|Activity||Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), physician, was born in London, the son of a mercer and of Anna Garraway, who, when his father died, married Sir Thomas Dutton and left Thomas in the care of guardians. He was educated at Winchester College and, from 1623, Broadgate Hall, Oxford, gaining a BA, 1626 and MA, 1629. Browne practiced medicine in Oxfordshire until accompanying his stepfather on a visitation of forts and castles in Ireland. He then travelled to France, Italy and Holland where he was created a doctor of medicine, c 1633.|
Browne then practised medicine in Halifax and, from 1637, in Norwich. In that year he was incorporated a doctor of medicine at Oxford. In 1641 he married Dorothy Mileham (d 1684) and they had ten children. During the Civil War his sympathies lay with the Royalists. In 1664 Browne was admitted to the College of Surgeons and in 1671 he was granted a knighthood by Charles II. His publications include: 'Religio Medici' (1642); 'Pseudodoxia Epidemica' (1646); 'Hydriotaphia. Urn Burial' (1658); 'The Garden of Cyrus' (1658).