James Clifton Brown

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James Clifton Brown JP (13 February 1841 – 5 January 1917)[1] was a British Liberal Party[2] Member of Parliament (MP).

He was the second son of Alexander Brown and his wife Sarah Benedict Brown, daughter of James Brown.[3] His paternal grandfather was the banker and merchant Sir William Brown, 1st Baronet, and his younger brother the Liberal politician Sir Alexander Brown, 1st Baronet.[4] Brown was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Master of Arts.[5]

He was elected to the House of Commons at a by-election in 1876 for Horsham in Sussex, and held the seat until his defeat at the 1880 general election.[1][2] Brown served as lieutenant-colonel of the 1st Lancashire Royal Garrison Artillery[3] and on his retirement in 1884, was granted the rank of an honorary colonel of the 2nd Brigade, Lancashire Division.[6] He was a Justice of the Peace[4] and in 1888, he was appointed High Sheriff of Sussex.[3]

On 21 March 1866, he married Amelia Rowe, daughter of Charles Rowe.[7] They had ten children, four daughters and six sons.[7] His oldest son Howard represented the same constituency as his father,[1] and his fifth son Douglas was later elevated to the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[8] One of his grandsons, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, followed him into Parliament, and his great-great-grandson, also Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, is currently serving in Parliament.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Horsham". Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 155–156. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ a b c Who is Who 1914. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1914. p. 263. 
  4. ^ a b "ThePeerage - James Clifton Brown". Retrieved 16 March 2007. 
  5. ^ "Brown, James Clifton (BRWN859JC2)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  6. ^ "No. 25424". The London Gazette. 19 December 1884. p. 5873. 
  7. ^ a b Brown, Mary Elizabeth (1917). Alexander Brown and His Descendants, 1764-1916. vol. I. p. 37. 
  8. ^ "No. 39408". The London Gazette. 14 December 1951. p. 6523. 
  9. ^ https://www.scribd.com/doc/207917124/Keeping-it-in-the-Family

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Henry Hurst
Member of Parliament for Horsham
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Fletcher