Patrick Browne (c.1720–90), an Irish botanist and physician in the West
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.