Name: Howe Peter BROWNE
Given Name: Howe Peter
Prefix: Marquess Of Sligo 2Nd 1 2 3 4 5
Birth: 18 May 1788
Death: 26 Jan 1845 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent 6 7
Burial: Kensal Green Cemetary, London
Change Date: 21 Jun 2015 at 14:32|
Father: John Dennis BROWNE b: 11 Jun 1756
Mother: Louisa Catherine HOWE b: 9 Dec 1767
Hester Catherine DE BURGH b: Jan 1800
4 Mar 1816
in Dublin Cathedral & Finigan's Hotel, Dublin, Ireland 8
- Change Date:
22 Mar 2016
- Louisa Catherine BROWNE b: 9 Dec 1816 in Westport House, Mayo
- Elizabeth BROWNE b: 1 Jan 1818
- George John BROWNE b: 31 May 1820 in Westport House, Mayo
- Howe BROWNE b: 31 Jan 1821
- Catherine BROWNE b: 2 May 1822
- James De Burgh BROWNE b: 20 Apr 1823
- John Thomas BROWNE b: 10 Sep 1824
- Harriet BROWNE b: 16 Feb 1827
- Emily Charlotte BROWNE b: 14 Jul 1829 in Westport House, Mayo
- Henry Ulick BROWNE b: 14 Mar 1831
- Richard Howe BROWNE b: 6 Aug 1834 in Spanish Town, Jamaica
- Hester Georgiana BROWNE b: 30 Jul 1837 in 16 Mansfield Street, Marylebone, London
- Augusta BROWNE b: 8 Aug 1838
- Marian BROWNE b: 25 Dec 1839 in Naples, Italy
- Abbrev: Notes
Text: Acceded 1809.
NOTE: Papes at Catalogue of the papers of the Bruce Family , 18th-20th century
University of Oxford, Bodleian Library:
BROWNE (Howe Peter) 2nd Marquess of Sligo, 1788-1845
Letters mainly to P.C. Bruce and family, 1810-18
MS. Eng. c. 5747, fols. 43-4, 53-4
Letters to and from him and his wife, and M. Bruce, 1 811-14, n.d.
MS. Eng. c. 5755, fols. 11-18
MS. Eng. d. 2835, fols. (67-70), 136-8, 147-52 , 155-6
- Abbrev: The Cuff Family
Title: The Cuff Family
Author: Turtle Bunbury
Text: Peter Browne was a man just 12 weeks Otway's junior and wou ld go on to become one of the most enigmatic cads of the ea rly 19th century. He was born on 18th May 1788, eldest so n of the then Earl of Altamont and his wife, Louisa Howe. A t Harrow he became acquainted with Lord Byron, Thomas De Qu incy (author of "Confessions of an Opium Eater") and Rober t Peel. In June 1809, his father, the Marquess of Sligo, pa ssed away in Lisbon leaving him with one of the greatest fo rtunes in Ireland. Two weeks after his fathers' funeral, th e new Marquesses's stallion, Waxy, won the English Derby ag ainst all odds. This early success is attributed to the Mar quess's lifelong passion for gambling. His success was suc h that he is estimated to have won the considerable sum o f £22,000 in stakes alone. In 1812, for instance, he wo n a wager of 1000 guineas by driving his coach from Londo n to Holyhead in just 35 hours; the whips used to encourag e his horses along the 270 mile trek still hang at Westpor t House.
In March 1816, the 2nd Marquess of Sligo married Lady Heste r de Burgh, eldest daughter of the Earl of Clanricarde. A s on George was born in 1820, and the Prince Regent (later Ki ng George IV) stood as godfather. The following year the Ma rquess paid a visit to Lord Byron in Greece. Here the Marqu ess encountered the Oracle at Delphi, an occasion that impr essed him so much he renamed the great valley near Killar y fjord in County Mayo in its honour. It was also during th is trip that he came into serious disgrace. One afternoon , he visited the Temple of Atreus at Mycenae wherein, if lo cal lore is to be believed, lies the great Tomb of Agamemno n. The Marquess looked left and looked right and then, as w as the current fashion, decided that the columns that led i nto the Temple would go rather splendidly as the new entran ce to Westport House. He duly bribed a passing British merc hant ship to bring them back to Mayo. Fashionable as it wa s in aristocratic circles, robbing ancient Greek temples wa s nonetheless illegal. His widowed mother, the fiery daught er of Admiral Howe, did her best for him but the Judge, Si r William Scott, could see no way out and so the 2nd Marque ss of Sligo was sent to Newgate Prison. He was released thr ee months later to attend the wedding of his mother to no l ess a man than Judge William Scott. As for the columns, the y seem to have been rather forgotten in the commotion, gath ering dust in the basement of Westport House until shortl y before the Great War when the 6th Marquess spotted them a nd decided to hand them over to the British Museum. He sage ly had some reproductions made before hand and these may no w be seen on the South Wing of Westport House.
