Birth: 1856 - March Quarter

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Bolton, Northumberland

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: Not Known

Place or Registered Place of Death: Not Known

Father: Major Alexander Browne (1813-1894)

Mother: Helena Gwynifred Forman (1823-1883)

Spouse(s): William Slingsby-Hunter

Date of Marriage: 10 September 1879

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Belford, Northumberland

Children:

Miriam Slingsby-Hunter (1880-)
Gwynifred Slingsby-Hunter (1881-)
Barbara Slingsby-Hunter (1883-1969)
Joan Slingsby-Hunter (1883-)
Madge Slingsby-Hunter (1886-)
Kenneth G. Slingsby-Hunter (1889-)
Joseph Charles Slingsby-Hunter (1895-)

Notes:

Alexander Browne, the son of Rev. Alexander Browne (1790-1857), of Branton, Northumberland, was born about 1813 at St. Margaret's, Rochester in Kent. Alexander died at Doxford in Northumberland on 14 January 1894, aged 81.

Helena Gwynifred Forman, the daughter of William Forman of Pennydarren House, Glamorgan, was born about 1823 at Methyr Tydfil in Glamorganshire. Helena died at Alnwick in Northumberland during the March quarter of 1883, aged 60.

Alexander Browne and Helena Gwynifred Forman were married at Brighton in Sussex on 13 September 1842.

Records & Recollections
The Aln and Breamish Local History Society
New Series Volume 1, No. 4
June 2005
In the Church of St Bartholomew in Whittingham there are a number of brass plates commemorating members of the Browne family. This story begins with the Rev. Alexander (1) Browne (1780 – 1857), who owned Branton but lived in Budleigh Salterton in Devon. His son, also called Alexander (2) (1812 – 1894), joined the army and during his army service was stationed in Cardiff. There he met and later married in 1842 a Miss Helena Gwynifred Forman. He returned to Northumberland and joined the Northumberland Light Infantry (later the Militia and later the Territorials) and lived successively at Trewhitt and Glanton House in Glanton where he brought up his family, then in Bolton and Lesbury. While in Lesbury he re-bought Doxford, which had formerly belonged to the family and lived there, using Lesbury as a hunting lodge. He built Breamish House which he also used as a hunting lodge(i).

He became Chief Constable of Northumberland but like all the other Brownes in this story, his main passion seems to have been hunting. He had bought, and brought to Northumberland, the South Dorset hounds. He built Greenrigg Kennels and was Master of the Hounds for some 10 years. In 1878 the Hunt became the Percy when Earl Percy, the 7th Duke of Northumberland, bought Major Browne’s hounds. He died at Doxford, of a fall from a horse, aged 82.

Let us return briefly to Miss Forman. At the time of their marriage there were a number of people between them and the Forman family fortune. “But they all happened to die off within six months”(iii) and Alexander (3) Henry, son of Major Alexander (2) and the former Miss Forman, inherited the money.

Alexander (3) Henry
Alexander (3) was born in 1845 and died in 1898. We do not know too much about his childhood, but he seems to have spent it in Glanton and he went to school for a
few years in Whittingham before going to Harrow(iii). He married Mary Isobell Cadogan, daughter of Cadogan Hodgson Cadogan of Brinkburn Priory, in 1870. He enters our story at centre stage when he buys Callaly Castle from the last Clavering heir in 1877.

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1851 Census:

House, Glanton, Alnwick, Northumberland
Alexander Browne - Head - Married - 38 - 1813 - Landed Proprietor and Fundholder - Rochester, Kent
Helena G. Browne - Wife - 28 - 1823 - Merthyr, Glamorganshire
Mary A. Browne - Daughter - 7 - 1844 - Swansea, Glamorganshire
Alexander H. Browne - Son - 5 - 1846 - Llanhamlach, Brecknockshire
Helena E. Browne - Daughter - 4 - 1847 - Llanhamlach, Brecknockshire
Isabella Browne - Daughter - 2 - 1849 - Alnwick, Northumberland

1861 Census:

17, Framlington Place, St Andrew, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland
Alexander Browne - Head - Married - 48 - 1813 - Late Major in Army, Chief Constable - St. Margarets, Rochester
Helena G. Browne - Wife - 38 - 1823 - Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire
Mary Ann Browne - Daughter - 17 - 1844 - Swansea, Glamorganshire
Helena E. Browne - Daughter - 14 - 1847 - Scholar - Brecon, Breconshire
Isabella - Daughter - 12 - 1849 - Scholar - Alnwick, Northumberland
Jane Collingwood Browne - Daughter - 9 - 1852 - Scholar - Glanton, Northumberland
Frederick B. Browne - Son - 8 - 1853 - Scholar - Glanto, Northumberland
Frances G. Browne - Daughter - 5 - 1856 - Scholar - Bolton, Northumberland
Charles E. Browne - Son - 2 - 1859 - Lesbury, Northumberland
Edward H. Browne - Son - 2 Months - 1861 - Newcastle, Northumberland

