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Anthony Browne

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Cowdray Park, Midhurst, Sussex, England
Death: October 19, 1592 (63)
Cowdray Park, Midhurst, Sussex, England
Place of Burial: Midhurst, Sussex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Anthony Browne, MP and Alice Browne
Husband of Magdalene d'Acre, Viscountess Montague and Jane Radcliffe
Father of Phillip Brown Browne; George Browne; Sir Henry Browne; Jane Lacon; Thomas Browne and 4 others
Brother of William Browne, Esq.; Mary Capell; Elizabeth Browne; Thomas Browne; Robert Browne and 6 others

Occupation: 1st Viscount Montague, one of the 15 executors ofQueen Mary, and one of the chief mourners at her funeral
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About Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu

'BROWNE, Anthony I (1528-92), of Battle Abbey and Cowdray Park, Suss.

Family and Education

'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

Offices Held

  • Standard bearer Jan. 1546-d.; sheriff, Surr. and Suss. 1552-3; commr. goods of churches and fraternities, Suss. 1553, musters, Surr. in 1557, 1572/3, in 1583, Suss. from 1569, subsidy, Surr. 1559; other commissions 1553-?d.; keeper, Guildford park Oct. 1553-d., Hampton Court chase June 1554-d.; j.p. Surr., Suss. 1554-d.; master of the horse to King Philip Apr.-Sept. 1554; trier of petitions in the Lords, Parlts. of 1555 and 1558; PC 28 Apr. 1557; ld. lt., Suss. Mar.-Oct. 1558, jt. Nov. 1569-85; envoy to Rome 1555, Spain 1560, Flanders 1565-6.2


Anthony Browne evidently owed his return for Guildford to the Parliaments of 1545 and 1547 to his father, who was senior knight of the shire on both occasions and who had been joint keeper of Guildford park since 1527 and sole keeper since the death of his half-brother, Sir William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton, whose property in the borough he had also inherited. The younger Browne was first returned on 26 Dec. 1544, a few weeks after his 16th birthday (although the Parliament did not meet until a few days before his 17th), yet he took precedence over his fellow-Member Thomas Elyot, who was his father’s servant. Sir Anthony Browne also obtained his son’s appointment as royal standard bearer, surrendering his own patent of the office in return for a grant to himself and his son in survivorship. The younger Browne accompanied his kinsman John Dudley, Viscount Lisle, to France in the summer of 1546, being given £40 towards his expenses by Henry VIII, and was knighted at the coronation of Edward VI. He was still under age when his father died in April 1548, and in the following January (Sir) Thomas Wroth was appointed standard bearer during his minority, but he was allowed to buy his own wardship for £333 6s.8d. In May 1550, six months after he came of age, he received livery of his lands.3

Browne’s career received its first check in the following year, when he spent six weeks in prison for hearing mass. He admitted to the Council on 22 Mar. 1551 that he had done so ‘twice or thrice at the Newhall and once at Romford now, as my Lady Mary was coming hither about ten days past’. The Council sent Browne to the Fleet; on 4 May he and (Sir) Richard Morgan who had likewise heard mass in Princess Mary’s chapel, were released ‘with warning to beware how they erred again’. Although there is no evidence that he then conformed, Browne was pricked sheriff of Surrey and Sussex in November 1552 and in the following year was even made a commissioner for church goods. These appointments may have been bids for his support by John Dudley, now Duke of Northumberland, who also perhaps procured his young kinsman’s return for Petersfield to the Parliament of March 1553. Fitzwilliam had held land in the neighbourhood but in tail male so that it had not passed to the Brownes. The lord of the borough, Henry Weston, was then about 18 years old and his stepfather, John Vaughan II, took the junior seat: Vaughan’s kinsman Sir Roger Vaughan may already have been married to a daughter of Henry, 2nd Earl of Worcester, by Browne’s aunt Elizabeth, but it is unlikely that Vaughan, especially in view of his own relegation to the junior seat, could have exercised complete control over the election. Browne himself seems to have intervened in several elections as sheriff of Surrey and Sussex, and his return of George Rithe for Bramber may have been part of an electoral bargain whereby Rithe, who held lands near Petersfield, stood down there in Browne’s favour.4

