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Transforming tradition in the British Atlantic
Patrick Browne (c.1720–90), an Irish botanist and physician in the West Indies
in Early Modern Ireland and the world of medicine
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This chapter provides a fascinating account of the life and career of the Co. Mayo-born Patrick Browne, author of The Civil and Natural History of Jamaica. It situates him in the overlapping transatlantic worlds of Irish Catholicism and British colonialism, detailing his French education, periods spent in Jamaica, Montserrat and Antigua, and his pursuit of medicine and botany. The chapter depicts an individual who adapted himself readily to a variety of settings in England, France, Irish-speaking Connacht and the West Indies. The importance of Browne’s writings as well as their circulation in print and manuscript are also explored.

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