James Brown (academic)

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James Brown (1709–1784) was an English clergyman and academic, Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge from 1770 until his death.[1] A close friend of Thomas Gray, he acted with William Mason as executor of Gray's will.[2]


His father was a London goldsmith. He was educated at Christ's Hospital, and matriculated at Pembroke College in 1726, graduating B.A. in 1730 and M.A. in 1733. He became a Fellow of Pembroke in 1735. Ordained as Anglican priest in 1736, he became vicar of Shepreth from 1737. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1771-2.[3] From 1771 he was vicar of Stretham.[1]


  • Robert L. Mack, Thomas Gray: A Life


  1. ^ a b http://www.thomasgray.org.uk/materials/glnames.shtml
  2. ^ Mack, pp. 211-2 and p. 657.
  3. ^ "Brown, James (BRWN726J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Roger Long
Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Joseph Turner