Arthur Browne MS.

Repository: Cork City and County Archives

Identity Statement

TitleArthur Browne MS.
Archive ReferenceIE CCCA/SM739
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates(1729) c1790-1792
Extent MediumMS. 1 vol. c.100pp + TS. 12pp


Creator(s): Browne, Arthur (1743-1827) Governor of Charles Fort Kinsale

  • Administrative History ↴

    Born 1743, Portsmouth New Hampshire, North America. In 1759 entered military service with General Wolfe at Quebec, in the Artillery. Took up ensigncy in the 58th Regiment. Stationed variously at West Indies, Ireland (1764-1771), England, Gibraltar, Scotland. Purchased his company in 1772, becoming Captain Browne. Stationed in Ireland from 1786. Lieutenant Governor of Charles Fort Kinsale County Cork, 1791-?1827. Married first to Catherine Kitson (d1892) and secondly to Dorothea Anne Browne daughter of Rev. Thomas Adderley, Rector of Rincurran, Kinsale. Father to 21 childen. Died 1827 and buried at Cove Church/ St.Catherines (Rincurran), Kinsale.
  • Archival History ↴

    Donated to Archives by descendant of Browne, from Cananda in 2010.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Browne, Arthur (1743-1827) Governor of Charles Fort Kinsale ↴

    1. (1729) 1790-?1792. MS. bound volume/journal belonging to Arthur Browne mainly related to his post as Lieutenant Governor of Charles Fort, Kinsale. Mainly dated c.1790-2, but includes some earlier references such as ‘Regulations of Honour – dated 30th April 1729’ concerning the sounding of reveille etc., and ‘Standing Orders for the Provost at Charles Fort, concerning governance and feeding of prisioners. List of men granted parole when ‘The Lieut. Governor being arrived at Charles Fort’ (2 April 1790). Financial account ‘Charged…24th April 1777’, entitled ‘Colonel Baugh’ for freight of furniture, payments to regiment, total of £209.3.11 with note, ‘Gave Colonel Baugh this acct. before he left Gibraltar’. Copy of order signed ‘Ar. Browne’ (16 May 1790) concerning marching orders for the 41st regiment and the guard at Charles Fort. Copy of letter to [Colonel] Jaques concening holding of general courts martial (nd). List of ‘Standing Orders for the Guard at Charles Fort’, such as ‘The sergeant of the guard is always to be present at the opening and shutting of the Gate…’. Copy of letter from Arthur Browne to ‘Dear Sir’ (16 Oct 1790), concerning complaint to the Board of Ordnance on procuring colours/flag for Charles Fort. Account of the ‘Dairy Man’ (nd). Copy of an account transmitted to the Board of Ordnance concerning building works (Nov. 1792) ‘Heads for a Letter’ concerning duties and authority of the governor of a fortress. List of prices of Grain sold in Dublin (Sep. 1790) (1p).

    The remainder of the volume (c.90 pp) consists of detailed notes on the management of various crops and other agricultural practices. . such as; ‘Expence & Profit attending a Farm of 150 English acres…’ and such as ‘Different quantities of Grain sown on an acre for Drill & Broadcast Husbandry’, and such as ‘Different Method of Sowing Wheat’, and such as ‘Experiments made in 1764 to find out the true distance or quantity of land, that wheat ought to have to grow upon.’ and such as, ‘General Directions for ploughing, sowing, harrowing and mowing or Harvesting Barley’, and such as ‘On the Managment of Turnips & their perfection’, and such as ‘On setting Potatoes, as in Ireland, on Ridges by Trenching’. Other produce mentioned includes oats, peas, beans, rye, buck-wheat, cattle, sheep, and rye-grass. Some of the information may be transcribed from published works.

    2. Photocopies of TS. pages mainly containing information about Arthur Browne and family..

    2/1. Chronological Summary of the Life of Lt. Col. Arthur Browne, Lt. Governor of Charles Fort & Kinsale’, from his birth in 1743 to his death in 1827 (2pp).
    2/2 Pages transcribed from an unknown source (possibly a letter to the King), concerning the military career and financial situation of Lt. Col. Browne, mentions seige of Gibraltar, disturbances in Ireland in 1786, his taking of the Governorship of Charles Fort in place of Lt. Col. Bernard (3pp).
    2/3 ‘Letters relating to the Military Career of Lt Col Browne of Charles Fort, Kinsale’; letter (20 Nov 1778) from Arthur Browne, Captain 58 Regiment, Gibraltar, to Lord Amherst via General Baugh (4pp)
    2/4 ‘A True Copy from the Vestry of Rincurran Parish’ (15 Oct 1875) from Robert H.Meade, Rector, with a list of all the 21 children of Arthur Browne (12 from his first marriage and 9 from his second marriage), from April 1770 to July 1815. Gives name and birth dates of each child (2pp)
    2/5 Text of a memorial tablet to Arthur Browne in Cove Church, Kinsale (now St. Catherine’s) (1p)
    2/6 ‘A Note on Portraits &c.’ with references and descriptions of portaits and other paintings of Arthur Browne by James Sharples, Mrs Marmaduke Williamson Browne, Copely and others, including items held by the Nixons and . Also extract from letter (24 June 1842) from Thomas Browne KCH, Knockduffe House near Kinsale, concerning a a mahogany liqueur case formerly belonging to Captain Ince who was killed with General Wolfe at Quebec on 13 Sept 1789.
    2/7 ‘Note on Charles Fort’ , permanent residence of Governor Arthur Browne and family; mentions that it was supposed to be ‘a haunted house’.
    2/8 Photocopy of drawing or painting of Charles Fort, Kinsale ?18th or 19th c.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    1. MS. Journal of Arthur Browne
    2. Copies of TS. pages containing information about Arthur Browne and family.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Open by appointment to those holding a current readers ticket.
Creation Dates(1729) c1790-1792
Extent MediumMS. 1 vol. c.100pp + TS. 12pp
Material Language ScriptEnglish
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Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteBrian McGee
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions40391