Sir Robert Brown, 1st Baronet, of Westminster

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Sir Robert Brown, 1st Baronet (died 5 October 1760)[1] was a British politician and merchant.

He was the son of William Brown and Grisel Brice and for some time a merchant and King George II's resident in Venice.[2] On 11 March 1731, he was made a baronet, of the City and Liberty of Westminster,[3] with a special remainder failing own issue male, to his two brothers James and Edward, and their heirs male.[4]

From 1734 to 1747, Brown was Member of Parliament (MP) for Ilchester.[5] In 1741, he was appointed Paymaster of His Majesty's works.[6] Brown married Margaret Cecil, sister of Charles Cecil, Bishop of Bristol and then Bangor.[7] They had two daughters[4] and so he was succeeded in the baronetcy according to the special remainder by his nephew James O'Hara.[1] Brown was buried in Audley Street Chapel in London, five days after his death.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Burke, John (1841). John Bernhard Burke, ed. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland and Scotland (2nd ed.). London: Scott, Webster, and Geary. p. 86. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 7069. p. 1. 26 February 1731. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  4. ^ a b Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (fifth ed.). London: G. Woodfall. pp. 434–435. 
  5. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Ilchester". Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "thePeerage - Sir Robert Brown, 1st Bt". Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  7. ^ Kimber, Edward (1771). Richard Johnson, ed. The Baronetage of England: Containing a Genealogical and Historical Account of All the English Baronets. vol. III. London: Thomas Wotton. pp. 104–105. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Crisp
Charles Lockyer
Member of Parliament for Ilchester
With: Charles Lockyer
Succeeded by
Francis Fane
Thomas Lockyer
Baronetage of Great Britain
New creation Baronet
(of Westminster)
1731 – 1760
Succeeded by
James O'Hara Brown