John Browne, 1st Earl of Altamont

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John Browne, 1st Earl of Altamont (born c. 1709 – 4 July 1776), known as The Lord Mount Eagle between 1760 and 1768 and as The Viscount Westport between 1768 and 1771, was an Irish peer and politician.

Background and education[edit]

Browne was the son of Peter Browne and Mary Daly. He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, in July 1725.


Browne was High Sheriff of Mayo in 1731, and was elected Member of Parliament for Castlebar in 1744, an office he held until 1760. He was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Mount Eagle, of Westport in the County of Mayo, and in 1768 he was created Viscount Westport, of Westport in the County of Mayo. In 1771 he was even further honoured when he was made Earl of Altamont, in the County of Mayo.

Family and issue[edit]

Lord Altamont married Anne Gore, daughter of Sir Arthur Gore, 2nd Baronet and Elizabeth Annesley, in December 1729. Their children – six sons and four daughters – included:[1]


  1. ^ "Browne family tree.". Retrieved 6 November 2014. 


  • Westport House and the Brownes, Denis Browne, Westport, 1981
  • Dictionary of Irish Biography, p.917, Cambridge, 2010

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Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
John Wynne
Henry Bingham
Member of Parliament for Castlebar
With: John Wynne to 1747
Henry Mitchell 1747–1761
Succeeded by
Joshua Cooper
Sir Charles Bingham, 7th Bt
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Altamont
Succeeded by
Peter Browne
New creation Viscount Westport
New creation Baron Mount Eagle