Jemmett Browne

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Jemmett Browne
Archbishop of Tuam
Province Province of Tuam
Installed 1775
Term ended 1782
Predecessor John Ryder
Successor Joseph Bourke
Other posts Bishop of Killaloe (1743–1745)
Bishop of Dromore (1745)
Bishop of Cork and Ross (1745–1772)
Bishop of Elphin (1772–1775)
Ordination 29 December 1723
Consecration 1743
Personal details
Died 9 June 1782
Buried Tuam
Nationality Anglo-Irish
Denomination Church of Ireland

Jemmett Browne (c.1703 – 9 June 1782) was the Church of Ireland Bishop of Killaloe from 1743 to 1745, Bishop of Dromore for three months in the middle of 1745, Bishop of Cork and Ross from 1745 to 1772, Bishop of Elphin from 1772 to 1775, and finally Archbishop of Tuam from 1775 until his death in 1782. [1]

Church of Ireland Anglican church in Ireland

The Church of Ireland is a Christian church in Ireland and an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion. It is organised on an all-Ireland basis and is the second largest Christian church on the island after the Roman Catholic Church. Like other Anglican churches, it has retained elements of pre-Reformation practice, notably its episcopal polity, while rejecting the primacy of the Bishop of Rome. In theological and liturgical matters, it incorporates many principles of the Reformation, particularly those espoused during the English Reformation. The church self-identifies as being both Catholic and Reformed. Within the church, differences exist between those members who are more Catholic-leaning and those who are more Protestant-leaning. For historical and cultural reasons, the Church of Ireland is generally identified as a Protestant church.

The Bishop of Killaloe is an episcopal title which takes its name after the town of Killaloe in County Clare, Ireland. In the Roman Catholic Church it remains a separate title, but in the Church of Ireland it has been united with other bishoprics.

The Bishop of Dromore is an episcopal title which takes its name after the market town of Dromore in County Down, Northern Ireland. In the Roman Catholic Church the title still continues as a separate bishopric, but in the Church of Ireland it has been united with other bishoprics.

Of a family seated at Riverstown in County Cork, Browne was descended from an Englishman named Thomas Browne who had settled in the city of Cork about 1660. Born at Cork, the name Jemmett came from the family of his mother, Judith, daughter of Warham Jemmett. [2] His father, Edward Browne, was Mayor of Cork in 1714. [3] He was educated at Westminster School and on 29 December 1723 was ordained a priest of the Church of Ireland by his relation (through his wife) Bishop Peter Browne. He was appointed Treasurer of Ross in February 1723/24, Vicar Choral of Cork on 14 July 1724, Precentor of Cork on 13 February 1724/25, and Prebendary of Cork in 1732. He then served for ten years as Dean of Ross, 1733–1743. [4] [5]

Riverstown Village in Connacht, Ireland

Riverstown, historically called Ballyederdaowen, is a village in County Sligo, Ireland. It is located at a bridging point of the River Unshin (Arrow), about 19 km south of Sligo town and 4 km east of the N4 road.

County Cork County in the Republic of Ireland

County Cork is a county in Ireland. It is the largest and southernmost county of Ireland, situated in the province of Munster and named after the city of Cork, Ireland's second-largest city. The Cork County Council is the local authority for the county. Its largest market towns are Mallow, Macroom, Midleton, and Skibbereen. In 2016, the county's population was 542,868, making it the third-most populous county in Ireland. Notable Corkonians include Michael Collins, Jack Lynch, and Sonia O'Sullivan.

Cork (city) City in Munster, Ireland

Cork is a city in south-west Ireland, in the province of Munster, which had a population of 125,657 in 2016.

In 1733 Browne married Alice, a daughter of Thomas Waterhouse, and had sons named Edward (Archdeacon of Ross) and Thomas (a priest). [5]

Browne is appreciated for architectural and decorative patronage of work undertaken at Riverstown House.

Browne was a friend of Laurence Sterne, who noted in A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy (1768) that "the Bishop of Cork and Ross has made me great offers in Ireland." [6]

Laurence Sterne Irish/English writer

Laurence Sterne was an Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman. He wrote the novels The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, and also published many sermons, wrote memoirs, and was involved in local politics. Sterne died in London after years of fighting tuberculosis.

<i>A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy</i> 1768 novel by Laurence Sterne

A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy is a novel by Laurence Sterne, written and first published in 1768, as Sterne was facing death. In 1765, Sterne travelled through France and Italy as far south as Naples, and after returning determined to describe his travels from a sentimental point of view. The novel can be seen as an epilogue to the possibly unfinished work The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, and also as an answer to Tobias Smollett's decidedly unsentimental Travels Through France and Italy. Sterne had met Smollett during his travels in Europe, and strongly objected to his spleen, acerbity and quarrelsomeness. He modeled the character of Smelfungus on him.


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  1. Michael C. O'Laughlin, Families of Co. Clare, Ireland (2000), p. 38
  2. John Graham, ed., Ireland preserved: or, The siege of Londonderry and Battle of Aughrim (Hardy & Walker, 1841), pp. 345-346
  3. Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society (Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 1927), p. 68
  4. The record of old Westminsters: a biographical list of all those who are known to have been educated at Westminster school from the earliest times to 1927, vol. 1 (Chiswick Press, 1928), p. 130
  5. 1 2 Sir Bernard Burke, Ashworth Peter Burke, 'Browne of Riverstown' in A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Ireland (Harrison & sons, 1899), pp. 50-51
  6. Laurence Sterne, ed. Melvyn New & Geoffrey Day, A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy (Hackett Publishing, 2006), p. 230