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A common surname.

Capability Brown the name given to the English landscape gardener Lancelot Brown (1716–83). He evolved an English style of natural-looking landscape parks, as at Blenheim and Chatsworth.

Father Brown in the stories of G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936), a Roman Catholic priest who is also an amateur detective, and who solves crimes through apparent paradoxes and inspired common sense.

John Brown (1800–59), an American abolitionist. In 1859 he was executed after raiding a government arsenal at Harpers Ferry in Virginia, intending to arm black slaves and start a revolt. He became a hero of the abolitionists in the Civil War.

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