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There are descents from two families here, Browne of Betchworth Castle, Surrey and Browne of Awney, Co.Limerick.
As far as is known, the two families are not related.
And neither family, as far as is known, is related to Browne, Viscount Kenmare.

Browne of Betchworth Castle, Surrey

Sir Thomas Browne (see here), born 1402,
mar c.1437 to Alianor Arundel [descendant of Edward I],
lived at Betchworth Castle, Surrey,
executed for treason on 20 July 1460,
had issue:

  1. Sir Anthony Browne (see here and here),
    born 1443, Betchworth Castle, Surrey,
    mar 2ndly, 1499, to Lucy Neville [descendant of Edward III],
    he died 1506 at Calais,
    she died 1534, apparently buried with first husband in Yorkshire,
    had issue by 2nd wife:

    1. Elizabeth Browne, mar pre-1527 to Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester and had issue.

    2. Sir Anthony Browne, born post-1499.

  2. Katherine Browne, mar Humphrey Sackville and had issue.

Betchworth Castle, Surrey.
Photo 2007. See full size. From here.

Browne of Awney, Co.Limerick

Ulick Brown,
of Camus and Knockmunihy, Co.Limerick,
mar Margery Madden,
had issue:

John Browne, or Brown,
of Awney, Co.Limerick.
"Awney" (or Any, Anye) is the old name for the area of Knockainy and Hospital, E Co.Limerick (see map and map).
He was an ally of the rebel 14th Earl of Desmond.
He was "Master of Awney" as at 1568, when the imprisoned Earl of Desmond wrote to him.
He mar Catharine O'Ryan [or Katherine, dau of Dermod O'Ryan, or Dermot, of Sullaghode, Co.Tipperary].
He was killed 1580 by Sir Thomas Norris.
A letter of 17 Aug 1580 describes him as the "wisest of all Desmond's councillors".
John and Catharine had issue:

  1. Annabel Browne [or Annabella],
    mar 1stly to Capt. William Apsley [of Limerick] and had issue:

    1. Joan Apsley, born 1578,
      mar 1595 to Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork.

    William died post-1580,
    mar 2ndly, post-1580, to Capt. Thomas Spring and had issue.

BROWNE on p.41 of [Smith, 1756].

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