Anthony Browne, Knight (c.1443 - 1506) MP

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Nicknames: "Standard Bearer of the King"
Birthplace: Bechworth Castle, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Calais, Pas-de-Calais, Picardie, France
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About Anthony Browne, Knight

Sir Anthony Browne (29 June 1443[1] - c. 17 November 1506) was the son of Sir Thomas Browne and Eleanor FitzAlan. He served as standard-bearer to Henry VII, and Lieutenant of Calais.

Anthony Browne, born at Betchworth Castle,[1] was a younger son of Sir Thomas Browne and Eleanor Arundel, daughter of Sir Thomas Arundel, third son of John de Arundel, 2nd Baron Arundel (d. 14 August 1390), and Elizabeth le Despenser (d. 10 or 11 April 1408). He was a younger brother of Sir George Browne.[2][3]


During the reign of Henry VII, he was Standard Bearer of England,[4] Governor of Queenborough Castle, and Constable of Calais.


He died at Calais.

His second wife, Lucy, was an unswerving supporter of the House of York and in the reign of Henry VII was noted as one who "loves not the King" and was actively promoting the rival claim of her cousin Edmund de la Pole, 3rd Duke of Suffolk.[5] This, combined with her husband's possession of a crucial fortress, was a constant worry to supporters of Henry VII: John Flamanck's report of a secret conversation between several officials in Calais in 1504, on the likely sequel if the King should die, referred to the risk that she would seize Calais and hold it in Suffolk's name.[6] The heavy fine imposed on her in 1507, although the pretext was her late husband's neglect of duty, was very likely a warning by the Crown not to meddle in politics.[7] She appears to have heeded the warning and lived peacefully until 1534.

Sir Anthony Browne married firstly Eleanor Ughtred, daughter of Sir Robert Ughtred (c.1428-c.1487)[8][9] of Kexby, North Yorkshire, and Katherine Eure, daughter of Sir William Eure, by whom he had an only daughter, Anne Browne, who married Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.[10][9]


He married secondly Lucy Neville, widow of Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam of Aldwark, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire, and daughter of John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu, and Isabel Ingaldesthorpe, by whom he had two sons and two daughters:[11][4]

  • Sir Anthony Browne (1500-1548); a courtier to Henry VIII.
  • Henry Browne.
  • Elizabeth Browne, Countess of Worcester, who married, as his second wife, Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester.[12] She was the principal witness against Anne Boleyn, and there were rumours that she had been a mistress of Henry VIII.[13]
  • Lucy Browne, who married firstly John Cutts, and secondly Thomas Clifford.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Anthony_Browne_(d.1506)

