File BL/BR 31 - Copy will of Samuel Browne, naming Philip Case, Scarlet Brown, and Edward Everard his executors and trustees

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BL/BR 31


Copy will of Samuel Browne, naming Philip Case, Scarlet Brown, and Edward Everard his executors and trustees


  • 10 Dec 1784 (Creation)

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(fl 1699-1856)

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The Everard family came from Middleton in Norfolk. They were brewers and merchants in King's Lynn in the eighteenth century, dealing mainly in wine, grain, fish and timber. By the nineteenth century they had become bankers with interests in a range of commercial undertakings. Confusingly, four successive generations of the family were called Edward. Edward Everard I (c 1699-1769) married Mary, daughter of Benjamin Holley, alderman and brewer of King's Lynn, in 1734. His son, Edward II (1739-1819) married in 1760 Mary Barsham, sister of his partner, Samuel Browne, merchant of King's Lynn. His son, Edward III (c 1761-1829) married Dorothy Elsden in 1789, and Sarah Sellen Ellington in 1817. His son Edward IV (c 1794-1764) married Anna Theodora St John in 1822: his only surviving child, Mary Georgina, married Major Thomas Hutton in 1856. The businesses were wound up before the death of Edward Everard IV, the bank being taken over by Messrs Gurney.

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(fl 1751)

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Born c 1712 in Great Fransham, and died on 11 April 1792 in King's Lynn. He was the son of Thomas Case and Hester Freeman.
The most successful attorney in King's Lynn in the eighteenth century. The son of a farmer at Fransham, he set up his practice on completion of his articles in 1733, became a freeman of King's Lynn by the end of the year, was elevated to the council on the same day, and married into a local gentry family in the following year. His outstanding abilities soon brought him a large clientele. While still in his twenties he was acting for the second viscount Townshend and Sir John Turner of Warham, and was deputy clerk of the peace. By mid-career he was acting as 'man of business' to many of the landed families of north-west Norfolk, not only as an attorney but often as land agent and steward of their manors - being described as 'the greatest and cleverest court keeper in England' in 1768. He became comptroller of customs at King's Lynn in 1754, and clerk of the peace in 1760.
Throughout his life he purchased property, eventually accumulating estates at Stradsett, Crimplesham and Fincham, Gayton Thorpe and East Walton, Grimston, and Gaywood, Mintlyn and Bawsey. Although he had manor houses at Stradsett and Gaywood, he continued to live at King's Lynn, where he was mayor in 1745, 1764, 1777, and 1786. He had three daughters - Pleasance and Hester who married Thomas Bagge and Samuel Browne, both prominent Lynn merchants, and Sarah, the only one to survive him, who married Anthony Hamond of Westacre. He died worth approximately £100,000 in land and investments.

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(1729-7 Nov 1784)

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Samuel Browne was one of the most successful Lynn merchants of his day, trading in coal, corn and fish, as Everard Browne, and in wine as Browne & Hickman. He owned shares in several ships, and made investments in stock, mortgages, and other securities. The family originated in Lincolnshire. At the time of Browne's death he had property in Lynn, South Lynn, North Runcton, Hardwick, and Grimston, Norfolk, in Long Sutton, Bicker and Frampton, Lincolnshire, and in Eye in Suffolk. Consequently his affairs took several years to wind up. His brother Scarlet Browne died in 1786 and was succeeded as executor by his son-in-law, Henry Bell.
Both of Samuel Browne's daughters married into the Norfolk gentry: Pleasance married Edward Roger Pratt of Ryston, and Hester married Jacob Henry Astley.

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Formerly part of BL Xd/8.

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Created 09/07/2008 by Droip. Modified 25/07/2019 by Catherine.Collins.


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