BROWNE, Ambrose (1659-88), of Betchworth, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

bap. 11 Jan. 1659, o.s. of Adam Browne. educ. Trinity, Oxf. 1673. unm.1

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Surr. 1673-80.

Gent. of privy chamber 1685- d. ; capt. Earl of Plymouth’s Horse 1685-7.2


Browne was returned for Bletchingley as a Tory at a contested election in 1685, and included in the Opposition on Danby’s list. A moderately active Member of James II’s Parliament, he was appointed to five committees, including that to recommend expunctions from the Journals. He was given a commission in a cavalry regiment on Monmouth’s invasion, but he opposed the King’s religious policy, and after closeting he was cashiered in March 1687. He died before his father and was buried at Dorking on 24 July 1688.3

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: J. S. Crossette


  • 1. Surr. Arch. Coll. lv. 44.
  • 2. Carlisle, Privy Chamber , 198; CSP Dom. 1685, p. 220; 1686-7, pp. 173, 400.
  • 3. Luttrell, i. 398; Hatton Corresp. (Cam. Soc. n.s. xxiii), 66; Surr. RO, Clayton mss 60/9/6.