Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameSir Richard BROWNE Bart, 16124
Birth1605
Death1683
Spouses
Unmarried
ChildrenMary , 16123 (1709-)
Notes for Sir Richard BROWNE Bart
Browne was the son of Christopher Browne and Thomazine Gonson. His grandfather was Sir Richard Browne, Kt. Clerk of the Green Cloth from 1594 until his death in 1604. A tablet in the church at Deptford mentions that the family was a younger branch of the ancient Browne family of Hitchin, Suffolk and Horsley, Essex.[3]

Browne played the part of Diana in Robert White's 'Masque of Cupid's Banishment' performed for Anne of Denmark at Deptford on 4 May 1617.

Browne was sworn clerk-in-ordinary of the privy council on 27 January 1641.[5] He was the resident English ambassador to the court of France at Paris from 1641 to 1660. He was at this post when the young John Evelyn met him in the autumn of 1646. By June 1647, Evelyn had secured permission to marry Richard's 12-year-old daughter Mary Browne.

He was created a Baronet by Charles II in 1649. Being a Royalist he could not easily return to England to his family estate Sayes Court, in Deptford, opposite the Naval Dockyard. John Evelyn eventually purchased the Sayes Court estate in 1653.

Browne died at Charlton, Kent.
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