Joseph Browne (provost)

Joseph Browne D.D. (1700–1767) was an English clergyman and academic, Provost of The Queen's College, Oxford from 1756.[1]


Browne was the son of George Browne, and was born at a place called the Tongue in Watermillock, Cumberland, England. He was educated at Barton school, and admitted commoner of Queen's College, Oxford, on 21 March 1717, his education being supported by a private benefactor. He was elected tabarder on the foundation of his college, and, having graduated M.A. on 4 November 1724, became a chaplain there.

Joseph Browne was elected Fellow 1 April 1731, and became a successful tutor; took the degree of D.D. 9 July 1743, and was presented by the college with the living of Bramshot, Hampshire, in 1746. In that year, he was appointed Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy and held that office until his death. He was instituted prebendary of Hereford Cathedral on 9 June of the same year (he was later called into residence), and on 13 February 1752 was collated to the chancellorship of the cathedral.

On 3 December 1756, Browne was elected Provost of Queen's College.[1] From 1759 to 1765 he held the office of Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.[2][3] He had a severe stroke of palsy 25 March 1765, and died on 17 June 1767.


He edited Maffei S. R. E. Card. Barberini postea Urbani VII Poemata, 1726.


  1. 1 2 Salter, H. E.; Lobel, Mary D., eds. (1954). "The Queens's College". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. Victoria County History. pp. 132–143. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  2. "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  3. "Vice-Chancellors from the year 1660". The Oxford University Calendar. University of Oxford. 1817. pp. 27–28. Retrieved July 18, 2011.


Academic offices
Preceded by
Joseph Smith
Provost of The Queen's College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Thomas Fothergill
Preceded by
Thomas Randolph
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
David Durell
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