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Montagu, Viscount (E, 1554 - 1797)


Creation: let.pat. 2 Sep 1554


Extinct: 27 Nov 1797


Family name: Browne




Arms of Sir Anthony Browne KG, father of the 1st Viscount Montagu

The marshalling of these arms is somewhat unusual compared with modern

practice.  The first quarter is Browne quartering FitzAlan and Maltravers.

The second quarter is Neville, Montagu, Monthermer and Plantagenet of Kent.

The next five quarterings come from Sir Anthony's maternal grandmother. They are

Tiptoft, Cherleton, Ingaldesthorpe, Bradestone and de Burgh.



Sable three Lions passant in bend between two Double Cottises Argent


An Eagle displayed Vert


On either side a Wolf Argent each collared and chained Or


 Suivez Raison



Sir Thomas Browne MP, of Betchworth Castle, co. Surrey, High Sheriff of Kent 1439, Member of Parliament for Dover 1439, for Kent 1445, and for Wallingford 1449-50, Treasurer of the Household to King Henry VI, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1440-50 (b. 1402; executed for treason 29 Jul 1460), mar. c. 1437 Eleanor FitzAlan or Arundel, only dau. and hrss. of Sir Thomas FitzAlan or Arundel, of Betchworth Castle, co. Surrey (by his wife Joan Moyns), 2nd son of John [FitzAlan or Arundel], 2nd Baron FitzAlan, by his wife Elizabeth le Despencer, 2nd dau. of Edward [le Despencer], 2nd and de jure 3rd and 4th Baron le Despencer, and had issue:

1. Sir George Browne MP, of Betchworth Castle, co. Surey, fought for the Yorkists at the Battle of Tewkesbury 1471, Sheriff of Kent 1480, changed his allegiance to the Lancastrians  and supported the Duke of Buckingham in his failed rebellion against King Richard III (b. 1440; executed for treason 4 Dec 1483), mar. 1471 Elizabeth Poynings (b. 1 Jul 1429; widow of Sir Robert Poynings (killed at the 2nd Battle of St Albans 17 Feb 1461; d. 1 Feb 1488), only dau. of William Paston, Justice of the Common Pleas, by his wife Agnes Barry, dau .and cohrss. of Sir Edmund Barry, of Horwellbury and Royston, co. Hertford, and had issue:

1a. Sir Matthew Browne, of Betchworth Castle, co. Surrey, Sherrif of Surrey (d. 6 Aug 1557), mar. Frideswide Guildford, 3rd dau. of Sir Richard Guildford KG, by his first wife Anne Pympe, dau. of John Pympe, of co. Kent, and had issue

2a. George Browne

1a. Mary Browne, mar. ..... Bradbridge or Benbridge

2. Sir Anthony Browne, of Cowdray Park, co. Sussex. Standard Bearer to King Henry VII, Governor of Queenborough Castle and Constable of Calais (b. 29 Jun 1443; d. c. 17 November 1506), mar. Lady Lucy Fitzwilliam (widow of Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam, of Aldwarke, co. York), sister and cohrss. of George [Neville], 1st Duke of Bedford later 2nd Marquess of Montagu, and 4th dau. of John [Nevill], 1st Marquess of Montagu, by his wife Isabel/Elizabeth Ingaldesthorpe, dau. and cohrss. of Sir Edmund Ingaldesthorpe, of Borough Green, co. Cambridge, and had issue:

1a. Sir Anthony Browne KG, of Battle Abbey, co. Sussex (c. 1500; d. 6 May 1548), mar. (1) Alice Gage, dau. of Sir John Gage KG, of Firle, co. Surrey, Lord Chamberlain, by his wife Philippa Guildford, 5th dau. by his first wife of Sir Richard Guildford KG, and (2) Lady Elizabeth FitzGerald, "The Fair Geraldine" (b. c. 1528; mar. (2) bef. Jan 1552/3 as his third wife Edward [Clinton], 1st Earl of Lincoln; d. 1589), 2nd dau. of Gerald [FitzGerald], 9th Earl of Kildare, by his second wife Lady Elizabeth Grey, 5th dau. by his second wife of Thomas [Grey], 1st Marquess of Dorset, and had issue by his first wife:

1b. Sir Anthony Browne MP, of Cowdray Park and Battle Abbey, co. Sussex, later 1st Viscount Montagu

2b. William Browne, of Elsing, co. Norfolk, mar. Anne Hastings (b. 1528; d. 1572), sister and cohrss. of John Hastings, de jure 15th Baron Hastings, and 1st dau. of Sir Hugh Hastings, de jure 14th Baron Hastings, by his wife Catherine L'Estrange, dau. of Robert L'Estrange, of Hunstanton, co. Norfolk, and had issue

3b. Henry Browne

4b. Francis Browne, mar. Anne Goring, dau. of Sir William Goring, of Burton

1b. Mary Browne, mar. Lord John Grey, of Pirgo, co. Essex (d. 19 Nov 1564), 4th son of Thomas [Grey], 2nd Marquess of Dorset, by his wife Margaret Medley, widow of William Medley and dau. of Sir Robert Wotton, of Boughton Malherbe, co. Kent, and had issue

2b. Mabel Browne (d. 25 Aug 1610; bur. at Kildare), mar. 29 May 1554 Gerald [FitzGerald], 11th Earl of Kildare, and had issue

3b. Lucy Browne, mar. Thomas Roper, of Eltham, co. Surrey (d. 1567), 1st son and heir of William Roper, of Eltham, co. Surrey, by his wife Margaret More, 1st dau. of St Thomas More, of Chelsea, co. Middlesex, Lord Chancellor of England, and had issue

4b. Dorothy Browne, mar. Edmund Lee, of Pitstone, co. Buckingham

2a. Henry Browne

2a. Elizabeth Browne (d. between 20 Apr and 30 Oct 1565; bur. with her husband in St Mary's Priory Church, Chepstow), mar. bef. 1527 as his second wife Henry [Somerset], 2nd Earl of Worcester, and had issue

3a. Lucy Browne (d. 1557), mar. (1) Hon Sir Thomas Clifford, Governor of Berwick (d. 1543), 2nd son of Henry [Clifford], 10th Baron Clifford, by his first wife Anne St John, dau. of Sir John St John, of Bletso, co. Bedford, and (2) John Cutts, and had issue by her first husband

4a. Anne Browne (dspm. 1511 or 1512), mar. aft. 25 Sep 1505 and again in 1508 as his first or third wife Charles [Brandon], 1st Duke of Suffolk, and had issue

3. William Browne, of Tavistock, co. Devon

4. Thomas Browne

5. Robert Browne, of Luddenham, co. Kent, Comptroller of the Household to the Earl of Arundel, mar. Anne ....., and had issue

6. Leonard Browne

7. Edward Browne

1. Katherine Browne, mar. 1471 Humphrey Sackville, of Buckhurst, co. Sussex (b. 1426; d. 24 Jan 1488), and had issue

2. Jane Browne


Anthony [Browne], 1st Viscount Montagu, KG PC


c. 1528

mar. (1)

Lady Jane Radcliffe (d. 22 Jul 1552; bur. at Midhurst, co. Sussex), 2nd dau. of Robert [Radcliffe], 1st Earl of Sussex, by his second wife Lady Margaret Stanley, only dau. of Thomas [Stanley], 2nd Earl of Derby

children by first wife

1. Hon Anthony Browne (dvp. 29 Jun 1592), mar. Mary Dormer (mar. (2) Sir Edmund Uvedale, of Hole Park, co. Dorset, and (2) Sir Thomas Gerard, 1st Bt., of Bryn, co. Lancaster; d. between 20 Jul 1637 and 23 Nov 1637; bur. at Midhurst, co. Sussex), 1st dau. of Sir William Dormer, of Wing, co. Buckingham, by his second wife Dorothy Catesby, dau. of Anthony Catesby, of Whiston, co. Northampton, and had issue:

1a. Anthony Maria Browne, later 2nd Viscount Montagu

2a. John Browne, mar. Anne Giffard, and had issue:

1b. Stanislaus Browne, of Eastbourne, co. Sussex, mar., and had issue:

1c. Stanislaus Browne, of Eastbourne, co. Sussex, mar. Honora Malbrank, and had issue:

1d. Francis Browne, a merchant in Cadiz (d. unm.)

2d. Nicholas Browne (d. unm.)

3d. Stanislaus Browne (d. unm.)

4d. Mark Browne, of Eastbourne, co. Sussex, and of Methley in Fillongley, co. Warwick (d. 7 Feb 1755), mar. (1) Mary Simpson (dsp.), of Monksherbourne, co. Hampshire, and (2) 7 Feb 1744 Anastasia Moore (bur. 26 Dec 1780), 4th dau. of Sir Richard Moore, 3rd Bt., of Fawley, co. Berkshire, and had issue by his second wife:

1e. Mark Anthony Browne, later 9th Viscount Montagu

2e. Stanislaus Browne (b. 28 Oct 1752; d. 26 Feb 1763)

1e. Anastasia Browne (b. 10 May 1749; dsp.), mar. 17 Apr 1780 as his second wife Sir Thomas Mannock, 8th Bt., of Gifford's Hall, co. Suffolk

2e. Mary Browne (b. 3 Jul 1747), mar. 19 May 1772 Oliver John du Moulin

1d. Anna Browne (d. 28 Apr 1750), mar. Henry Matthew, of Heathhouse, Bureton, co. Hampshire

2d. Mary Browne (d. 28 Apr 1757), mar. Roger Langley, of Higham Gobious, co. Bedford

3d. Elizabeth Browne, mar. ..... Astley, of Escott Hall, co. Warwick

4d. Mary Browne, mar. Robert Alwyn, of Treford, co. Sussex

3a. George Browne

1a. Dorothy Browne, mar. Edward Lee, of Stanton Barry, co. Buckingham

2a. Jane Browne, mar. Sir Francis Englefield, 1st Bt., of Wotton Basset, co. Wiltshire, and had issue

3a. Catherine Browne, mar. ..... Treganion

1. Hon Mary Browne (d. Nov 1607), mar. (1) 19 Feb 1565/6 Henry [Wriothesley], 2nd Earl of Southampton, (2) 2 May 1594 as his second wife Sir Thomas Heneage, Vice-Chamberlain of the Household and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (d. 17 Oct 1595), and (3) Dec 1598 William [Hervey], 1st Baron Hervey, and had issue by her first husband

mar. (2)

bef. 10 Dec 1558 Hon Magdalen Dacre (b. 1538; d. 8 Apr 1608; bur. at Midhurst, co. Sussex), 1st dau. of William [Dacre], 3rd Baron Dacre of Gilsland, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Talbot, 5th dau. of George [Talbot], 4th Earl of Shrewsbury

children by second wife

2. Hon Sir George Browne, of Wicham Brown, co. Kent, mar. Mary Tyrwhitt, dau. of Sir Robert Tyrwhitt, of Kettleby, co. Lincoln, and had issue

