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Tom Bousquet Browne

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Institution of Automobile Engineers President 1912-13.

Tom Bousquet Browne (1873-1965) O.B.E., M.I.Mech.E., M.I.A.E. of James and Browne.

1873 Born the son of Thomas Brooks Browne[1] and his wife Marion Bousquet[2] and brother of Claude M. Browne

King's Coll., London; pupil and afterwards Aldershot Branch Manager, New & Mayne, Ltd..

1896 Became a partner in James and Browne where he was involved in making a flying machine and a steam car.

1897 April 21st. Married at Holywell, Flintshire to Mabel Lloyd-Price

1897-1912 Elect. Mech. and Auto. Engrs.; Managing Director, James & Browne, Ltd., Motor Car Manufacturers.

1898 Dissolution of the Partnership between Tom Bousquet Browne and John Melville James carrying on business as Manufacturing and Contracting Engineers at 39 Victoria-street Westminster under the style or firm of James and Browne as from the 16th day of May 1898. The business was carried on by Tom Bousquet Browne in partnership with Francis Leigh Martineau under the same style of James and Browne.[3].

1900 'Two hundred miles through the snow' article.[4]

1902 Partnership dissolved; Browne became managing director of James and Browne, motor manufacturers of Hammersmith. Took out patents on the car.

1904 BROWNE, T. B., 10, Barkston Gardens, London, S.W. Cars: 9-h.p. and 18-h.p. James and Browne cars. Hobbies: Engineering, physics. Gained the second prize and silver medal in the 1,000 miles' trial (amateurs' section, 1902). Club: A.C.G.B. & I. (Club committee). [5]

1907 Associate member of I Mech E

1911 Living at 10 Barkston Gardens, Earls Court, London: Tom Bousquet Browne (age 37 born Stamford Hill, London), Consulting Engineer - Automobiles - Employer. With his wife Mabel Browne (age 37 born Holywell, Flintshire) and their two sons Thomas Basil Browne (age 13 born South Kensington) and Ronald Bonsquet Browne (age 10 born South Kensington). Five servants.[6]

1912 October. President of the Institution of Automobile Engineers. Technical article in Internal Combustion Engineering

1914-1920 R.A.S.C.

In France from 1915-18 (Despatches).

1921 Transport Adviser Defence Force.

Transport Adviser, Impl. War Graves Comm. since 1921. Designer and Constructor of early Automobiles 1897-1912.

1926 Chief Transport Engr., Hyde Park, during Strike.

1939 Now Vice-Chairman, The Royal Automobile Club, and a member of 19th Century Motorists Circle; one of the pioneers of Automobilism. Consulting Automobile Engr. Address: 16 Eresby House, Rutland Gate, S.W.7. Age: 65.

1903 Bio Note [7]

BROWNE, T. B.- Born in 1873, Mr. T. B. Browne was educated at University College School and King's College, London. He is by profession an engineer, his principal pursuits and amusements being engineering and motoring. He joined the Club in its early days, and was one of the guarantors and is also a member of the Club Committee, having also served on the Technical and Legislative Committees. Mr. T. B. Browne has been a keen automobilist since the first Brighton Run, at which time he owned a Bolland car, since then having had in succession a Peugeot, two Panhards, and several "James and Browne" cars. Of the latter firm he is managing director, his practical and extended experience of automobilism being largely responsible for the design of the car made by this firm. He drove a 6 h.p. Panhard through the 1000 miles Trial of 1900.

1966 Obituary [8]

"Lt-Col. T. B. Brown, OBE (Member) died in December 1965. Old members of the IAE will remember he was its President in 1912-13."

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. founder of the advertising agency T. B. Browne
  2. Marriage Records
  3. London Gazette, 27 May 1898
  4. Autocar 1900/01/13
  5. Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1904
  6. 1911 Census
  7. 1903/02/26 Automobile Club Journal
  8. 1966 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  • Mechanical engineer records