Sir Richard Browne, 1st Baronet, of Deptford

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Sir Richard Browne, 1st Baronet of Deptford[1] (ca. 1605 - 12 February 1682/83) was English ambassador to the court of France at Paris from 1641 to 1660.


Browne was the son of Christopher Browne and Thomazine Gonson. His grandfather was Sir Richard Browne, Kt. Clerk of the Green Cloth from 1594 until his death in 1604.[2] A tablet in the church at Deptford mentions that the family was a younger branch of the ancient Browne family of Hitchin, Suffolk and Horsley, Essex.[3]

Browne was sworn clerk-in-ordinary of the privy council on 27 January 1641.[4] He was the resident English ambassador to the court of France at Paris from 1641 to 1660. He was at this post when the young John Evelyn met him in the autumn of 1646. By June 1647, Evelyn had secured permission to marry Richard's 12-year-old daughter Mary Browne.

He was created a Baronet by Charles II in 1649. Being a Royalist he could not easily return to England to his family estate Sayes Court,[5][6] in Deptford, opposite the Naval Dockyard. John Evelyn eventually purchased the Sayes Court estate in 1653.

Browne died at Charlton, Kent.[7]


  1. ^ - Person Page 18323
  2. ^ "Office-Holders: Clerk Comptrollers of the Green Cloth". 
  3. ^ "The Golden Falcon". 
  4. ^ J. T. Peacey, ‘Browne, Sir Richard, baronet (1605–1683)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2008 accessed 13 May 2016
  5. ^ "Plan of Sayes Court House and Garden". 
  6. ^ "Deptford, St Nicholas". British History Online. 
  7. ^ Charlton | British History Online