George Browne, 3rd Marquess of Sligo
George John Browne, 3rd Marquess of Sligo (31 January 1820 – 30 August 1896) was an Irish peer.
- firstly, Ellen Smythe, daughter of the 6th Viscount Strangford,
- secondly, Julia Nugent, daughter of the 9th Earl of Westmeath and
- thirdly, Isabelle de Peyronnet, daughter of the Vicomte de Peyronnet.
Akin to his predecessors, Browne prided himself in being an enlightened landlord. In the second year of the Great Irish Famine, Browne's tenants gathered at Westport House, the ancestral residence of the Marquesses of Sligo. Browne assured his tenants of his support for them, and proceeded to hand them guns (in disregard of his own safety), enabling them to hunt for game. He also took up considerable debt in order to acquire cornmeal from the Americas, and converted most of Westport House into a soup kitchen for the starving peasants.
- G. E. C., ed. Geoffrey F. White. The Complete Peerage. (London: St. Chaterine Press, 1953) Vol. XII, Part 1, p. 25–26.
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|Marquess of Sligo
1845 – 1896
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