John Browning (died 1416)

John Browning (c. 1369-1416) (alias Brounyng, etc.) of Melbury Sampford in Dorset and of Leigh near Deerhurst, Gloucestershire, was thrice a member of Parliament for Gloucestershire, in 1397, 1401 and 1414.[2]

Arms of Browning of Melbury Sampford: Barry wavy of six argent and azure[1]


He was born in about 1369, the eldest son and heir of John Browning by his wife Alice Mautravers, a daughter and co-heiress of Sir John Mautravers, MP, of Hooke in Dorset (and a half-sister of John Maltravers, 1st Baron Maltravers (c.1290–1364)[3])), by his second wife Joan Foliot, daughter and heiress of Sir Walter Foliot of Nantwich, Cheshire, and of Melbury Sampford in Dorset.

Marriage and childrenEdit

He married twice:

  • Firstly at some time before February 1383, to Agnes Rodborough (c.1364-pre.1392), a daughter and co-heiress of William Rodborough of Leigh, near Deerhurst, Gloucestershire, by whom he had issue one son, who predeceased him, and one daughter:
    • Richard Browning (1387-1400), died an infant;[4]
    • Cecily Browning, wife of Guy Whittington, MP, eldest son of Robert Whittington of Pauntley, and nephew of Richard Whittington, Mayor of London. She inherited several of her maternal Rodborough estates.[5]
  • Secondly, at some time before 1397, he married Eleanor FitzNichol, the younger daughter and a co-heiress of Sir Thomas FitzNichol, MP, of Hill near Berkeley Castle, in Gloucestershire, by whom he had two sons including:
    • John Browning (1397-1420), eldest son and heir,[6] who besides his paternal inheritance also inherited various FitzNichol estates from his maternal grandfather. He died childless aged 23 when his heir became his younger brother William Browning.[7]
    • William Browning (born 1400), thrice an MP for Dorset in 1439, 1450 and 1455.[8]
  • Thirdly, in 1408, he married Alice Berkeley (c.1379-1414), a daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Berkeley, MP, of Coberley, and widow of Thomas Bridges of Haresfield, Gloucestershire.[9]


  • Woodger, L. S., biography of "Browning, John (c.1369-1416), of Melbury Sampford, Dorset and Leigh near Deerhurst, Glos.", published in: History of Parliament: House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993 [3]


  1. ^ "Monumental Heraldry in Dorset", in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 5, East (London, 1975), pp. 121-129 [1]
  2. ^ Woodger
  3. ^ Kingsford, Charles Lethbridge, biography of "Maltravers, John", Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 36 [2]
  4. ^ Woodger
  5. ^ Woodger
  6. ^ Woodger
  7. ^ Woodger
  8. ^ Woodger
  9. ^ Woodger