James Browne (Indian Army officer)

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Sir James Browne
James Browne.jpg
Born16 September 1839
Died13 June 1896
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch British Indian Army
RankMajor General
Battles/warsAmbela Campaign
Second Anglo-Afghan War
Anglo-Egyptian War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Star of India
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Major-General Sir James Browne KCSI CB (16 September 1839 – 13 June 1896), known as "Buster Browne", was a British military engineer and administrator in British India.


Browne was the son of Robert Browne of Falkirk, Scotland, he entered the East India Company's Military College at Addiscombe in February 1856, and received a commission in the Bengal Engineers on 11 December 1857.

He served in the expedition against the Mahsud Waziris in 1860, being mentioned in despatches, and in 1863 in the Ambela Campaign, when he was three times mentioned. In January 1875 he became superintendent of works for the building of the Indus bridge. In 1877 he was promoted lieutenant-colonel, and in 1878–1879 accompanied Sir Donald Stewart as political officer during the Second Anglo-Afghan War, he took part in several engagements, was mentioned in despatches, and received the CB.

In 1881 he became colonel, and in 1882 commanded the Indian engineer contingent sent to Egypt, being present at the Battle of Tel el-Kebir during the Anglo-Egyptian War. For his services in Egypt he received the 3rd class of the Osmariieh Order and the Khedives Star.

In 1884 he was appointed engineer-in-chief of the Sindh-Pishin railway. In 1888 he was made a KCSI and in 1889 quartermaster-general for India. In 1892 he was appointed agent to the governor-general in Baluchistan, in succession to Sir Robert Groves Sandeman, his intimate experience of the Baluchis, gained during his railway work, having specially fitted him for this post.

Personal life[edit]

In 1864 Browne married Alice Pierson, daughter of Charles Pierson and sister of Major William Henry Pierson.[1]


Browne died suddenly on 13 June 1896 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, Kensington and Chelsea, London.


  1. ^ Vibart 1894, p. 643.


  • Innes, Lieut.-General James John McLeod (1905). The Life and Times of General Sir James Browne, R.E., K.C.B., K.C.S.I. (Buster Browne). London: John Murray.
  • Vibart, H.M. (1894). Addiscombe: its heroes and men of note. Westminster: Archibald Constable. pp. 637–43.