John Browne (MP for Gloucester)

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John Browne (died 1639) was an English brewer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1614 and 1629.

Browne was the eldest son of John Browne, an alderman and Mercer of Gloucester. He himself became a brewer in the city. He was sheriff of Gloucester in 1603 and Mayor for 1610–11. In 1614, he was elected Member of Parliament for Gloucester. He was mayor of Gloucester again for 1621–22 and was re-elected MP for Gloucester in the same year. He was re-elected MP for Gloucester in 1624, 1625, 1626 and 1628, sitting until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years. He was mayor again for 1634–35.[1]

He leased the manor of Highnam where he died in August 1638 and where there is a monumental inscription.[2] He had married twice:firstly Eleanor, the daughter of Robert Robinson of Gloucester and secondly Sarah, probably the widow of a Mr. Wilshire. He had no children and his estate passed to his second wife.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Nicholas Overbury
John Jones
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
With: Thomas Machen 1614
Anthony Robinson 1621–1624
Christopher Caple 1625–1626
John Hanbury 1628–1629
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640