- J. C. Sainty
Browne, John(c1608–1691), clerk of the parliaments, was born c.1608, the only child of Thomas Browne, citizen and grocer of London, and his wife Joan, whose surname may have been Wilson. He belonged to a family which originated at Bury St Edmunds. On his father’s death in 1621 he was adopted by his uncle John Browne, a merchant tailor, from whom he eventually inherited a substantial fortune. He was admitted a student by the ...