From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Browne, George, Count de, an Irish soldier of fortune, born 15th June 1698. He distinguished himself in the Russian service, against the Poles, French, and Turks. His life was one of constant adventure, and he was thrice taken prisoner and sold as a slave. Appointed Field-Marshal under Peter III., the government of Livonia was committed to him. At the end of thirty years he was anxious to retire from public duties; but the Empress Catherine would not consent to lose his services. He died in 1792, aged about 94.Sources
39. Biographical Dictionary, Imperial: Edited by John F. Waller. 3 vols. London, N.D.
41. Biographical Treasury: Samuel Maunder, London, 1870. 41a
Truelove's Journal: A Bookshop Novella
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Although ostensibly set in England, this story was penned by an Irish bookseller under the pseudonym of Ralph St John Featherstonehaugh.
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