John Brown, an American officer, born at Sandisfield, Berkshire co., Mass., Oct. 19, 1744, died Oct. 19, 1780. He graduated at Yale college in 1771, and officiated as king's attorney at Caughnawaga, N. Y. In 1775 he went into Canada, disguised as a horse trader, to excite the people to unite with the other colonies in the revolution. He was with Ethan Allen at the capture of Ticonderoga, and on Sept. 24 following took Fort Chambly. He was also at Quebec when Montgomery fell. In 1776 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel, and during the next year was conspicuous on the shores of Lake George. He was killed by the Indians while marching to rescue Schuyler in the Mohawk valley campaign.
John Brown, a Scottish divine, born near Whitburn, Linlithgowshire, July 12, 1784, died Oct. 13, 1858. He was ordained pastor of the Burgher congregation at Biggar in 1806. In 1821 he removed to Edinburgh, and was chosen professor of divinity in 1834. As a preacher he was among the first of his time. His principal works are: " The Law of Christ respecting Civil Obedience, especially in the Payment of Tribute; " "The Resurrection of Life;" and "Expository Discourses on the Epistles of Peter, on the Epistle to the Gala-tians, and on the Epistle to the Romans".
John Brown, a Scottish author, son of the preceding, born in Biggar, Lanarkshire, in September, 1810. He was educated at the high school and the university of Edinburgh, where he received tlje degree of M. D. His literary reputation rests on a series of papers contributed to the "North British Review" and other periodicals, many of which, on professional and other subjects, have been republished under the title of " Horse Subsecivae " (2 vols.). Among the most popular of these are several relating to the character and habits of the dog, an animal held by him in peculiar esteem. That entitled " Rab and his Friends " has been frequently published in separate form, and is perhaps the best known and most popular of his writings.