Howe Browne, 2nd Marquess of Sligo

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The grave of the Marquis of Sligo, Kensal Green Cemetery

Howe Peter Browne, 2nd Marquess of Sligo KP PC PC (Ire) (18 May 1788, London – 26 January 1845, Tunbridge Wells), was an Irish peer and colonial governor, styled Viscount Westport until 1800 and Earl of Altamont from 1800 to 1809.

Howe Browne was the son and heir of John Browne, 1st Marquess of Sligo. He was educated at Eton and Jesus College, Cambridge, receiving his MA as Lord Altamont in 1808.[1] He became Marquess of Sligo in 1809 on the death of his father and was appointed a Knight of the Order of St Patrick on 11 November 1809.[2] On 4 March 1816 he married Hester Catherine, daughter of John de Burgh, 13th Earl of Clanricarde. In 1834-35 he was Governor and Vice-Admiral of Jamaica.[1] He is remembered in Jamaica as a champion of slaves,[3] and the village of Sligoville in Jamaica is named after him.

He is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery.[1] The grave lies in the centre of the overgrown north-west quadrant of the inner circle.


  1. ^ a b c "Browne, Howe Peter, Lord Altamont (BRWN801HP)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Rayment, Leigh. "Knights of the Order of St Patrick". Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  3. ^ The Irish champion of slaves at, accessed 9 March 2014: "The man who started his life at Westport House in Co Mayo would go down in Jamaican history as a champion of slaves."

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Government offices
Preceded by
George Cuthbert
Governor of Jamaica
Succeeded by
Sir Lionel Smith
Honorary titles
New office Lord Lieutenant of Mayo
Succeeded by
The Earl of Lucan
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Browne
Marquess of Sligo
Succeeded by
George Browne