Browne was re-elected for Petersfield, with Rithe, to the first Parliament of the new reign, after he had apparently rallied to Queen Mary. He was also returned for Stafford to this Parliament, doubtless on the nomination of Lord Stafford. Browne’s wife was related to Stafford—the name of Browne’s ‘base brother’ Charles Stafford alias Browne is of interest in this connexion—and Browne may have had a hand in the choice of his replacement there, Simon Lowe alias Fyfield, a friend of Browne’s steward William Denton: Denton himself was to sit in eight successive Parliaments for Browne’s own borough of Midhurst. Having at length achieved the knighthood of the shire in the Parliament of April 1554, Browne was raised to the peerage in the following September. He probably owed this honour to an attempt to cover up a blunder of King Philip. In June 1554, when an English household was set up for Philip before his marriage, Browne was appointed his master of the horse and was given £200 to provide for his stable. Great was the indignation when Philip arrived in July with a Spanish household and promptly dismissed the Englishmen. It was particularly inept, since in the previous March the Spanish ambassador had bought Browne’s friendship with a gift of 150 crowns. Several anxious letters were exchanged about the ‘Browne affair’, which was settled by his creation as viscount, with an annuity of 20 marks, a material reward augmented in February 1555 by a grant of lands, made in consideration of his service to the Queen during the recent rebellions and for the better maintenance of a viscount’s estate. He was also granted a Spanish pension of 500 crowns a year; that this was already two years in arrear in 1558 reflected no lack of confidence in Browne, whom the Spanish ambassador succinctly appraised as ‘a good man and a Christian’.5

In February 1555 Philip and Mary sent Bishop Thirlby, Viscount Montagu and Sir Edward Carne to treat for the reconciliation of the Church in England to the papacy. On his way home Montagu visited Venice. Back in England he was the chief mourner at the funeral of Bishop Gardiner, who had named him one of his executors. In April 1556 Montagu was given licence to retain 60 men, and a year later he was sworn a member of the Privy Council. In the summer of 1557 he served under the Earl of Pembroke as lieutenant of the army preparing to defend Calais and was present at the siege of St. Quentin, and in the spring of 1558, as lieutenant of Sussex, he organized the defences of the English coast.6

Nothing is known of Browne’s role in the Commons but he was an active member of the Lords: during Mary’s reign he was regular in attendance and was frequently appointed to committees, including one in 1555 for the bill to punish exiles. On 14 Nov. 1558 he was a member of the Lords’ delegation to the Commons about a subsidy. In Elizabeth’s first Parliament he voted for the bill to restore first fruits and tenths to the crown, but was the only temporal peer to oppose the bills for the dissolution of the religious houses restored by Mary and for the re-establishment of the royal supremacy; he also voted against the bill for uniformity, in conjunction with eight other temporal peers. His speech against the supremacy bill has recently come to light: he objected to the abrogation of the mass and the profanation of the sacraments but he also warned of the danger to the realm should the pope proceed to its excommunication, with the consequent threat of invasion or rebellion, and besought the House to ‘be not noted thus often to change your faith and religion, and with the Prince to bury your faith’. He again distinguished himself in the Parliament of 1563 by his opposition to the bill for extending the obligation to take the oath of supremacy and for sharpening the penalties for refusal. A new law, he said, ought to be necessary, just and reasonable, and apt and fit to be put in execution, and the proposed measure was none of these things. Speaking on his last point, he asked, ‘What man is there so without courage and stomach, or void of all honour, that can consent or agree to receive an opinion and new religion by force and compulsion?’ Although the Act was passed (5 Eliz., c.1), peers were exempted from its operation and Montagu was not therefore tendered the oath. In November 1566 he opposed the bill to confirm the consecration of bishops.7

