BROWNE, Richard I (d.?1614), of Knowle in Cranleigh, Surr.

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

2nd s. of Henry Browne of Betchworth Castle by his 3rd w. Eleanor or Helen, da. of of West Grinstead, Suss.; half-bro. of Thomas. m. (1) Tabitha, da. of Jeffrey Lambert of Woodmansterne; (2) 1579, Catherine (d.1599), da. and coh. of William Harding of Knowle, wid. of Richard Onslow, at least 2da.1

Offices Held

J.p. Surr. from c.1579, commr. musters by 1580; sheriff, Surr. and Suss. 1587-8.2


Browne’s father did not live long enough to inherit Betchworth Castle and the extensive estates pertaining to it, so that when he died, about 1549, he had comparatively little to leave his wife and children. Because his first son Thomas would eventually succeed to the family’s principal properties, Henry Browne left his own lands in Surrey and Sussex, after a life interest for his wife, to his second son Richard. The Brownes were related to Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, to the earls of Arundel, to such leading Sussex families as the Dawtreys of Petworth and the Shelleys of Michelgrove, and to the Blounts and Walsinghams. It is these family links that explain this Richard Browne’s parliamentary career, though where there are so many identity problems