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Birthplace: Of Bechworth, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Byfleet, Surrey, England, United Kingdo
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About Anthony Browne, Knight

Sir Anthony Browne (d. 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.

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  • Sir Anthony Browne
  • M, #28843, b. 1500, d. 1548
  • Last Edited=20 Jun 2011
  • Sir Anthony Browne was born in 1500.1 He was the son of Sir Anthony Browne and Lady Lucy Neville. He married Alice Gage, daughter of Rt. Hon. Sir John Gage and Philippa Guilford. He married Lady Elizabeth FitzGerald, daughter of Gerald FitzGerald, 9th Earl of Kildare and Lady Elizabeth Grey, in 1543.2 He died in 1548 at Byfleet, Surrey, England.3
  • He held the office of Joint Keeper of Windsor Great Park on 29 January 1528/29, with his brother 1st Earl of Southampton.4 He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Garter (K.G.).2
  • Children of Sir Anthony Browne and Alice Gage
    • 1.William Browne5
    • 2.Francis Browne6
    • 3.Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu+ b. c 1527, d. 1592
    • 4.Mabel Browne+7 b. 1528, d. 25 Aug 1610
  • Citations
  • 1.[S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family."
  • 2.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 2299. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 3.[S140] National Portrait Gallery, London, online http://www.npg.org.uk. Hereinafter cited as National Portrait Gallery.
  • 4.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume XII/1, page 120. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 5.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 1817.
  • 6.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 1598.
  • 7.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 2298.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p2885.htm#i28843
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  • Sir Anthony Browne, Master of the Horse1,2,3,4,5
  • M, b. 29 June 1500, d. 6 May 1548
  • Father Sir Anthony Browne, Governor of Queenborough, Lieutenant of Calais6,7 b. c 1459, d. b 17 Nov 1506
  • Mother Lucy Neville6,7 b. c 1468, d. 25 Mar 1534
  • Sir Anthony Browne, Master of the Horse was born on 29 June 1500 at of Pirbright in Woking, Great Bychney, East Clandon, & Worplesden, Surrey, England.1,5 He married Alice Gage, daughter of Sir John Gage, Escheater of Surrey & Sussex, Comptroller of the Household, Constable of the Tower, Lord Chamberlain and Philippa Guilford, circa 1525 at of Firle, Sussex, England; They had 6 sons (Anthony, 1st Viscount Montague; Thomas; William; Francis; Henry; & William) and 3 daughters (Mary, wife of Sir John Grey, & of Henry Capell, Esq; Mabel, wife of Gerald FizGerald, 11th Earl of Kildare; & Lucy, wife of Thomas Roper, Esq.).1,2,4,5 Sir Anthony Browne, Master of the Horse married Elizabeth FitzGerald, daughter of Gerald FitzGerald, 9th Earl of Kildare and Elizabeth Grey, in 1542; They had 2 sons (Edward & Thomas).1,5 Sir Anthony Browne, Master of the Horse died on 6 May 1548 at Byfleet, Surrey, England, at age 47; Buried at Battle, Sussex with his 1st wife.1,5 His estate was probated on 31 March 1550.5
  • Family 1 Alice Gage b. c 1506, d. 31 Mar 1540
  • Children
    • Mary Browne+8,9,3,4,5 b. c 1527, d. 4 Feb 1617
    • Sir Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, Sheriff of Surrey & Sussex+10,5 b. c 1528, d. 19 Oct 1592
  • Family 2 Elizabeth FitzGerald b. c 1528, d. Mar 1590
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 63.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 238.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 271.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 311-312.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 226-227.
  • 6.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 62-63.
  • 7.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 225-226.
  • 8.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 133.
  • 9.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 361.
  • 10.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. IX, p. 97-99.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2691.htm#i80870
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  • Dictionary of national biography (1885) Vol. 7
  • http://www.archive.org/details/dictionaryofnati07stepuoft
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/dictionaryofnati07stepuoft#page/38/mode/1up
  • BROWNE, Sir ANTHONY (D.1548), politician, only son of Sir Anthony Browne, standard-bearer of England and constable of Calais, and his wife Lady Lucy Nevill, ...
  • http://archive.org/stream/dictionaryofnati07stepuoft#page/40/mode/1up
  • BROWNE, ANTHONY, first VISCOUNT MONTAGUE (1526-1592), was the eldest son of Sir Anthony Brown (d. 1548) [q.v.] and Alys his wife, daughter of Sir John Gage.
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  • BROWNE, Sir Anthony (c.1500-48), of Battle Abbey and Cowdray Park, Suss.