His opposition to the Anglican settlement had not excluded Montagu from employment. In January 1560 Elizabeth sent him—against his will, as he told the Spanish ambassador, and accompanied by a man to spy on him—to tell Philip of the French landings in Scotland and to ask his help to prevent an invasion of England. In 1565 he was employed to negotiate a commercial treaty with the Netherlands, which moved him to comment to the Spanish ambassador, ‘I cannot understand these people; they cannot endure me and yet they send me to do their business for them’. Four years later his unswerving loyalty received signal recognition when he was appointed joint lord lieutenant of Sussex.8

Montagu was the subject of many rumours in the various Catholic intrigues of the day, doubtless because of the involvement of many of his kinsmen and associates. His servant George Chamberlain is said to have fled overseas ‘upon the rebellion in the north’, and Chamberlain’s activities, perhaps in conjunction with those of Montagu’s son-in-law Henry, 2nd Earl of Southampton, may explain the otherwise incomprehensible reports of the Spanish ambassador made late in 1569. In the first, of 1 Dec. 1569, within a fortnight of Montagu’s being commissioned joint lieutenant of Sussex, he said that Montagu and Southampton had sent to ask him whether they should take up arms or go over to join Alva. Then on 18 Dec. he wrote that they had taken the latter course, but had been driven back by contrary winds and summoned to court to explain their conduct—whereupon Montagu received the governorship of Sussex. The ambassador added that Montagu had sent ‘George Hamberton, a kinsman of the Duchess of Feria’ to assure Alva of his good intentions. ‘Hamberton’ may well have been Chamberlain, whose contacts with his kinswoman had been one of the causes of his arrest seven years earlier; Southampton was indeed imprisoned but not until June 1570. In August 1580 the Spanish ambassador thought that Montagu was likely to be arrested and a month later the Venetian ambassador reported that he was in prison, but there is no confirmation of this.9

Although Montagu was removed from the Sussex lieutenancy in 1585, in the following year he was appointed a commissioner for the trial of Mary Queen of Scots and he remained active in his shire. On 21 Aug. 1587 the Council wrote to thank him for the speed with which he had travelled to the coast on hearing reports that foreign ships had been sighted, and in the Armada crisis of the following year he showed himself equally anxious to help. According to a pamphlet written by Lord Burghley, but purporting to be by an English Catholic, he led 200 horsemen to Tilbury, determined ‘to live and die in defence of the Queen and of his country’. Three years later Elizabeth spent a week at Cowdray Park and among the knights dubbed during her stay were Montagu’s second son George and his son-in-law Robert Dormer†.10

Montagu died on 19 Oct. 1592 at his house in Horsley, Surrey, and was buried at Midhurst: his tomb, on which he is depicted with his two wives, was later removed to Easebourne church, close to the entrance to Cowdray Park. Several portraits survive. The executors of his will, proved on 14 Mar. 1593, were his wife Magdalen, his son-in-law Dormer, Edward Gage, Richard Lewknor† and Edmund Pelham† and the supervisor (Sir) Thomas Heneage, who was later to be the second husband of Montagu’s daughter the Countess of Southampton. His heir was his grandson Anthony Maria, who had married Buckhurst’s daughter.11

