William Shergold Browning

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About William Shergold Browning

William Shergold Browning was born in 1797, the third son of Robert Browning (the poet's grandfather). He gained a position in Messrs. Rothschild and worked in the Paris office from 1824 to 1845. Meanwhile, he wrote The History of the Huguenot during the Sixteenth Century (1829) and two historical novels: The Provost of Paris: A Tale of the Court of Charles VI (1833) and Hoel Morvan: or, The Court and Camp of Henry V (1844). He died in 1874.



Another favourite uncle was William Shergold Browning, though less intimate with his nephew and niece than he would have become if he had not married while they were still children, and settled in Paris, where his father's interest had placed him in the Rothschild house. He is known by his 'History of the Huguenots', a work, we are told, 'full of research, with a reference to contemporary literature for almost every occurrence mentioned or referred to.' He also wrote the 'Provost of Paris', and 'Hoel Morven', historical novels, and 'Leisure Hours', a collection of miscellanies; and was a contributor for some years to the 'Gentleman's Magazine'. It was chiefly from this uncle that Miss Browning and her brother heard the now often-repeated stories of their probable ancestors, Micaiah Browning, who distinguished himself at the siege of Derry, and that commander of the ship 'Holy Ghost' who conveyed Henry V. to France before the battle of Agincourt, and received the coat-of-arms, with its emblematic waves, in reward for his service. Robert Browning was also indebted to him for the acquaintance of M. de Ripert-Monclar; for he was on friendly terms with the uncle of the young count, the Marquis de Fortia, a learned man and member of the Institut, and gave a letter of introduction—actually, I believe, to his brother Reuben—at the Marquis's request.*

  • A grandson of William Shergold, Robert Jardine Browning, graduated at Lincoln College, was called to the Bar, and is now Crown Prosecutor in New South Wales; where his name first gave rise to a report that he was Mr. Browning's son, while the announcement of his marriage was, for a moment,connected with Mr. Browning himself. He was also intimate with the poet and his sister, who liked him very much.

Siblings from Ancestry tree managed by Fraser Hore

  • William Shergold Browning 1797-1798
  • Christiana Browning 1799-1800
  • Jane Eliza Browning 1800-1815
  • Reuben Browning 11 Apr 1803, London, - 6 Sep 1879
  • Mary Browning 21 Mar 1805 Kensington, London, -1806
  • Louisa Browning 17 Apr 1807-1808
  • Thomas Browning 1809-1810
  • Jemima Browning 1811-1812
  • Sarah Anne Browning 14 Sep 1814 Clerkenwell, Middlesex; died 8 Nov 1902, Middlesex.
  • Reference: FamilySearch Family Tree - SmartCopy: Dec 20 2019, 5:47:12 UTC
  • Residence: 1851 - Greenwich, Kent, England
  • Residence: 1871 - Camberwell, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
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William Shergold Browning's Timeline

March 1, 1797
Saint Luke,Chelsea,London,England
Chelsea, Middlesex
September 9, 1820
London, England, United Kingdom
December 15, 1821
Camberwell, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
May 23, 1823
Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
October 11, 1826
Islington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Paris, Seine, France
France (British Subject)
France (British Subject)
October 30, 1836
France (British Subject)