Royal Servant. Born at Crathie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He served as a stable-boy on the Balmoral estate in Deeside in 1842 before it was acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as their retreat. Brown was first mentioned in the Queen's journal in 1849. In 1858, he became Prince Albert's personal attendant. Three years after Albert's death in 1861, Brown was sent south to the Queen's residence at Osborne House with her favorite Highland pony in order to tempt her into normal activity once again. The Queen came to rely on Brown's companionship, and he became her closest and most influential attendant, accumulating power and perquisites despite behavior she would have tolerated in no one else, including heavy drinking, smoking, and the use of crude language in her presence. Brown's position and influence naturally engendered envy and spite resulting in rumors as to the intimacy of his relationship with the Queen, such tales were unsupported by any evidence. He died at Windsor Castle at the age of 56 and was buried at the Crathie cemetery in Scotland. He was praised by the queen as her best and truest friend. She had a statue erected to his memory at Balmoral and a memorial fountain installed at Frogmore Gardens.
Bio by: Iola