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: S. R. Johnson


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from age at fa.’s i.p.m., C142/89/153. Vis. Suss. (Harl. Soc. liii), 83-84; DNB; CP; R. Smith, Magdalen Viscountess Montague, ed. Southern, pp. xii. 22.
  • 2. LP Hen. VIII, xxi; CPR, 1553, p. 415; 1553-4, pp. 24, 28, 29, 35, 272, 392; 1554-5, pp. 107, 111; 1563-6, pp. 37-40, 43; CSP Dom. 1547-80, pp. 102, 108, 129, 337; HMC 7th Rep. 613, 628, 639; APC, v. 32; vi. 81; vii. 376; CSP Span. 1554-8, pp. 140, 369; 1580-6, p. 604; LJ, i. 492, 513; HMC Hatfield, i. 443; CSP For. 1559-60, p. 292; 1564-5, p. 313.
  • 3. LP Hen. VIII, xxi; CPR, 1549-51, p. 173; 1553, p. 406; Index 10217(1), f. 46b.
  • 4. APC, iii. 239, 270; Lit. Rems. Edw. VI, 309-10.
  • 5. CPR, 1554-5, p. 314; C219/21/142; PCC 22 Nevell; APC, v. 32; CSP Span. 1554, p. 158; 1554-8, pp. 41, 49, 58, 373, 455.
  • 6. CSP Span. 1554-8, pp. 140, 144; CSP For. 1553-8, pp. 180, 182; Letters of Stephen Gardiner, ed. Muller, 502-17; CPR, 1555-7, p. 18; APC, vi. 81; HMC Foljambe, 5, 6, 8; Suss. Arch. Colls. v. 189; CSP Dom. 1547-80, pp. 102, 108.
  • 7. M. A. R. Graves, ‘The Tudor House of Lords 1547-58’, (Otago Univ. Ph.D. thesis, 1974), ii. 268-9; CJ, i. 52; Neale, Eliz. Parlts. i. 45, 73, 75, 80, 120; Suss. Arch. Colls. cviii. 50-57; Strype, Annals, i(1), 442-6; LJ, i. 641.
  • 8. CSP For. 1559-60, pp. 292, 315-21, 601-3; 1564-5, p. 313; CSP Span. 1558-67, pp. 121, 407; Suss. Arch. Colls. cvi. 103-12.
  • 9. CSP Span. 1568-79, pp. 213-14, 218; 1580-6, p. 50; CSP Dom. Add. 1566-79, pp. 287, 372; APC, vii. 366; CSP Rom. 1558-71, p. 347; CSP Ven. 1558-80, p. 646.
  • 10. State Trials, ed. Howell, i. 1166; APC, xv. 198; xvi. 175, 177-8; Harl. Misc. i. 154; R. B. Manning, Rel. and Soc. in Eliz. Suss. 229-30; Suss. Arch. Colls. v. 185-7.
  • 11. C142/235/110; Suss. Arch. Colls. v. 189; Nairn and Pevsner, Suss. 212; R. C. Strong, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, i. 224-6; PCC 22 Nevell


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'Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu KG PC (29 November 1528 – 19 October 1592) was an English peer during the Tudor period.

'Anthony Browne was the eldest of the six sons[1] of Sir Anthony Browne by his first wife, Alice Gage (d. 31 March 1540), the daughter of Sir John Gage of Firle, Sussex. He had five brothers, Thomas, William, Francis, Henry, and a second William, and three sisters, Mary, who married firstly Lord John Grey of Pirgo, and secondly, Sir Henry Capel, esquire; Mabel, who married Gerald Fitzgerald, 11th Earl of Kildare; and Lucy, who married Thomas Roper, esquire. After the death of Alice Gage, Sir Anthony Browne married secondly, in 1542, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, the daughter of Gerald FitzGerald, 9th Earl of Kildare, by his second wife, Elizabeth Grey, the daughter of Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset, by whom he had two sons, Edward and Thomas. After the death of Sir Anthony Browne, his widow, Elizabeth, married Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln.[2] ....

