun2001: "Josias Browne of The Neale (ca1587 - 1634 ; who married Joan Bermingham, daughter of Edward Bermingham of Carrick Castle, co Kildare), sheriff Co Mayo, only son of John BROWNE."






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