1871 Census:

Lesbury House, Lesbury, Alnwick, Northumberland
Alexander Browne - Head - Married - 57 - 1814 - Kent
Helena G. Browne - Wife - 47 - 1824 - Glamorgan
Mary Ann Browne - Daughter - 26 - 1845 - Glamorgan
Helena E. Browne - Daughter - 24 - 1847 - Breconshire
Isabella Browne - Daughter - 22 - 1849 - Northumberland
Jane C. Browne - Daughter - 19 - 1852 - Northumberland
Frederick B. Browne - Son - 18 - 1853 - Northumberland
Frances G. Browne - Daughter - 15 - 1856 - Northumberland
Amy E. Browne - Daughter - 17 - 1854 - Northumberland
Frances Brown - Sister, Visitor - 61 - 1810 - Kent
Julia S. Browne - Sister, Visitor - 52 - 1819 - Kent
Walter W. Browne - Brother, Visitor - 55 - 1816 - Kent
Walter W. Browne - Nephew, Visitor - 28 - 1843 - Ireland

1881 Census:

Doxford Hall, Doxford, Northumberland
Alexander Browne - Head - Married - 68 - J.P. - Rochester, Kent
Helena Gwynifrid Browne - Wife - 58 - 1823 - Methyr, Glamorganshire, Wales
Mary Ann Browne - Daughter - 37 - 1844 - Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales
Frederick Bryan Browne - Son - 28 - 1853 - Captain Northumberland Militia - Whittingham, Northumberland
Amy Emma Browne - Daughter - 17 - 1864 - Alnmouth, Northumberland

1891 Census:

Doxford Hall, Doxford, West Fallodon, Northumberland
Alexander Browne - Head - Widower - 79 - 1812 - J.P. & D.L. - Rochester, Kent
Jane C, Burrell - Daughter - Widow - 38 - 1853 - Glanton, Northumberland
Amy E. Browne - Daughter - 26 - 1865 - Alnmouth, Northumberland
W. Matthew Burrell - Grandson - 15 - 1876 - Glen Allen, Northumberland

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The Penydarren ironworks was founded in 1784, by Samuel Homfray, with the financial assistance of a wealthy Londoner named George Forman. It was here that the first rail ever made in Wales was rolled, for the Liverpool and Manchester railway which opened in 1830. Here too, the cable for the bridge spanning the Menai Straits was made.

Samuel Homfray made a wager of £1,000 with Richard Crawshay that he would convey a load of iron by steam power from his works to the Navigation, at Abercynon a distance. The man chosen to complete this feat was Richard Trevithick, and with a great crowd of onlookers assembled at Penydarren, on the 21st February 1804 to witness the event. The locomotive travelling at five miles an hour, with a load of ten tons of iron and 70 passengers reached its destination safely, thus winning the wager for Homfray and world wide publicity for Penydarren.

Samuel Homfray lived for many years at Penydarren House but following his marriage to a sister of Sir Charles Morgan of Tredegar Park, he left Penydarren for Tredegar, Penydarren House was then occupied by Mr. William Forman who took over the Penydarren Works.

It was the last of the great ironworks to be built in Merthyr. It was unfortunately the first to be closed in 1859.

Sotheby's Auction
Painting
Description
James Seymour and Studio
1702-1752
two racehorses and their jockeys exercising on newmarket heath
oil on canvas
62 by 89 cm., 24 1/2 by 35 in.

The painting shows two racehorses at exercise on Warren Hill at Newmarket. The steeple is that of St Mary's Church and in the centre on the horizon is Ely Cathedral. Just above the town itself you can see in line the windmill, the King's Stand and the King's Stable with the Dyke in the background.

Provenance:
William Forman, Penydarren House, Glamorgan;
Helena, his daughter, who married Major Alexander Browne (1812-1894);
Thence by descent to Major Simon Browne, Callaly Castle, Northumberland, his sale, Christie's, 23rd September 1986, lot 435, sold for £20000.

The children of Alexander Browne and Helena Gwynifred Forman were:

Mary Ann Browne (1843-)
Alexander Henry Browne (1845-1898)
Helena Elizabeth Browne (1846-1887)
Isabella Browne (1848-)
Jane Collingwood Browne (1851-1907)
Frederick Bryan Browne (1853-1892)
Frances Gwynifred Browne (1856-)
Charles Edmund Browne (1858-1925)
Edward Thomas Browne (1861-)
Amy Emma Browne (1863-)


Frances Gwynifred Browne