'Montague died at his manor house in West Horsley, Surrey, on 19 October 1592 of a lingering illness, and was buried at Midhurst on 6 December. His tomb of marble and alabaster, surmounted by effigies of himself and his two wives, so closely resembles the Southampton monument at Titchfield as to be, according to Elzinga, 'a testament to the closeness between Montague and Southampton'.[17]

'Anthony Browne married firstly, Jane Radcliffe, daughter of Robert Radcliffe, 1st Earl of Sussex, by whom he had a son and a daughter:[18]

  • Anthony Browne (22 July 1552 – 29 June 1592), who married Mary Dormer, the daughter of Sir William Dormer (d.1575) by his second wife, Dorothy Catesby, the daughter of Anthony Catesby, esquire. Anthony Browne predeceased his father by four months, leaving a son, Anthony, who succeeded as 2nd Viscount Montague, as well as another son, John, and three daughters, Dorothy, who married Edmund Lee, esquire, Jane, who married Sir Francis Englefield (c.1561 – 26 October 1631), 1st Baronet Englefield, and Katherine, who married a husband surnamed Throckmorton.[19] Anthony Browne's widow, Mary Dormer, married secondly, Sir Edmund Uvedale (d. 6 April 1606), and thirdly, Sir Thomas Gerard (d. 16 February 1621), son and heir of Sir Thomas Gerard by Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of Sir John Port. In her will dated 20 July 1637, Mary Dormer requested that she be buried at Midhurst, Sussex, near her first husband, Anthony Browne.
  • Mary Browne, who married firstly, Henry Wriothesley, 2nd Earl of Southampton, by whom she had a son, Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, and a daughter, Mary, who married Thomas Arundell, 1st Baron Arundell of Wardour. She married secondly, Sir Thomas Heneage, and thirdly, William Hervey, 1st Baron Hervey, but had no issue by her second and third marriages.

'After Jane's death in childbirth on 22 July 1552 after giving birth to twins,[citation needed] Montague married, before 10 December 1558, Magdalen Dacre (d. 8 April 1608), daughter of William Dacre, 4th Baron Dacre of Gilsland, by Elizabeth Talbot, daughter of George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury, by whom he had three sons[20] and three daughters:[21]

  • Sir George Browne (d. April 1615).
  • Sir Henry Browne, who married firstly Anne Catesby, and secondly Elizabeth Hungate.
  • Thomas Browne.
  • Elizabeth Browne (d.1631), who married Robert Dormer, 1st Baron Dormer, the son of Sir William Dormer by his second wife, Dorothy Catesby (d.1613).
  • Mabel Browne, who married Sir Henry Capel.[22]
  • Jane Browne, who married Sir Francis Lacon.


