John Innes Brownlee South Africa Scotland

Biography of John Innes Brownlee

Dr John Innes Brownlee (far right) and family
Dr John Innes Brownlee (far right) and family

John Innes Brownlee graduated MB CM from the University in 1884. He was born at Lembani, South Africa, son of Sir Charles Pacalt Brownlee, chief magistrate, and known for being the first Secretary for Native Affairs in the Cape, and grandson of missionary Reverend John Brownlee, who is said to have been the founder of King William's Town.

Brownlee served as Captain in the Cape Medical Corps during the South African War from 1899 to 1900. He was mentioned in Despatches and received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of his services during the operations in South Africa.

During WWI Brownlee also served as Lieutenant Colonel in the South African Medical Corps, and received the Volunteer Decoration.


Other Online Resources

Printed Materials

  • Allan Lindsay and Arnold Brownlee, Ian Edward Brownlee (ed), The Brownlee Family, Katoomba, Australia: Brownlee Printing, 1986.

Archival Materials

  • R3/1/1 (vol 1)
  • University of Glasgow Archives Overseas Database


John Innes Brownlee
Born 20 April 1860.
Died 1943.
GU Degree: MB CM, 1884; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
University Link: Graduate
Occupation categories: military; surgeons
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 1)
English snippet: Medical graduate of the University of Glasgow in 1884
Record last updated: 5th Nov 2013

Country Associations

South Africa South Africa, Kokstad
Place of Birth

South Africa South Africa, King William's Town
Place of Death

Scotland Scotland

University Connections

University Roles