  • b. c.1500, 1st s. of Sir Anthony Browne by Lucy, da. and coh. of John Neville, Marquess of Montagu; half-bro. of William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton. m. (1) by 1528, Alice, da. of Sir John Gage of Firle, Suss., 7s. inc. Anthony I 3da.; (2) 1542, Elizabeth, da. of Gerald Fitzgerald, 9th Earl of Kildare, 2s.; 1s. 1da. illegit. suc. fa. 1506. Kntd. 1 July 1522; KG nom. 23 Apr., inst. 19 May 1540.3
  • Anthony Browne’s career resembled in many ways that of his elder half-brother William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton. From the age of ten Fitzwilliam had been brought up in the royal household with the future Henry VIII, and it is likely that Browne joined him there at an early age; both may have owed this privilege to their mother, a niece of Richard, Earl of Warwick, or to her second husband Sir Anthony Browne, a cadet of the Browne family of Betchworth, Surrey, who became standard bearer of England and lieutenant of Calais castle. In 1518, at the age of about 18, .... etc.
  • 'Browne died at Byfleet on 28 Apr. 1548 and was probably replaced as knight of the shire by (Sir) Thomas Cawarden. He appointed as executors of his will (Sir) Richard Rich, Lord Rich; Lord Russell; Sir William Paulet, Baron St. John; (Sir) John Baker I; Sir John Gage, and John Skinner II, leaving them each a gift as token of his goodwill and explaining that ‘these simple legacies come from the father of so many children’. He directed that he should be buried in the same tomb as his first wife and the funeral procession began in London and passed through East Grinstead and Dallington to Battle. Browne’s eldest son was still under age at his father’s death. Of his other children, Mary married the Marquess of Dorset’s younger son John, Mabel married Gerald Fitzgerald, 11th Earl of Kildare, and Lucy married Thomas Roper. Browne’s widow married Edward, 9th Lord Clinton, later 1st Earl of Lincoln.17
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1509-1558/member/browne-sir-anthony-1500-48
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  • BROWNE, Anthony I (1528-92), of Battle Abbey and Cowdray Park, Suss.
  • b. 29 Nov. 1528, 1st s. of Sir Anthony Browne of Battle Abbey and Cowdray Park by 1st w. Alice, da. of Sir John Gage of Firle. m. (1) Jane (d.1552). da. of Robert Radcliffe, 1st Earl of Sussex, 1s. 2da.; (2) by 10 Dec. 1558, Magdalen, da. of William, 3rd Lord Dacre of Gilsland, 5s. 3da. suc. fa. 28 Apr. 1548. Kntd. 20 Feb. 1547; cr. Viscount Montagu 2 Sept. 1554; KG nom. 23 Apr., inst. 17 Oct. 1555.1
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1509-1558/member/browne-anthony-i-1528-92
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  • Sir Anthony Browne, KG (c.1500[1] - 28 April 1548[1]) was an English courtier and Knight of the Shire.
  • He was the son of Sir Anthony Browne, Standard Bearer of England and Governor of Queenborough Castle, by his wife Lady Lucy Neville, daughter of John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu and widow of Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam.[1] Anthony junior was thereby half-brother of William Fitzwilliam, 1st Earl of Southampton.
  • By 1528, Browne married Alice, daughter of Sir John Gage, and by her had seven sons and three daughters which included:[1]
    • 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;
    • Annabelle Browne, who married Thomas Spring of Castlemaine.
  • His recorded royal service began in 1518, when he was appointed surveyor and master of hunting for the Yorkshire castles and Lordships of Hatfield, Thorne, and Conisbrough. He was included him in an embassy to hand over Tournai to Francois I. Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, knighted him on 1 July 1522. In 1525 he was made lieutenant of the Isle of Man. He was ambassador to France in 1527, reporting home in increasingly anti-French terms. In 1539 he was appointed Master of the Horse for life.
  • During the uprisings in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, known as the Pilgrimage of Grace, Browne was sent against the Catholic protesters, to test his loyalty. Anthony maintained Henry's trust. He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1540. When Henry VIII came to Rochester to meet Anne of Cleves, he first sent Anthony, as his Master of Horse, into her chamber. He later declared that he was never more dismayed in his life, lamenting in his heart to see the Lady so far and unlike that was reported. Henry confided his own disappointment the next day to Anthony as they returned to Greenwich by barge.[2]
  • He was returned as knight of the shire for Surrey in 1539 and was then re-elected in 1542, 1545, and 1547.
  • Sometime after 1540, he married Elizabeth Fitzgerald, daughter of Gerald FitzGerald, 9th Earl of Kildare, his wife Alice having died. They had two children who died young. Elizabeth was one of the great beauties of the Court, known as " the fair Geraldine". After his death she remarried Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln.