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  • Sir Anthony Browne1
  • M, #1026, b. 29 June 1443, d. 19 November 1506
  • Last Edited=3 Apr 2009
  • Sir Anthony Browne was born on 29 June 1443 at Bettsworth Castle, Surrey, England.2 He was the son of Sir Thomas Browne and Eleanor Fitzalan.1 He married Lady Lucy Neville, daughter of Sir John Neville, 1st and last Marquess of Montagu and Isabel Ingaldesthorpe, before 1506.3 He died on 19 November 1506 at age 63 at Calais, Normandy, France.2
  • He held the office of Standard-Bearer of England.3
  • Child of Sir Anthony Browne and Alice (?)
    • 1.Anne Browne d. c 1511
  • Children of Sir Anthony Browne and Lady Lucy Neville
    • 1.Elizabeth Browne+4 d. bt 20 Apr 1565 - 23 Oct 1565
    • 2.Anne Browne+5
    • 3.Lucy Browne6
    • 4.Sir Anthony Browne+ b. 1500, d. 1548
  • Citations
  • 1.[S15] George Edward Cokayne, editor, The Complete Baronetage, 5 volumes (no date (c. 1900); reprint, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1983), volume II, page 28. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Baronetage.
  • 2.[S2313] Rob Underhill, "re: Stanley Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 9 June 2007. Hereinafter cited as "re: Stanley Family."
  • 3.[S8] BP1999 volume 1, page 17. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S8]
  • 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/2, page 852. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 5.[S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1103. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 6.[S37] BP2003. [S37]
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p103.htm#i1026
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  • Anthony BROWNE (Sir)
  • Born: 1443
  • Died: 19 Nov 1506
  • Buried: Calais
  • Notes: Standard Bearer of England 1485, Esquire for the Body, Governor of Queenborough Castle in Kent, and Knighted 1486. Constable of yea Castle of Calais, 1503. Will dated 25 Sep 1505.
  • Father: Thomas BROWNE (Sir Sheriff)
  • Mother: Eleanor FITZALAN
  • Married 1: Eleanor OUGHTRED Jan 1488, St Wilfred's, York, Yorkshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Anne BROWNE
  • Married 2: Lucy NEVILLE
  • Children:
    • 2. Anthony BROWNE (Sir Knight)
    • 3. Elizabeth BROWNE (C. Worcester)
    • 4. Lucy BROWNE
    • 5. William BROWNE
    • 6. Henry BROWNE
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/BROWNE1.htm#Anthony BROWNE (Sir)2
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  • A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies ... By John Burke, Sir Bernard Burke
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=LKIKAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA87&lpg=PA87&dq=George+Browne+1483&source=bl&ots=4TOUz1a9fJ&sig=hQxyWw8O05RE7JqgevDemme1ruY&hl=en&ei=rM_lS47ZC4L6sgP0n_XQCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBkQ6AEwATgK#v=onepage&q=George%20Browne%201483&f=false
  • Pg. 87
  • SIR ANTHONY BROWNE, created a knight of the Bath at the coronation of RICHARD II. married, and had two sons, Sir Richard, his heir, and Stephen, lord mayor of London in 1430. The elder
  • SIR ROBERT BROWNE, living temp. HENRY V. was father of
  • SIR THOMAS BROWNE, treasurer of the household to HENRY VI. and sheriff of Kent in 1444 and 1460. He m. Eleanor, daughter and sole heir of Sir Thomas Fitz-Alan, of Beechworth Castle, brother of John, Earl of Arundel, and had issue,
    • I. GEORGE (Sir), his heir.
    • II. William, whose son removed to Tavistock. This line is extinct.
    • III. Robert (Sir), knt. m. Mary, daughter of Sir William Mallet, knt., and had an only daughter and heiress, Eleanor, wife, first, of Sir Thomas Fogge, and secondly, of Sir William Kempe.
    • IV. Anthony (Sir), standard-bearer of England, esquire of the body, governor of Queenboro' Castle, and constable fo the castle of Calais. From this eminent person derive the LORDS MONTAGU, the heiress of which distinguished family, the Hon. ELIZABETH MARY BROWN, wedded WILLIAM STEPHEN POYNTZ, esq. M.P. (See BURKE'S Extinct Peerage and Commoners.)
    • I. Catherine, m. to Humphry Sackville of Buckhurst.
  • Sir Thomas was s. by his eldest son,
  • SIR GEORGE BROWNE, knt. of Beechworth Castle, sheriff of Kent in 1481, who espousing the cause of the Earl of Richmond, was included in the proclamation for apprehending the Duke of Buckingham and his associates, and being soon after taken, suffered decapitation in London anno 1483. he m. Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Pason, and widow of Richard Lord Poynings, and was s. by his son, .... etc.
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  • SIR ANTHONY BROWNE, was appointed in the first year of King HENRY VII. standard-bearer for the whole realm of England and elsewhere; and the next year, being then one of the esquires of the king's body, was constituted governor of Queenborough Castle, in Kent, in which year, being in the battle of Neward upon Trent, 16th June, when John de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln, and the pretender, Labert Simnell, sustained a signal defeat, he was knighted for his valiant behaviour. In the eighteenth of the same reign, being constable of the castle of Calais, he and Sir Richard Nasan, deputy-lieutenant of Calais, were commissioned, in consideration of "their loyalty, industry, foresight, and car," to receive the sum of 25,000 franks in gold, due 1st November, 1502, bieng an annual payment from the French king, according to agreement concluded 3rd November, 1492; and again, in two years afterwards he was commissioned to receive the same payment. His last will and testament is dated at Calais, 25th September, 1505, ans was proved 19th November, 1506, wherein, being written, Sir Anthony Browne, knt. Lieutenant of the castle of Calais, he orders his body to be buried in the resurrection church, in St. Nicholas's Chapel, by his wife, and bequeathes to every brotherhood within the said church ten shillings, and to the lord prior of Christ Church, Canterbury, a standing cup of silver gilt; as also two others, to Sir Edward Poynings and Sir Hugh Conway, whom he sonsitutes overseers of his will, and Lucy, his wife, executrix, which Lucy was one of the daughters and co-heirs of John Nevil, MARQUESS OF MONTAGU, and widow of Sir Thomas FitzWilliams, of Aldwarke, in the county of York. By her he left, with two daughters, Elizabeth, the wife of Henry Somerset, Earl of Worcester, and Lucy, of Sir Thomas Clifford, knt. on only son, his successor,
  • SIR ANTHONY BROWNE, who was with the Earl of Surry, lord high admiral, at Southampton, in the fourteenth HENRY VIII. when he conveyed the Emperor from that port to Biscay; and after landing at Morleis, in Brittany, was knighted for is valour in the assault and winning of that town. He m. Alice, daughter of Sir John Gage, K.G. and had issue,
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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, 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. .... etc.
  • From: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Browne,_Anthony_(d.1548)_(DNB00)
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  • Links
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Bearer_of_England
  • http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p736.htm#i22102
  • http://www.theweald.org/N10.asp?NId=20170020
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The 14th great grandfather of Prince Charles (son of Queen Elizabeth II of England).

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Sir Anthony Browne's Timeline

1443
June 29, 1443
Bechworth Castle, Surrey, England
1488
January 1488
Age 44
St Wilfred's, York, Yorkshire, England
1500
June 29, 1500
Age 57
Of Bechworth, Surrey, England
1501
1501
Age 57
1502
1502
Age 58
Bechworth, Surrey, England
1503
1503
Age 59
1506
November 19, 1506
Age 63
Calais, Pas-de-Calais, Picardie, France
November 19, 1506
Age 63
Calais
1506
Age 62
1946
September 17, 1946
Age 63