Peter Browne was born in County Dublin, and died in County Cork on 25 August 1735. He entered Trinity College, Dublin on 16 June 1682. Among his Trinity contemporaries was Jonathan Swift, who described Browne as ‘the most speculative writer of his age’. Certainly, Browne's academic progress could hardly have been more satisfactory. Having received his BA in 1686 and his MA in 1691, he was elected a Fellow in 1692. In 1699 he gained the highest position in the College, that of Provost, and also became a Doctor of Divinity. A year earlier he was also appointed rector of St Michan's, Dublin.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.