In The House Of Lords. Montague Peerage. Case Of Henry Browne, Esq., On His Claim To The Title And Dignity Of Viscount Montague. 1851.
Macintosh, Printer Great New-street.
Before the lords' committee for privileges.
4to. 9 x 11 inches.  + 144 pp. Bound in original brown cloth, boards with blind stamped decorated borders enclosing gilt title. Extremities worn and sunned at spine and edges; otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by 4 folding genealogical tables and by 2 folding maps. A peerage inheritance case referred to the House of Lords Committee of Privileges in 1851. Henry Browne (baptised 1793-94) claimed descent from Sir Anthony Browne, created 1st Viscount Montague in 1554. The title had become extinct when the 8th and 9th (Mark Browne, 1745-97) Viscounts had died without issue in 1793 and 1797. The estate, including the ruins of Cowdray House,near Midhurst, West Sussex, formerly the principal seat of the family and destroyed by fire in 1793, was inherited by a sister of the last Viscount, who married into the Poyntz family. It would appear that, in spite of the arguments his legal advisors put forward, Henry Browne was unsuccessful in his case, and the title remains extinct. The book provides a history of the Browne Viscounts Montague and reprints original letters from the 3rd Viscountess written in the 1660s and 70s.
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