Browne, William a minister of the Society of Friends in Great Britain, was born near Crediton, in Devonshire, in 1796. Through the influence of an older sister, who was a Wesleyan, he was led to Christ, and united with the Friends in 1823. He enjoyed the advantages of a liberal education, and during the years of his active business life was always a leader in the temperance and educational interests of the community. In 1827 he relinquished his business occupation, and opened a school, which was unsuccessful. He died in Torquay, August 8, 1880. He never travelled as a minister, but exercised his gifts among the people with whom he happened to be living. His preaching was "usually clear and weighty in its character." See (Lond.) Annual Monitor, 1881, page 4.