John Brown at Osborne by Jabez Hughes (
John Brown was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and worked on the Balmoral Estate before it was leased to Victoria and Albert. In 1851 John Brown, at Albert’s suggestion, took on the role of leading Queen Victoria’s pony, later became the personal ghillie (shooting guide and gun-loader) for Prince Albert.
After Albert’s death in
The relationship became close enough to create gossip amongst the household and resentment from the other servants. Behind her
John Brown came to Osborne House firstly in 1864, and several times in later years, each time accompanying the Queen.
Brown died at Windsor in 1883. A distraught Victoria wrote
Many of the items such as letters and photographs were destroyed by her children but a seat in the grounds of Osborne and a small portrait in the house remains.
When the Queen died 18 years later she left instructions for several items to be in the coffin with her. A plaster cast of Albert’s hand and his dressing gown were at her side, in
John Brown in front of Osborne, 1866 (Wikipedia)
Young John Brown sketched by Victoria (Wikipedia)
In Highland dress (Wikipedia)
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