3. Hon Sir Henry Browne, of Kiddington, co. Oxford, mar. Anne Catesby, dau. of Sir William Catesby, and had issue

4. Hon Sir Anthony Browne, of Effingham, co. Kent (dsp.), mar. Anne Bell

5. Hon Thomas Browne (d. unm.)

6. Hon Philip Browne (dvp.)

7. Hon William Browne (dvp.)

2. Hon Elizabeth Browne (d, aft. 29 Sep 1623), mar. c. 1590 Robert[ Dormer], 1st Baron Dormer, and had issue

3. Hon Mabel Browne, mar. (?) Sir Henry Capel

4. Hon Jane Browne, mar. Sir Francis Lacon, of Willey, co. Shropshire


19 Oct 1592 (bur. at Midhurst, co. Sussex)


2 Sep 1554 Viscount Montagu

suc. by



Knight of the Bath at the Coronation of Edward VI 1546/7; Member of Parliament for Gulldford 1547-52, for Petersfield 1553 and for Surrey 1554; Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex 1552; Master of the Horse to King Philip 1554; Steward of Hampton Court and Keeper of Hampton Chase; Knight of the Garter 1555; Ambassador to the Pope and to Venice 1555; Privy Councillor 1557; Lieutenant-General of the English Army in Picardy 1557; Keeper of Hendeley Park 1558-60; Lord Lieutenant of Sussex 1558; an executor of the will of Mary I; Joint Lord Lieutenant of Sussex 1569-70; Justice of the Peace for Surrey and Sussex 1578


Anthony Maria [Browne], 2nd Viscount Montagu


1 Feb 1573/4


3 Feb 1591 Lady Jane Sackville (d. bef. 8 Jan 1651/2), 2nd dau. of Thomas [Sackville], 1st Earl of Dorset, by his wife Cicely Baker, dau. of Sir John Baker, of Sissinghurst, co. Kent, Speaker of the House of Commons


1. Hon Francis Browne, later 3rd Viscount Montagu

1. Hon Mary Browne (d. 13 Nov 1692), mar. (1) bef. 17 Feb 1613/4 Lord William Paulet, styled Earl of Wiltshire (b. c.1587/8;  dvp. & s.p. Aug 1621), 1st son and heir ap. of William [Paulet], 4th Marquess of Winchester, and (2) 22 Oct 1627 her second cousin Hon William Arundell, of Horningsham, co. Wiltshire, 2nd son of Thomas [Arundell], 1st Baron Arundell of Wardour, and had issue by her second husband

2. Hon Catherine Browne, mar. William Tyrwhitt, of Kettleby, co. Lincoln

3. Hon Anne Browne, a nun

4. Hon Lucy Browne, a nun

5. Hon Mary Browne (d. 13 Jan 1684/5), mar. 1620 Robert [Petre], 3rd Baron Petre, and had issue

6. Hon Frances Browne, mar. John Blomer, of Hatherop Castle, co. Gloucester, and had issue


23 Oct 1629 (bur. at Midhurst, co. Sussex)

suc. by



Francis [Browne], 3rd Viscount Montagu


2 Jul 1610


6 Jul 1637 Lady Elizabeth Somerset (b. c. 1617; d. 1684), only dau. of Henry [Somerset], 1st Marquess of Worcester, by his wife Hon Anne Russell, only surv. child of John [Russell], 3rd Baron Russell (by his wife Elizabeth Hoby, widow of Sir Thomas Hoby, of Bisham, co. Berkshire, and dau. of Sir Anthony Cooke, of Gidea Hall in Romford, co. Essex), 2nd son of Francis [Russell], 2nd Earl of Bedford, by his first wife Margaret Gostwick, widow of Sir John Gostwick and dau. of Sir John St John, of Bletso, co. Bedford


1. Hon Francis Browne, later 4th Viscount Montagu

2. Hon Henry Browne, later 5th Viscount Montagu

1. Hon Elizabeth Browne (d. aft. 1686), mar. 1674 Christopher [Roper], 5th Baron Teynham, and had issue


24 Oct 1682 (bur. at Midhurst, co. Sussex)

suc. by



Francis [Browne], 4th Viscount Montagu




bef. 1690 his cousin once removed Lady Mary Molyneux (widow of Hon Richard Molyneux, 1st son and heir ap. of Caryll [Molyneux], 3rd Viscount Molyneux; mar. (3) bef. 22 Aug 1716 Sir George Maxwell of Orchardtoun, 3rd Bt.; d. 30 Oct 1744; bur. in the Church of English Augustin Nuns at Bruges), 1st dau. of William [Herbert], 1st Marquess of Powis, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Somerset, 2nd dau. by his first wife of Edward [Somerset], 2nd Marquess of Worcester


