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Sir Thomas Browne (see here), born 1402,
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:
William died post-1580,
mar 2ndly, post-1580, to Capt. Thomas Spring and had issue.