Thomas Browne (officer of arms)

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Thomas Browne
Nathaniel Dance-Holland - Thomas "Sense" Browne - Google Art Project.jpg
Thomas 'Sense' Browne by Nathaniel Dance-Holland, 1775
Born 19 November 1708[1]
Died 1780
Great James Street, London
Occupation Officer of arms
Parent(s) John Browne
The coat of arms of Garter Principal King of Arms.

Thomas Browne (1708–1780), Garter Principal King of Arms, the second son of John Browne of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, became Bluemantle Pursuivant in 1737, Lancaster Herald in 1743, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms in 1761, and Garter in 1774 until his death.


Browne was the most eminent land surveyor in the kingdom, and was called Sense Browne, to distinguish him from his contemporary, Lancelot Brown, who was usually called Capability Brown.[1] At first he resided at his seat of Little Wimley near Stevenage, Hertfordshire, which "he received with his wife." He later moved to Camville Place, Essendon. Browne died at his town house in St. James's Street (now called Great James Street), Bedford Row, on 22 February 1780. His portrait was engraved by W. Dickinson, from a painting by Nathaniel Dance-Holland.[1]


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