John Brown (1826-1883), Gillie and personal servant of Queen Victoria
Sitter in 11 portraits
Scottish gillie; Queen Victoria's favourite servant. Brown's popularity with the Queen did not extend to the rest of her household and her family, who found his manners and his drinking habits offensive. Her affection reached its height when he defended her from an assassination attempt in 1872.
by George Washington Wilson
albumen print, 1857
by W. & D. Downey, published by A. Marion & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1868
Politics, Government and Diplomacy