BROWNE (BROWN), Samuel II (c.1634-91), of Stocken Hall, Stretton, Rutland.
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Family and Education
b. c.1634, 1st s. of John Browne of Stocken Hall by Mary, da. of Walter Wentworth of Lillingstone Lovell, Oxon. and h. to her bro. Samuel. educ. Emmanuel, Camb. 1650. m. bef. 1655, Anne, da. of John Tighe of Calceby, Lincs., 1s. d.v.p. 4da. suc. fa. c.1639.1
Commr. for militia, Rutland 1659, assessment, Rutland Jan. 1660-80, 1689-90, Lincs. 1673-80, 1689; j.p. Rutland Mar. 1660-82, ?1689-d., commr. for sewers, Lincs. Aug. 1660, enclosures, Deeping fen 1665; dep. lt. Rutland 1671-82, 1690-d., sheriff 1676-7.2
Browne’s father, the younger brother of Samuel Browne I, settled in Rutland, built Stocken Hall, and died on the eve of the Civil War. Browne was appointed a militia commissioner by the Rump in 1659, but he probably favoured the Restoration. Returned for the county in 1660, he was overshadowed in the Convention by his uncle, and no committee work or speeches can be definitely ascribed to him. He signed the loyal address from Rutland on the Restoration, and was proposed for the order of the Royal Oak, with an income of £600. He never stood again, and was removed from local office during the exclusion crisis. His will, in which he modestly claimed no higher status than ‘gentleman’, was witnessed on 22 Feb. 1691 and proved in the following May. Probably his means were equally modest, for he was able to bequeath no more than £700 and £500 in portions to his unmarried daughters.3