BROWNE, Robert (1695-1757), of Frampton, nr. Dorchester.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
Available from Boydell and Brewer



23 Apr. - 18 May 1720
25 June 1737 - 1741

Family and Education

bap. 7 Aug. 1695, 1st s. of Robert Browne of Frampton and Forston, in Charminster, Dorset by Frances, da. of Robert Browne of Blandford St. Mary, Dorset; e. bro. of John Browne. educ. Hart Hall, Oxf. 1715. m. Jenny, da. of Charles Brune of Plumber, in Lydlinch, Dorset, s.p.

Offices Held

High steward, Dorchester 1734-d.


Robert Browne was descended from John Browne, who about 1572 acquired the manor of Frampton, of which his ancestors had been lessee tenants.1 His great-grandfather, another John Browne, represented the county in the Long Parliament. His father was high steward of Dorchester, where the family owned freehold property.2 At a by-election for Dorchester in 1720 he was returned as a Tory by one vote but was unseated on petition. Joining his younger brother John as Member for the borough in 1737, he voted against the Spanish convention in 1739, but did not stand again. He died 21 Apr. 1757.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Hutchins, Dorset, ii. 297-98.
  • 2. Mayo & Gould, Municipal Recs. of Dorchester, 691, 695.