Anthony Browne, Knight (c.1500 - 1568) MP

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Birthplace: Of Bechworth, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Bysscet, Surrey, England
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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's Timeline

1500
June 29, 1500
Of Bechworth, Surrey, England
1526
1526
Age 25
Abt. 1527 Of Cowdry Park By, Easebourne, Sussex, England
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