  • 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. By 1547, he was Keeper of Oatlands Palace
  • He died on 28 April 1548 at Byfleet, Surrey, and was buried at Battle in a tomb with his first wife. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Anthony.
  • 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 her first name, but it was allegedly his sister. One piece of information, however, points to it being his sister, 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 earlier rumours of an affair, shortly before his marriage to Anne of Cleves.[3]
  • From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Anthony_Browne_(d.1548)
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  • BROWNE, Sir ANTHONY (d. 1548), politician, only son of Sir Anthony Browne, standard-bearer of England and constable of Calais, and of his wile Lady Lucy Nevill, daughter and coheiress of John Nevill, marquis Montacute, and niece of Richard, earl of Warwick, was knighted in 1623 after the successful siege of Morlaix. In 1624 he was made esquire of the body to King Henry VIII, and from that time until the death of Henry he became more and more the friend of his sovereign. In 1626 he was created lieutenant of the Isle of Man during the minority of Edward, earl of Derby. In 1628, and again in 1533, Browne was sent into France; on the first occasion to invest Francis I with the order of the Garter, and on the second to attend that king to Nice for the conference with the pope respecting the divorce of Henry VIII and Catherine of Arragon. In 1539 Browne was made master of the horse, and in 1540 he was created a knight of the Garter.
  • Battle Abbey was granted to Browne in 1538 ; he occupied the abbot's lodging, and razed to the ground the church, the cloisters, and the chapter-house. At the same time he received tne priory of St. Mary Overy in Southwark, and the house which he built there was for generations the London residence of his descendants the Viscounts Montague. The manors of Godstow, of Send m Sussex, and of Brede, which included a considerable part of the town of Hastings, were also granted to Browne; and in 1543, on the death of his half-brother, Sir William Fitzwilliam, K.G., earl of Southampton, he inherited the Cistercian abbey of Waverley, the monasteries of Bayham near Lamberhurst and of Calceto near Arundel, the priory of Easeboume, and the estate of Cowdray, both close to Midhurst. Part of the magnificent mansion of Cowdray had already been built by the Earl of Southampton, but much was added to it by Browne.
  • In 1540 Browne was sent to the court of John of Cleves to act as proxy at the marriage of Henry VIII with Anne of Cleves. In 1543 he accompanied the Duke of Norfolk in an expedition against the Scots, and in the following vear, as master of the horse, he attended Henry VIII at the siege of Boulogne. In 1545 he was made justice in eyre of all the king's forests north of the Trent, and in the same year he was constituted standard-bearer to Henry VIII as his father had been to Henry VII. During the last illness of Henry VIII Browne, with 'good courage and conscience,' undertook to tell the king of his approaching end. Henry appointed him guardian to Prince Edward and to Princess Elizabeth, made him one of his executors, and left him a legacy of 300l. On the king's death Browne went to Hertford in order to tell the news to the young prince; and when Edward VI made his public entry into London, Browne, as master of the horse, rode next to him. But Browne survived Henry VIII only one year. On 6 May 1548 he died at a house which he had built at Byfleet in Surrey. He was buried with great pomp at Battle, under a splendid altar-tomb which he had himself prepared.
  • Browne was twice married. His first wife, whose effigy lies on the tomb at Battle beside his own, was Alys, daughter of Sir John Gage, K.G., constable of the Tower. By her he had seven sons and three daughters; the eldest son, Anthony, succeeded to his father's estates, and was created in 1554 Viscount Montague. Browne's second wife was Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald, daughter of Gerald, ninth earl of Kildare, and better known as 'the fair Geraldine.' At the time of this marriage Browne was sixty, and the bride only fifteen years of age. Her two sons died in infancy. After the death of Browne his young widow married Sir Edward Clinton, first earl of Lincoln, and was buried with him in St. George's Chapel, Windsor.
  • [Collins's Peerage; Baronagium Genealogicum, 1732; Sussex Archeological Collections; Dallaway's History of Sussex.]
  • From: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Browne,_Anthony_(d.1548)_(DNB00)
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Sir Anthony Browne's Timeline

1500
June 29, 1500
Of Bechworth, Surrey, England
1526
1526
Age 25
Easebourne, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
1527
1527
Age 26
near Easebourne, Sussex, England
1528
November 29, 1528
Age 28
Cowdry Park By, Easebourne, Sussex, England
1528
Age 27
Cowdray Park,Eastbourne ,Sussex England
1529
1529
Age 28
Cowdray Park,Eastbourne ,Sussex England
1530
1530
Age 29
Cowdray, Sussex, England
1532
1532
Age 31
Cowdray Park,Eastbourne ,Sussex England
1534
1534
Age 33
Cowdray Park,Eastbourne ,Sussex England
1538
1538
Age 37
Easebourne, Sussex, England