Patrick Browne

Life
?1720-1790; b. Woodstock, Co. Mayo; sent to live with a relative in Antigua, 1737; returned in ill-health and studied physical science, esp. botany, in Paris; moved to Leyden, MD, 1743; knew Gronovius and corr. with Linnaeus; practised medicine in London for two years, afterwards returning to the West Indies, proceeding to Jamaica; issued The Civil and Natural History of Jamaica (1756; rep. Arno 1972), a folio with 49 engravings, a map of Jamaica, and of the Port Royal harbour; second edn., 1769, without plates (consumed in fire of 1765), but with four new Linnaean indexes; ‘Catalogue of Birds of Ireland, whether natives, casual visitors, or birds of passage, taken from observation, classed and disposed according to Linnaeus’, printed in Exshaw’s Londdon Magazine (1774); left in manuscript a description of Soufriere, the lesser volcanic island adjacent to Montserrat, entitled ‘Catalogue of the plants now growing in the sugar islands’ [printed as A Catalogue of the Plants of Jamaica and the Other English Sugar colonies]; also ‘Catalogue of such Irish Plants as have been observed by the author, cheifly those of the couties of Mayo and galway’; d. Rushbrook, Co. Mayo, 29 Aug. 1790; bur. Crossboynem, with a monument; notice in Walker’s Hibernain Magazine, 1795, pt. II, pp.195-97. ODNB

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Works
‘A Brief Account of the Sulphur of Sulphurarium of Montserrat, West Indies’, in MS collection of Dr. Richard Howards (Harvard Univ.); cited in Marion Wheeler, Monserrat, West Indies: A Chronological History (Montserrat National Trust 1988), as copied by Brian McGinn [letter of 3 March 1997].

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