William Brownlow 1595-1666

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Sir William BROWNLOW or BROWNLOWE, 1st bart 1595-1666

Biographical Note

Second son of Richard Brownlow of Belton, Lincolnshire, Chief Protonothary of the Court of Common Pleas. BA University College, Oxford 1611, barrister of the Inner Temple 1617. He was created a baronet in 1641, and was MP for Lincolnshire in 1653.


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 are books at Belton today with can be associated with Sir William.


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