Scull's A Chapter of Family History: Sir William Browne, Knight, 1556-1610 and Sir Nathaniel Rich, Knight, -1636


In 1882, the expatriate American scholar G. D. Scull prepared and donated this manuscript to Boston's New England Historic Genealogical Society. It traces several generations of two seventeenth century British houses united by marriage, politics and ambition. Sir William Browne, as deputy commander of Queen Elizabeth I's army in Continental Vlissingen (Flushing), was charged not only with the protracted military struggle with Europe's Catholic armies, but also with the egos and whims of his superiors back at Court, including Queen Elizabeth herself. Once believing himself accused of treason to the Crown, he pleaded his loyalty with impassioned letters, one actually found inserted in the manuscript itself and reproduced here. Sir Nathaniel Rich's gaze looked westward; while maintaining a sturdy presence in Parliament and often at odds with the Crown, he dedicated himself to the founding and support of its struggling Atlantic colonies, notably Bermuda. In essence an anthology of letters, verse, family charts and documents bound together by Scull's commentary, Scull's often idiosyncratic prose style lends a charm of its own, and is here reproduced without change. In addition to the author's family charts and graphic, the editor has supplied an introduction, glossary, and index.

G. D. Scull and James Brown

2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 132 pp. 

ISBN: 9780788445606