George James Cowley-Brown

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George James Cowley-Brown
Born 1833
Died ?
Education Christ Church, Oxford
Occupation Clergyman and author
Spouse(s) unknown
Children 2 sons
Parent(s) George Francis Cowley-Brown
Religion Anglican
Ordained 1855 (deacon); 1858 (priest)
Offices held
Title The Reverend Canon

George James Cowley-Brown, M.A. (1833– ? ) was an Anglican clergyman and author who served in both the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church.


The eldest son of George Francis Brown, he was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1854 and a Master of Arts degree in 1857.[1][2]

He was ordained in the Anglican ministry as a deacon in 1855 and a priest in 1858.[1] He served as a curate at Bladon-cum-Woodstock, Oxfordshire, 1855–1867; during which time he became domestic chaplain to the Duke of Marlborough in 1858.[1] His next three appointments were Rector of Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire, 1867–1874; Rector of Buckhorn-Weston, Dorset, 1874–77; and Rector of St Edmund's, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 1877–83.[1] He became Rector of St John's, Edinburgh in 1883 and a canon of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh in 1898.[1] He retired in 1909.[1] He lived at 9 Grosvenor Street in the western part of the city.[3]

He married and had two sons: Horace Wyndham Cowley-Brown and John Stapleton Cowley-Brown, who both became authors.[1]


He published a number of works:[1]

  • Lectures on the Gospel according to St. John (1863)
  • A Short Apology for the Book of Common Prayer (1873)
  • Daily Lessons on the Life of Our Lord, two volumes (1880)
  • Prayers for a Household from Old Divines (1st edition 1881; 2nd edition 1897; 3rd edition 1907)
  • Some Reason for Believing Christianity to be True (1897)
  • Via Media (reprinted from the National Review) (1898)
  • Verselets and Versions (1911)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, p. 221.
  2. ^ s:Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886/Brown, George James
  3. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1889-90


  • Bertie, David M. (2000). Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689–2000. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. ISBN 0567087468.