s.p. Apr 1708 (bur. at Midhurst, co. Sussex)

suc. by



Lord Lieutenant of Sussex 1688


Henry [Browne], 5th Viscount Montagu


bef. 1641


bef. 1685 Barbara Walsingham, sister of James Walsingham, and dau. of Thomas Walsingham, of Little Chesterford, co. Essex, by his wife Lady Anne Howard, 4th dau. of Theophilus [Howard], 2nd Earl of Suffolk


1. Hon Anthony Browne, later 6th Viscount Montagu

1. Hon Mary Browne

2. Hon Elizabeth Browne, a nun

3. Hon Barbara Browne, mar. Ralph Sheldon, and had issue

4. Hon Catherine Browne, mar. George Collingwood, of Estlington, co. Northumberland

5. Hon Anne Browne, mar. Anthony Kemp. of Slindon, co. Sussex, and had issue

6. Hon Henrietta Browne, mar. Richard Harcourt, and had issue


25 Jun 1717 (bur. at Bath, co. Somerset)

suc. by



a Commissioner of Customs 1687/8; Secretary of State to the exiled King James II


Anthony [Browne], 6th Viscount Montagu




28 Jul 1720 his third cousin once removed Barbara Webb (d. 7 Apr 1779; bur. at Eastbourne, co. Sussex), 3rd dau. of Sir John Webb, 3rd Bt., of Odstock, co. Wiltshire, and Hatherop, co. Gloucester, by his first wife Hon Barbara Belasyse, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of John [Belasyse], 1st Baron Belasyse, by his second wife Lady Anne Paulet, only child by his second wife of John [Paulet], 5th Marquess of Winchester


1. Hon Anthony Joseph Browne, later 7th Viscount Montagu

1. Hon Mary Browne (d. 17 Sep 1767), mar. 30 Mar 1761 Sir Richard Bedingfeld, 4th Bt., of Oxburgh Hall, co. Norfolk, and had issue


23 Apr 1767 (bur. at Eastbourne, co. Sussex)

suc. by



sold Battle Abbey 1719; Grand Master of English Freemasons 1732-33


Anthony Joseph [Browne], 7th Viscount Montagu


11 Apr 1728


22 Jul 1765 Frances Falconer (b. 28 Aug 1731; widow of Alexander [Falconer], 5th Lord Falconer of Halkertoun; d. 3 Mar 1814), dau. of Herbert Mackworth, of the Gnoll, co. Glamorgan, by his wife (?) Lady Jane Noel, dau. of Edward [Noel], 1st Earl of Gainsborough


1. Hon George Samuel Browne, later 8th Viscount Montagu

1. Hon Elizabeth Mary Browne (b. 5 Feb 1767), mar. 1794 William Stephen Poyntz MP, of Midgham, co. Berkshire, and had issue


9 Apr 1787

suc. by



George Samuel [Browne], 8th Viscount Montagu


26 Jun 1769


Oct 1793

suc. by

4th cousin once removed


Mark Anthony [Browne], 9th Viscount Montagu


2 Mar 1744/5


11 Feb 1797 Frances Manby (mar. (2) 21 May 1800 Dr Henry Slaughter; d. 7 Jan 1823), 2nd dau. of Thomas Manby, of Downsell Hall, co. Essex, by his wife Anne Colegrave, dau. of William Colegrave, of Cann Hall, co. Essex


s.p. 27 Nov 1797 (bur. at Midhurst, co. Sussex)


a Friar at Fontainbleu in France but was given permission to marry on succeeding to the Viscountcy


On the death of the 9th Viscount Montagu it is assumed that the Viscountcy of Montagu became extinct


 Last updated 16 Aug 2014



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