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James Clifton Brown 1841 - 1917

March 05, 2010

{::}**James Clifton Brown** JP 1841 – 1917 was a British Liberal Party MP for Horsham, a soldier, Colonel of the 2nd Brigade, Lancashire Division, Royal Artillery, Justice of the Peace, and High Sheriff of Sussex,

Clifton Brown and his wife were advocates and sponsors of homeopathy, politically active in the cause of homeopathy, they gave talks in support of homeopathy, they were major sponsors of the Homeopathic Convalescent Home in Eastbourne, and of the London Homeopathic Hospital,

From James Clifton Brown was the second son of Alexander Brown and his wife Sarah Benedict Brown, daughter of James Brown. His paternal grandfather was the banker and merchant Sir William Brown 1st Baronet, and his younger brother was the Liberal politician Sir Alexander Brown 1st Baronet. Brown was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Master of Arts.

He was elected to the House of Commons at a by-election in 1876 for Horsham in Sussex, and held the seat until his defeat at the 1880 general election. Brown served as lieutenant-colonel of the 1st Lancashire Royal Garrison Artillery and on his retirement in 1884, was granted the rank of an honorary colonel of the 2nd Brigade, Lancashire Division. He was a Justice of the Peace and in 1888, he was appointed High Sheriff of Sussex. 

On 21 March 1866, he married Amelia Rowe, daughter of Charles Rowe. They had ten children, four daughters and six sons. His oldest son Howard represented the same constituency as his father, and his fifth son Douglas was later elevated to the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

From James Clifton Brown b.13 February 1841, d.5 January 1917. He was the son of Alexander Brown and Sarah Benedict Brown. He married Amelia Rowe, daughter of Charles Rowe, on 21 March 1866.

He died on 5 January 1917 at age 75.

James Clifton Brown graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, with a Master of Arts (M.A.). He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.).

He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Horsham between 1876 and 1880. He gained the rank of Honorary Colonel in the service of the 2nd Brigade, Lancashire Division, Royal Artillery.

He lived at Holmbush, Sussex, England. Children of James Clifton Brown and Amelia Rowe; Elsie Clifton Brown b. 9 Sep 1861, d. 2 Dec 1958; Howard Clifton Brown b. 3 Apr 1868, d. 11 Sep 1946; Edward Clifton Brown b. 10 Feb 1870, d. 1 Nov 1944; Louisa Clifton Brown b. 10 Mar 1871, d. 18 Nov 1956; Vice-Admiral Francis Clifton Brown b. 10 Jul 1874, d. 6 Sep 1963; Mildred Clifton Brown b. 19 Feb 1876, d. 4 Apr 1949; Colonel Douglas Clifton Brown, 1st and last Viscount Ruffside b. 16 Aug 1879, d. 5 May 1958; Isla Clifton Brown b. 19 Dec 1883, d. 5 Feb 1971; Cedric Clifton Brown b. 10 Dec 1887, d. 22 Oct 1968,


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