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  • 'Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu1
  • 'M, #23779, b. circa 1527, d. 1592
  • Last Edited=1 Nov 2012
  • ' Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu was born circa 1527. He was the son of Sir Anthony Browne and Alice Gage. He married, firstly, Lady Jane Radcliffe, daughter of Robert Radcliffe, 1st Earl of Sussex and Lady Margaret Stanley, circa 1551.3 He married, secondly, Magdalen Dacre, daughter of William Dacre, 3rd Lord Dacre (of Gilsland) and Lady Elizabeth Talbot, before 10 December 1558.4,5 He died in 1592.
  • ' He gained the title of 1st Viscount Montagu. He has an extensive biographical entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.6
  • 'Child of Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu
    • 1.Hon. Sir George Browne+7
  • 'Children of Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu and Magdalen Dacre
    • 1.Hon. Elizabeth Browne+8 d. a 29 Sep 1623
    • 2.Hon. Sir Henry Browne+4 d. c Jan 1628
  • 'Children of Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu and Lady Jane Radcliffe
    • 1.Hon. Anthony Browne+9 d. 29 Jun 1592
    • 2.Hon. Mary Browne+1 b. 22 Jul 1552, d. bt 22 Apr 1607 - 14 Nov 1607
  • Citations
  • 1.[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 I, page 264. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family."
  • 3.[S1541] Beatrice Potter, "re: Lady Isabella Somerset," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 30 November 2005. Hereinafter cited as "re: Isabella Somerset."
  • 4.[S15] George Edward Cokayne, editor, The Complete Baronetage, 5 volumes (no date (c. 1900); reprint, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1983), volume III, page 21. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Baronetage.
  • 5.[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 1, page 1014. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 6.[S18] Matthew H.C.G., editor, Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1995), Browne, Anthony. Hereinafter cited as Dictionary of National Biography.
  • 7.[S15] George Edward Cokayne, The Complete Baronetage, volume IV, page 14.
  • 8.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 1, page 1168.
  • 9.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume IX, page 100.
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  • 'Sir Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, Sheriff of Surrey & Sussex1,2,3,4,5
  • 'M, #94696, b. circa 1528, d. 19 October 1592
  • Father Sir Anthony Browne, Master of the Horse, Ambassador to France1,6,7 b. 29 Jun 1500, d. 6 May 1548
  • Mother Alice Gage1,6,7 b. c 1506, d. 31 Mar 1540
  • ' Sir Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, Sheriff of Surrey & Sussex was born circa 1528 at of Battle Abbey & Cowdray Park, Sussex, England.1 He married Jane Radcliffe, daughter of Sir Robert Radcliffe, 1st Earl Sussex, Viscount FitzWalter, 7th Lord FitzWalter, Great Chamberlain of England and Margaret Stanley, circa 1549; They had 1 son (Anthony) and 1 daughter (Mary, wife of Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton).2,3,4 Sir Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, Sheriff of Surrey & Sussex married Magdalen Dacre, daughter of William Dacre, 4th Lord Dacre of the North and Elizabeth Talbot, before 10 December 1558; They had 3 sons (Sir George; Thomas; & Henry) and 3 daughters (Elizabeth, wife of Sir Robert, 1st Lord Dormer; Mabel, wife of Sir Henry Capell; & Jane, wife of Sir Francis Lacon).3,4 Sir Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, Sheriff of Surrey & Sussex left a will on 19 July 1592.1 He died on 19 October 1592 at Horsley Manor, West Horsley, Surrey, England.1,3,4 He was buried on 6 December 1592 at Midhurst, Sussex, England; Remains were later removed to Easebourne, Sussex.1 His estate was probated on 14 March 1593.3,4
  • 'Family 1 Jane Radcliffe b. c 1532, d. 22 Jul 1552
  • Children
    • Mary Browne+8,5 b. c 1550, d. Nov 1607
    • Anthony Brown+3,4 b. 22 Jul 1552, d. 29 Jun 1592
  • 'Family 2 Magdalen Dacre b. 1538, d. 8 Apr 1608
  • Child
    • Elizabeth Browne+9 b. c 1562, d. a 29 Sep 1623
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. IX, p. 97-99.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 375.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 228.
  • 4.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 182-183.
  • 5.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 466.
  • 6.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 226-227.
  • 7.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 180-182.
  • 8.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XII/1, p. 126-127.
  • 9.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
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  • 'Anthony BROWNE (1º V. Montague)
  • 'Born: 29 Nov 1528/9, Battle Abbey and Cowdray Park, Sussex of Elsing, Norfolk, England
  • 'Acceded: 2 Sep 1554
  • 'Died: 19 Oct 1592, West Horsley, Surrey, England
  • 'Buried: 6 Dec 1592, Midhurst, England
  • Notes: See his Biography.
  • Father: Anthony BROWNE (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Alice GAGE
  • 'Married 1: Jane RADCLIFFE
  • Children:
    • 1. Anthony BROWNE (Sir)
    • 2. Mary BROWNE (C. Southampton)
  • 'Married 2: Magdalen DACRE (V. Montague) 15 Jul 1558, St. James’s Palace
  • Children:
    • 3. Phillip BROWNE (b. 1559)
    • 4. Henry BROWNE (Sir)
    • 5. George BROWNE
    • 6. Anthony BROWNE (Sir)
    • 7. Jane BROWNE
    • 8. Mary BROWNE
    • 9. Elizabeth BROWNE
    • 10. Mabel BROWNE
    • 11. Thomas BROWNE
    • 12. William BROWNE
  • From: BROWNE (1º V. Montague)
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  • 'Dictionary of national biography (1885) Vol. 7. VII. Brown-Burthogge
  • Pg. 40
  • '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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  • 'Dictionary of national biography (1885) Vol. 7. VII. Brown-Burthogge
  • Pg. 38
  • 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, ...
  • Pg. 39

'... the eldest son, Anthony, succeeded to his father's estates, and was created in 1554 Viscount Montague.

