Anthony Browne (died 1506)

Sir Anthony Browne
Spouse(s) Eleanor Ughtred
Lucy Neville


Anne Browne
Sir Anthony Browne
Henry Browne
Lucy Browne
Elizabeth Browne
Leonard Browne
Born 29 June 1443
Died c. 17 November 1506(1506-11-17) (aged 63)
Buried Calais

Sir Anthony Browne (29 June 1443[1] c. 17 November 1506) was the son of Sir Thomas Browne and Eleanor FitzAlan. He served as standard-bearer to Henry VII, and Lieutenant of Calais.


Anthony Browne, born at Betchworth Castle,[1] was a younger son of Sir Thomas Browne and Eleanor Arundel, daughter of Sir Thomas Arundel, third son of John de Arundel, 2nd Baron Arundel (d. 14 August 1390), and Elizabeth le Despenser (d. 10 or 11 April 1408). He was a younger brother of Sir George Browne.[2][3]

During the reign of Henry VII, he was Standard Bearer of England,[4] Governor of Queenborough Castle, and Constable of Calais.

He died at Calais.

Wife's political activity

His second wife, Lucy, was an unswerving supporter of the House of York and in the reign of Henry VII was noted as one who "loves not the King" and was actively promoting the rival claim of her cousin Edmund de la Pole, 3rd Duke of Suffolk.[5] This, combined with her husband's possession of a crucial fortress, was a constant worry to supporters of Henry VII: John Flamanck's report of a secret conversation between several officials in Calais in 1504, on the likely sequel if the King should die, referred to the risk that she would seize Calais and hold it in Suffolk's name.[6] The heavy fine imposed on her in 1507, although the pretext was her late husband's neglect of duty, was very likely a warning by the Crown not to meddle in politics.[7] She appears to have heeded the warning and lived peacefully until 1534.

Marriages and issue

Sir Anthony Browne married firstly Eleanor Ughtred, daughter of Sir Robert Ughtred (c.1428-c.1487)[8][9] of Kexby, North Yorkshire, and Katherine Eure, daughter of Sir William Eure, by whom he had an only daughter, Anne Browne, who married Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.[10][9]

He married secondly Lucy Neville, widow of Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam of Aldwark, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire, and daughter of John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu, and Isabel Ingaldesthorpe, by whom he had two sons and two daughters:[11][4]


  1. 1 2 "Sir Anthony Browne". The Peerage. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  2. Cokayne 1910, p. 260.
  3. Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry I 2011, pp. 32-3, 338.
  4. 1 2 Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 17.
  5. Penn, Thomas The Winter King Penguin Books 2011 p.141
  6. Penn p.141
  7. Penn p.232
  8. Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry I 2011, p. 179.
  9. 1 2 "Robert Ughtred, Lord Ughtred". Family Search: Community Trees. British Isles. Peerage, Baronetage, and Landed Gentry families with extended lineage. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  10. Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry III 2011, pp. 225-6.
  11. Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry III 2011, p. 225.
  12. Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry IV 2011, pp. 51-2.
  13. Hart, Kelly (1 June 2009). The Mistresses of Henry VIII (First ed.). The History Press. p. 25. ISBN 0-7524-4835-8.


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