CFHS code : ED137

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : FRANCES LOUISE BROWNE b June 27 1796 d Jan 4 1859

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203272, 0.13653724 – click here for location

Browne Celtic cross


This limestone headstone surmounted by celtic cross, in the parish area of St Edward (Sexton row I, grave 5), is located to the left of the western path beyond the path to the centre circle (going northwards), against the west boundary wall. (According to the sexton’s book, the body is buried 8 feet deep.)


[in a circle]

He that endureth to the end shall be saved. Mark X.22 [recte Matthew XXIV.13]


I will give you rest.
Frances Louise Browne born June 27 1796 died Jan 4 1859

Frances Louise Browne (27 June 1796 –  4 January 1859)

Frances Louise was the eldest daughter of Col Robert and Sarah Dorothea Browne of Morton House, Buckinghamshire. She was born in Dorset, and baptised on 21 July 1796 in Melcombe Regis, Dorset.

Col Robert and Sarah Browne had three daughters Frances, Anna Maria [1797-1891] and Marion [1805-1890] and three sons John William Barrington [1800-1874], Thomas Robert Gore [1807-1887] and Edward Harold [1811-1891].  Thomas Robert Gore became Governor of New Zealand, Bermuda and Tasmania – more of his life can be read here.

Frances Louise was living in Kenwyn, Cornwall in 1851 with her brother Edward Harold and his family.  Edward Harold was a vicar there, but was also a  Cambridge academic and the Norrisian Professor of Divinity. He would later become Bishop of Ely [1864] and Bishop of Winchester [1873]. He was instrumental in the founding of the Mothers Union.  More of his life can be read here

Frances died in Cambridge in January 1859. Her probate record show that she ‘was formerly of Kenwyn in the County of Cornwall and late of the Town and County of Cambridge’.  What brought her to Cambridge is unknown, but it could have been connected with her brother’s work at the University.  She left effects valued at under £5,000.




By Ian Bent and Claire Martinsen

Frances Louise Browne