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  • 'Montagu, Viscount (E, 1554 - 1797)
  • 'Anthony [Browne], 1st Viscount Montagu, KG PC
  • son and heir of Sir Anthony Browne KG, of Battle Abbey and Cowdray Park, co. Sussex (by his first wife Alice Gage, dau. of Sir John Gage KG), 1st son and heir of Sir Anthony Browne, Standard Bearer of England, by his wife Lady Lucy Neville, 4th dau. of John [Neville], 1st Marquess of Montagu
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  • 'Anthony Browne K.B., K.G., 1st Viscount Montogue1
  • M
  • ' Anthony Browne K.B., K.G., 1st Viscount Montogue married Jane Radcliffe, daughter of Robert Radcliffe K.B., K.G., 1st Earl of Sussex and Margaret Stanley. Anthony Browne K.B., K.G., 1st Viscount Montogue was buried on 19 October 1592 at West Horsley, Surrey.
  • 'Child of Anthony Browne K.B., K.G., 1st Viscount Montogue and Jane Radcliffe
    • Honorable Anthony Browne+ b. 22 Jul 1552, d. 29 Jun 1592
  • Citations
  • 1.[S163] , 1966.
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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 married first Henry Wriothesley, 2nd Earl of Southampton, second Sir Thomas Heneage, third Henry Hervey, 1st Baron Hervey; and his son and heir Anthony-Maria Browne, 2nd Viscount Montagu

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.

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   BROWNE Viscount Montagu
   Sex: M
   Birth: 1528 in of Battle Abbey and Cowdray Park, Sussex of Elsing in Norff.
   Death: 19 OCT 1592 in West Horsley, Surrey
   Burial: 6 DEC 1592 Midhurst
   Religion: Sources: Roberts, Gary Boyd. "Ancestors of American Presidene boundaries of Rose Hill..
   Note: One of the 40 knights at the coronation of Edward VI, 20 Feb1546/7. Succeeded his father 6 May 1548 and had license to enteron his inheritance 4 May 1550. He was one of the 15 executors ofQueen Mary, and one of the chief mourners at her funeral. Hewas one of the two peers who opposed the separation of Englandfrom the Rom. Cath. Church and the Act for the Queen's supremacyin the first year of Elizabeth, 1559; on a mission to Madrid,Jan. to June 1560; and to Flanders in Mar. 1564/5, and again in1566. In 1571/2 he was implicated in the plot for marrying theDuke of lNorfolk to Mary, Queen of Scots, which cost the Dukehis life. J.P. for cos. Suirrey and Sussex, 1578. He was oneof ther 24 noblemen who were commissioners or the trial of Mary,Queen of Scots, at Fotheringhay in Oct., 1586. He entertainedthe Queen (Elizabeth) sumptuously at Cowdray (his home) for sixdays in Aug. 1591.
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   Ref Number: 22156
   HIST: Y
   Father: Anthony BROWNE Sir
   Mother: Alice CAGE
   Marriage 1 Jane RADCLIFFE b: 1532

Birth: 1528 _SDATE: 1 JUL 1528 in West Horsley, Surry, England Death: OCT 1592 _SDATE: 15 OCT 1592 in Battle Abbey and Cowdray Park, Susex of Elsing in Norff


Spouse(s) Jane Radcliffe Magdalen Dacre

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Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu's Timeline

July 22, 1522
November 29, 1528
Midhurst, Sussex, England
July 22, 1552
Age 23
Age 30
Age 31
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
October 19, 1592
Age 63
Midhurst, Sussex, England