Harriet Browne

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Harriet Mary Browne Owen (1798–1858) was an English writer and composer, the sister of poet Felicia Hemans.[1] Browne was a granddaughter of the Venetian consul in Liverpool, and the family moved from there to Denbighshire in North Wales for her father to pursue his business. She grew up near Abergele and St. Asaph in Flintshire, and married a man named Owen. She was confused within her own lifetime with another composer, making attribution of her works difficult.[2] Besides composing, she wrote a The works of Mrs. Hemans, with a memoir by her sister.[3] She also used the pseudonym Mrs. Hughes.[4]


Selected works include:

  • The Pilgrim Fathers[2]
  • Oh! call my brother back to me (text Felicia Hemans)


  1. ^ "The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers". Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). ISBN 9780393034875. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  3. ^ Hemans, Felicia Dorothea Browne; Owen, Harriet Mary Browne (1840). The works of Mrs. Hemans, with a memoir by her sister.
  4. ^ Robertson, John George; Sisson, Charles Jasper (1959). The Modern language review: Volume 54. Modern Humanities Research Association.