A memorial to Sir Anthony Browne (d.1548) and first wife Alice (Gage) d.1540. He was the first lay owner of Battle Abbey. The total acreage of his lands in Sussex has been estimated at 11,000 acres.
Sir Anthony is dressed in armour, coloured and gilded, and Dame Alice is finely dressed in a red gown and head-dress, wearing a necklace.
Alice was the daughter of Sir John Gage, an English courtier of the Tudor period (the Greengage fruit was named after one of his family).
They had issue 5 boys and 3 girls.
His second wife was Elizabeth Fitzgerald (from Ireland)and she married Edward Fiennes, First Earl of Lincoln in 1552, after Sir Anthony's death.
Sir Anthony was close to King Henry VIII, and was involved in questioning Catherine Howard's lovers, Dereham and Culpeper.
In his will, made on 22 Apr 1547, he directed the saying of masses and dirges by the priests of Battle church. He directed that he should be buried in the same tomb as his first wife and the funeral procession began in London and passed through East Grinstead and Dallington to Battle. Browne's eldest son, Anthony, was still under age at his father's death. Of his other children, Mary married the Marquis of Dorset's younger son John, Mabel married Gerald Fitzgerald, 11th Earl of Kildare, and Lucy married Thomas Roper. Browne's widow, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, married Edward, 9th Lord Clinton, later 1st Earl of Lincoln.
Like many tombs of this period, the hands have been removed, probably by Cromwell's soldiers in 17th C.
"Here lieth the Knight Honorable Sir Anthony Browne, Knyght of the Garter, Master of the kyngs majestes horcys and one of the honorable privy councel of our most drad Sovereygn Lord and victorious prince King Herny the Eyght and dame Alis his wife whiche Alis decesid the 31 day of Marche AD 1520 and the sayd Sir Anthony decesid 6 day of May AD 1528 on whois sowls and all Cristen I.H.V have mercy. Amen"
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