BROME (BROWN, BROWNE), Bartholomew, of Canterbury, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

s. of Robert Brome or Brown, and prob. yr. bro. of Simon Brome. m. (1) Anne (d.1576), at least 1da.; (2) 1584, Anne Parker.

Offices Held

Freeman, Canterbury 1563, common councilman 1564, sheriff 1572-3, 1575-6, alderman 1584, mayor 1589-90.


Brome was an apothecary active in civic affairs. In October 1575 he was a collector of the rents of the late Hospital of the Poor Priests in Canterbury, for which he was allowed an annual fee of 20s.; in 1588 he was lieutenant of a special defence force of 200 men; and by 1594 he was responsible for surveying public works in the city. Like his brother, he encountered some local opposition, for the burmote book records that on 14 Sept. 1574 John Dale was accused of speaking evil words to Bartholomew Brome ‘one of this House’.

The date of his death has not been ascertained.

Freemen of Canterbury, ed. Cowper, 12; Reg. St. George, Canterbury, ed. Cowper, 12, 103, 174; Canterbury burmote bks. passim; chamberlains’ accts. 1592-1602; Arch. Cant. xii. 44.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: J.E.M.