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Carlow 1906.

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Robert Clayton Browne 1836 - 1906.

Carlow Sentinel.

December 1906.

Death of Robert Clayton Browne, Esquire.

With deep regret we announce the death of Mr Robert Clayton Browne, which occurred on Friday 14th December 1906, at his temporary residence, Green Ville, near this town.

The deceased gentleman, who was unmarried, was born 3rd May, 1838, and was the third and youngest son of the late Robert Clayton Browne, Esquire, D.L., of Browne's Hill, Carlow, by Harriette-Agusta, third daughter of the late Hans Hamilton, Esquire, Lord of the Manor of Carlow, and for many years Member of Parliament for County Dublin.

Owing to delicate health Robert did not at any time take an active part in the public affairs of his native county, but was a zealous and earnest friend of every philanthropic and charitable movement, and a generous supporter of the Church of Ireland at and after its disestablishment.

Kind hearted and generous in disposition he enjoyed the love and esteem of a large circle of relatives and friends by whom, as well as by the general community, his death, which occurred after a long illness, borne with patient resignation, is deeply deplored.

On Tuesday the interment took place in the family burial ground in Killeshin. The remains were enclosed in a suite of lead-lined coffins, were brought into Carlow Church, where the first portion of the solemn burial service was read by the Very Rev. Dean Finlay and the Ven. Archdeacon Hatchell.

After the special Lesson, the Hymn "Lead Gently Light" was sung, and as the coffin was borne out of the church, the Dead March was played.

The chief mourners were Mr William Browne-Clayton, D.L., brother; Major Browne-Clayton, Mr D.R. Pack-Beresford, D.L., Mr Reynell Pack-Beresford and Mr Hugh Pack-Beresford, nephews.

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William Browne-Clayton 1835-1907.

[transcribed by Michael Purcell, April, 2013]

The Carlow Sentinel.

March 1907.

Death of Mr William Browne Clayton J.P., D.L.

With sincere regret, shared by the entire community, we record the death, after a brief illness, of Mr William Browne-Clayton, which occurred on Sunday last, at his residence, Browne's Hill, Carlow, in his 72nd year.

For some time past the deceased gentleman was not in robust health, but up to within a fortnight of his demise he discharged his various private and magisterial duties, when he was seized with an acute attack of influenza, which developed into heart trouble, to which he succumbed, despite the unremitting care of his medical adviser, Dr Kidd.

The sad event , which was unexpected, and cast a gloom over the locality, is intensified by the fact that little more than three weeks previously he was chief mourner at the funeral of his younger and only surviving brother, Mr Robert Clayton Browne, whose death was recorded in our issue of the 22nd February.

Mr Browne-Clayton was the eldest son of the late Mr Robert Clayton Brown of Browne's Hill, by Harriette- Agusta, third daughter of the late Hans Hamilton, for many years M.P. for County Dublin.

He was born 20th November, 1835, and was descended from the family of Browne, seated in Essex since 1422, a branch of which settled in Carlow about 1654.

He married on the 10th January, 1867, Caroline, daughter of the late Mr John Watson Barton, of Staplestown Park, Yorkshire, who with two surviving sons and nine daughters mourn the loss of a devoted husband and a fond father.

In all the other relations of life - as a resident and popular landed proprietor, an impartial magistrate, an efficient member of the several local public bodies, he won the esteem of all sections of the community.

As a churchman he took an active part in its reconstruction, and rendered valuable service as a member of the Diocesan Synod and Council, and was a liberal contributor to its funds, as well as a warm supporter of its various charities.

As a mark of respect to his memory as one of the oldest magistrates of the county and sympathy with his family in their bereavement, the Carlow Petty Sessions Court was adjourned on Monday.

He is succeeded by his eldest son, Major Browne-Clayton.

The Funeral.

The Funeral took place on Wednesday from Browne's Hill, and was attended by a large concourse, which included representatives of the principal county families and townspeople generally.

The remains were encased in a suite of lead-lined coffins, the outer one of polished oak, bearing the inscription "William Browne-Clayton, died 13th January 1907, aged 71 years." It was borne to and from the hearse by employees on the estate.

As a mournful procession passed through Carlow all the business houses along the route were closed as a testimony to the esteem in which the deceased gentleman was held.

The remains were brought into Carlow Church where the first portion of the solemn funeral service was performed by the Very Rev. Dean Finlay (representing the Right Rev Bishop of the Diocese, who was unable to attend owing to a previous important engagement), the Ven Archdeacon Hatchell, and the Rev A.A. Markham, of St Jude's, Liverpool, nephew of the deceased.

The service included the singing of the Hymn "Lead kindly Light", and as the coffin was borne into and from the church the Funeral March was played.

The procession then proceeded to the Killeshin Cemetery, where interment took place in a brick-lined grave, Dean Finlay conducting the grave-side service.

The following were the chief mourners :- Major Browne-Clayton (son), Mr T.H.B. Ruttledge, D.L.; Mr Pease, Colonel Johnston, Captain Hall, (sons-in-law), Mr D. R. Pack-Beresford, D.L.; Captain Pack-Beresford, Mr Reynell Pack-Beresford, Mr Hugh Pack-Beresford, Mr Philip Hope and Rev A.A. Markham (nephews).

Several beautiful wreaths were sent, and a massive floral cross, from the family of the deceased, which was interred with the coffin.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr Edwin Boake, Carlow.

The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.

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