Family of Sir Wistan Brown the elder

Sir Wistan Brown was the son of either Robert or Thomas Brown of Essex
(depending which Visitation version one follows). He was sheriff of
Essex and Herts in 1514.

His wife was a daughter of William Mordaunt of Turvey, Beds. ODNB
states her name was Elizabeth [biography of Sir Anthony Brown] while
the Visitation of Essex calls her Maud.

His younger brother was Sir Humphrey Brown, justice of the Common
Pleas (d 1562).

Sir Wistan was dead by 26 Henry VIII:

"Essex and Hertfordshire: Inquisition on possessions of Wistan Broun
collector of customs in port of London" (PRO E 199/12/11)

We now know that Sir Wistan had at least two sons and five daughters:

1. John Brown, son and heir, named in the Visitation of Essex and in
PRO C 1/1003/25-26 (see below); he married Audrey Vere, daughter and
coheir of Henry Vere of Addington, and left issue, a son George
Brown. John Brown was dead by 1551:

"George Brown of White Roding, Essex, esquire, ( son and heir of John
Brown dec'd, who was son and heir of Sir Weston Brown), to Mathew
Brodurye of Rickling, Essex, gent." (Herts RO DE/AS 1-4898 dated 2
June 1551)

2. Sir Anthony Brown, justice of the Common Pleas, born c1509; died
1567; will proved PCC, in which he states his father was Sir Wistan
Brown; married but without issue (see ODNB)

3. (daughter) married John Prior, son of Sir Andrew Prior, knt (Vis

4. (daughter) married Mr Smith of Lincolnshire (Vis Essex)

5. (daughter) married Mr Cutts of Debden (Vis Essex)

6. (daughter) married Mr Knighton of Suffolk (Vis Essex)

7. Elizabeth Brown, married Rice (?Rees/?Richard) Herbert:

"Rice HERBERT, esquire, and Elizabeth his wife, daughter of Wistan
Browne, knight, v. John BROWN, esquire, son and heir of the said Sir
Wistan: Legacy charged on the manor of Langenhoe: ESSEX" (dated
1538-1544) PRO C 1/1003/25-26