Sir John Brownlow 1594-1679

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Sir John BROWNLOW or BROWNLOWE, 1st bart 1594-1679

Biographical Note

Son of Richard Brownlow (1553-1638), of Belton, Lincolnshire, Chief Protonothary of the Court of Common Pleas. BA University College, Oxford 1610, admitted at the Inner Temple 1608. Sheriff of Lincolnshire 1640, and made a baronet in 1641.


The library at Belton House was continuously developed from the time of Richard Brownlow onwards, and contains books associated with many subsequent generations. Its growth largely took place during the 18th century (there were ca.1300 books there by 1730), but there at least 36 books at Belton today, and a commonplace book, with can be associated with this Sir John.


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