In 1833, the British Parliament abolished slavery. The foll owing year, the Marquess of Sligo was dispatched to serve a s Governor of Jamaica. The Browne family had acquired sever al sugar plantations on the West Indian island following th e marriage of the 2nd Marquess's grandfather to the heires s Elizabeth Kelly. The Marquess's controversial brief was t o bring an end to slavery in the colony, a process he bega n by liberating all the slaves on his own estates. Althoug h he met with much resistance from his fellow landowners, h e pressed on with much vigour and by the time he had finish ed his tenure as governor two years later, the Jamaican peo ple had bestowed upon him the title, "The Emancipator of Sl avery". He returned to Westport, job done, with a healthy a ppetite for spicy food and an appreciation of Caribbean mus ic. He died on 26th January 1845 and was succeeded by his s on, George.
- Abbrev: Notes
Text: Howe Peter Browne, the Marquess of Sligo, was governor of J amaica at the time of emancipation from slavery in 1834. I t is in his honour that Sligoville, the first freed slave v illage, is named.
- Abbrev: Notes
Text: In an interesting convergence, Sir WIlliam Beechey did a po rtrait of Howe Peter BROWNE and also did one of The Oddie C hildren - a family on my mother's side of the family (Bett y Birtwistle ODDIE).
- Abbrev: http://landedestates.nuigalway.ie:8080/LandedEstates/jsp/family-show.jsp?id=430Browne (Westport) - A very large estate in county Mayo, much of it formerly Bourke property, was acquired by Colonel John Browne in the late 17th century following the Acts of
Title: http://landedestates.nuigalway.ie:8080/LandedEstates/jsp/fa mily-show.jsp?id=430Browne (Westport) - A very large estat e in county Mayo, much of it formerly Bourke property, wa s acquired by Colonel John Browne in the late 17th centur y following the Acts of Settlement. He also owned lands i n a number of baronies in county Galway and other counties . Over 12,500 acres in counties Mayo, Galway and Roscommo n were granted to him in May 1677 and he also received gran ts of smaller acreages in June and August of 1677 and in Ma rch 1681. Following the Jacobite War the Colonel was force d to sell much of his property but he retained most of hi s lands in the county Mayo baronies of Murrisk and Burrisho ole and some of his property in the barony of Carra. Thes e estates formed the nucleus of what became the largest est ate in county Mayo owned by the Browne family of Westport . During the 18th century additional estates were purchase d from the Bell family in the barony of Clanmorris; from Ch ristopher Irwin in county Roscommon; from the Medlycotts a t Newport Pratt; from John Evelyn at Oldhead and the remain der of the Bourke estate. In 1801 the Arbuthnot estate at B urrishoole, which included Aughness in the barony of Erris , was purchased and in 1818 the Lehinch estate in the baron ies of Kilmaine and Clanmorris was bought from Henry Blak e of Renvyle, county Galway. Although George Browne 3rd Mar quess of Sligo sold some property in 1854, he remained th e largest landholder in county Mayo, owning 114,881 acres i n 1876. Most of the estate was sold to the Congested Distri cts Board in 1914 although the sale was not formally finali zed until the early 1920s with the Land Commission. The fam ily retained Westport House and are still resident today. .
- Abbrev: Liverpool Mercury etc. (Liverpool, England)
Title: Liverpool Mercury etc. (Liverpool, England)
- Abbrev: John Bull (London England)
Title: John Bull (London England)
Text: Feb 1, 1845
- Abbrev: The Derby Mercury
Title: The Derby Mercury
Text: Thursday, March 14, 1816
On the fourth instance at Finnegans Hotel, Dublin, the Marq uis of Sligo, the Lady Hester Catherine de Burgh. After th e ceremony, the newly married couple set off for Mr. Boswes – Daly’s Lodge at the the Curragh, on their way to Westport.