Thomas Browne (died 1460)

Sir Thomas Browne
Spouse(s) Eleanor FitzAlan


William Browne
Sir George Browne
Thomas Browne
Sir Anthony Browne
Robert Browne
Leonard Browne
Edward Browne
Katherine Browne
Died 20 July 1460

Sir Thomas Browne (1402  29 July 1460) was a Member of Parliament and Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was beheaded for treason on 20 July 1460.


Thomas Browne was born in 1402, the son and heir of Sir Robert Browne of Betchworth and a nephew of Stephen Browne MP.[1] He was sworn to the peace in Kent in 1434. He was Justice of Peace for Kent from 1436 to 24 December 1450. He was High Sheriff of Kent in 1439 and Member of Parliament for Dover in the same year, and Knight of the Shire for Kent in 1445.[2] He was present at Parliament in 1447 and 1449 as Under Treasurer. He was MP between 1449 and 1450 for Wallingford.

He served as Treasurer of the Household to Henry VI.[2] He was knighted 1449/1451. During the reign of King Henry VI, his highest post was that of Chancellor of the Exchequer, which he held between 1440 and 1450. He was later Justice of Peace for Surrey from 20 July 1454 till his death.

Browne was convicted of treason on 20 July 1460, and immediately executed. According to some sources he was beheaded, [2] while according to other sources he and six others were executed at Tyburn.



In about 1437, Browne married Eleanor FitzAlan, daughter of Sir Thomas FitzAlan, third son of John FitzAlan, 2nd Baron Arundel (d. 14 August 1390), and Elizabeth le Despenser (d. 10 or 11 April 1408), by whom he had seven sons and two daughters:[5][6]


  1. History of Parliament...: 1439-1509By Josiah Clement Wedgwood, Anne Holt
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Richardson I 2011, p. 338.
  3. Hasted, Edward (1798). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Institute of Historical Research. 6: 132–143. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  4. Hasted, Edward (1800). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Institute of Historical Research. 10: 71–78. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  5. Cokayne 1910, p. 260.
  6. Richardson I 2011, pp. 32-3, 338.
  7. 'Parishes: Bapchild', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 6 (1798), pp. 122-132 Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  8. Richardson III 2011, p. 275.
  9. Philipott 1876, pp. 178, 351.
  10. Hitchin-Kemp 1902, pp. 24-5.
  11. Smith 1859, pp. 108-9.


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