BROUN, Sir William Windsor 13th Bt[1]

Male 1917 - 2007  (89 years)


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  • Name BROUN, William Windsor 
    Prefix Sir 
    Suffix 13th Bt 
    Born 11 Jul 1917  Coonamble, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Mar 2007  Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I829  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2008 

    Father BROUN, William Arthur,   b. 12 Oct 1876, Armidale NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1925, Waverley NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother MCINTIRE, Marie Victoria,   b. 1892, Paddington, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1964, North Sydney Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 1916  St Leonards, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F306  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family KING, Díhrie 
    Children 
    +1. BROUN, (Private)
    +2. BROUN, (Private)
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F529  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Obituary in the Sydney Morning Herald:
      Broun of Mosman and beyond

      March 29, 2007

      William Broun, 1917-2007

      SIR WILLIAM WINDSOR BROUN of Colstoun and Thorniedykes, Scotland, and, for that matter, of Mosman, was the 13th baronet of the ancient Broun family and could trace his line at least to the 12th century. The Scottish estates owned by the Brouns then are still owned by the family.

      There is some evidence that the ancestors can be traced back even further, to a Le Brun who attended the territorial disputes in the late ninth century between the invading Viking Rollo the Walker, so called because he was such a giant that no horse could be found strong enough to carry him, and King Charles III of France, sometimes known as Charles the Simple. Rollo became the first Duke of Normandy and sired William, to become the Conqueror in 1066.

      These ancient Brouns claimed that they were descended from the royal house of France. The Broun arms, registered with the Lord Lyon, has a lion rampant holding a gold French fleur-de-lis. The clan motto is "Floreat majestas", or "Let majesty flourish".

      Malcolm Broun, QC, the Sydney barrister, says the arms offer strong historical evidence that the Brouns are descended from the ancient French royal family.

      Sir William - "call me Bill" - who has died in Sydney at 89, wore a medal granted to his ancestors in 1685 by King James VII of Scotland (King James II of England). The king made the Brouns baronets of Nova Scotia, meaning of New Scotland rather than of Canada.

      The baronetcy passes to Sir William's nephew, Wayne Broun, who will become Sir Wayne Broun of Coulston and Thorniedykes and, for that matter, Warriewood, where he lives in Sydney. The new baronet - "Wayne will be OK" - is a film producer and distributor with his wife, Carli. She will become, on formal occasions, Caroline, the Lady Broun.

      William Windsor Broun was a fourth-generation Australian born in Coonamble to William Arthur Broun and his wife, Marie Victoria McIntyre. His father and grandfather raised sheep.

      A wonderful storyteller, Bill Broun loved telling his children and grandchildren how a huge snake had slid into his cot when he was a baby and swallowed a kitten that was sharing the cot. The kitten was big enough, however, to make it impossible for the snake to escape through the hole whence it had come. The snake was duly dispatched, along with the hapless kitten that might have saved young Bill's life. Older Bill had a soft spot for animals, as well as a kindness for the human variety.

      He attended North Sydney Boys High School, where he was sometimes caned like many boys faced with the discipline of the time. He had learned to toughen his hands with peppercorns.

      He studied accountancy and met D'Hrie King, a country girl from Bingara who was studying pharmacy at Sydney University. He went to World War II with the 13th Battalion of the AIF, serving in New Guinea and Borneo. Once, stranded on a boat, he attracted attention by fixing his underpants to a stick and waving them in the air. He became a lieutenant.

      After the war Broun worked as a chartered accountant, for many years as chief accountant of Universal Films International in Australia and then as general manager of Universal Films in India, Japan and finally the Far East.

      Perseverance was one of his catchwords. He had wooed D'Hrie for four years, beating three other young men for her hand. They brought forward their wedding in order to go to India together.

      Back in Australia in 1959, they settled in Mosman, in a home he called their "little jewel box" when he saw the harbour lights. His daughters, Sheree and Rani, remember a frugal upbringing, his frustrating reluctance sometimes to confront problems and a world they thought then to be stuffy.

      Now they remember his essential decency, his encouraging their education and his creating magical worlds with his stories. He also encouraged D'Hrie to run a pharmacy, which she still does at Balgowlah, at 83.

      Generally recognised as the chief of the Browns of Scotland, he was active in the Scottish Australian Heritage Council, Scottish associations with Poles, French and Indian societies, a guardian of the Celtic Standing Stones in Glen Innes, and of the Scotland Australia Cairn at Mosman, patron of the Canberra City Pipes and Drums and chieftain of the Bundanoon Highland Games.

      He was a freemason and had been a surf lifesaver. He had to wave an arm to be rescued from the surf off Port Macquarie only a few years ago, losing his pants again.

      Sir William is survived by D'Hrie, daughters, Sheree Veron and Rani Morrison, and seven grandchildren.

  • Sources 
    1. [S25] .

    2. [S33] JCP - Cbrou.


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