Lancelot, son of Lancelot and Bridget Brown, was baptised 269 years ago on 13th January 1748 at St Mary's, the church at Stowe in Buckinghamshire, the estate where his father was then employed. The new baby Lancelot joined his older sister Bridget in the family home in the Boycott Pavilion on the Stowe Estate.
The baptisms of three of the Brown's children are recorded in the church register for St Mary's, the Register of baptisms, marriages and burials, Stowe Parish Church 1568-1790. Bridget was baptised on October 11th 1746 and John on 23rd April 1751. Another child, William was born and died in 1750. The book also records the marriage of Brown to Bridget Wayet in the church in 1744, by special licence, which was considered fashionable at the time. The Register is now held by the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies who have kindly allowed us to reproduce some of the images here.
Young Lancelot went on to be an MP and John became an Admiral in the Navy. They are both commemorated on the same family memorial as their parents in the church of St Peter and St Paul in Fenstanton, in Cambridgeshire. Eldest daughter Bridget married Henry Holland Junior, one of Brown's business partners. Brown died at the Holland's home on Hertford Street in Mayfair, London on 6th February1783.
Photo credits: ©Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies; PR201/1/1.