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Capability Brown

Capability BrownAKA Lancelot Brown

Born: 1716 [1]
Birthplace: Kirkharle, Northumberland, England
Died: 6-Feb-1783
Location of death: London, England
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, St. Peter and St. Paul Churchyard, Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Landscape Architect

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Britain's finest designer of gardens

Celebrated landscape architect and horticulturalist, who obtained the name of Capability Brown, it is said from his frequent use of that word in references to the sites submitted for his work. He carried ornamental gardening to high perfection. Brown was born at Kirkharle in Northumberland, in 1716. At an early period of his life he came to London, and was patronized by Lord Viscount Cobham, the celebrated friend and patron of Alexander Pope. It is generally understood that scooping out the beautiful Grecian Valley opposite the Temple of Concord at Stowe was among the first of his undertakings. But Richmond, Blenheim, Croome, Luton, Trentham, Redgrave, Wimbledon, Nuneham, etc. will for all ages stand memorials of his superior taste and abilities. He possessed a cultivated mind, and his society was courted by men of the highest distinction and genius. Brown was High Sheriff for Huntingdonshire in 1770, and died suddenly in 1783 on the streets of London, on return from a visit to the Earl of Coventry.


[1] Date of baptism, 30 August 1716.

Wife: Bridget Wayet (m. 22-Nov-1744, one daughter, three sons)
Daughter: Bridget
Son: Lancelot
Son: William
Son: John



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