Robert Browne was born in Charleville, Co. Cork to Robert Browne and Margaret Mullins. He was educated at St. Colman's College, Fermoy in Cork before he pursued clerical studies at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth. Browne was ordained on 18 May 1869 for Cloyne Diocese where he ministered and worked in St. Colman's College in 1870. Rev. Browne returned to Maynooth College in 1874 and become Dean in 1875, vice-President in 1883 and President in 1885 a position he held until he was appointed Bishop of Cloyne.
During Dr. Browne's tenure as president of Maynooth many developments were undertaken such as the completion of the college chapel and exhibition hall. He also served as editor of the "Irish Ecclesiastical Record" until his appointment as Bishop.
During Bishop Browne's long tenure in Cloyne many developments were completed such as completion of the building of St. Colman's Cathedral in Cobh.
His nephew was the Jesuit priest and noted photographer of the Titanic and First World War Francis Browne SJ, whom, since his parents died when he was quite young, Bishop Browne raised and supported, purchasing his first camera and giving him a present of tickets to travel from Southampton to Queenstown(Cobh).
Bishop Browne died on 23 May 1935.
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- Bishop Robert Browne Catholic Hierarchy[self-published source]
- Bishop Robert Browne Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine The Friends of St. Colman's Cathedral online.
- Father Brownes Finest Pictures