Name: Wistan Browne
Prefix: Sir 1
Birth: 1531 in Abbess Roding, Essex 2
Residence: Rookwood Hall, Abbess Roding, Ongar, Essex
Change Date: 7 SEP 2007
Queen Elizabeth stayed at Rookwood Hall in 1561 (and/or 1578)?
Just outside Abbess Roding stands the ruins of Rookwood Hall, a house where Elizabeth I stayed in 1578. The 16th Century barns here have been restored after intervention from the District and County Councils and English Heritage.
It would seem he also married Elizabeth Paulet dau of Giles Paulet of Cockels, Wilts, who was son of William Paulet and Elizabeth Capel.
Rookwood descended in the direct male line of the Brownes until 1580 when Wistan Browne, son of George, died leaving as his heir his son Anthony. (Footnote 24) Anthony died without issue in 1583. (Footnote 25) Rookwood was then divided between his sisters Jane, wife of (Sir) Gamaliel Capel, and Katherine, wife of Nicholas Waldegrave of Borley. (Footnote 26) Capel apparently acquired Waldegrave's share in addition to his own. He certainly lived at Rookwood Hall, (Footnote 27) and there is no evidence of a continued Waldegrave connexion with the manor. After 1599, when Capel bought the manor of Abbess Roding, Rookwood formed part of a larger estate in the parish and does not seem to have been named as a separate manor. Rookwood Hall, however, continued to be the residence of the Capels throughout their connexion with the parish. In their time it was a house of considerable size. Mrs. Sarah Capel, who was buried at Abbess Roding in 1698, was probably the last of the family to live there.
Deed of Confirmation 14 February 1570/1:
Wistan Browne of Abbess Roding esq. (cousin ['consanguinius'] and next heir to Anth. Browne, lately one of Queen's Justices of the Bench decd., namely son and heir of George Browne esq. deceased [son and heir of John Browne esq. who was deceased brother and heir of Anth.], patron, to Schoolmaster and guardians of Sir Antony Browne?s Grammar School, Brentwood.
(Brentwood School was founded in 1557 and received its charter as the Grammar School of Anthony Browne on 5th July, 1558. Browne became Chief Justice of Common Pleas during the reign of Queen Mary. In 1622 Statutes were drawn up for the school by Sir Anthony Browne, John Donne and George Monteigne, Bishop of London. They require that all boys shall be instructed in Virtue, Learning and Manners.)
Sir Anthony Browne (1510?-67), Chief Justice of Common Pleas, was the son of Sir Wistan Browne of Rookwood.
Father: George Browne b: ABT 1506
Mother: Elizabeth Leventhorpe b: ABT 1512
- Jayne Browne
- Type: Book
Periodical: Victoria County History of Essex
- Type: Web Site
Title: IGI (Aft Oct 2002)