Broughs of India

Between 1858 and 1947, Britain ruled India. During this time, a number of "Brough" individuals and families left Great Britain to work and live in India.

One of the best-known Brough's who worked and lived in India was Anthony Watson Brough (1861-1936), who served as a Christian Missionary to the sub-continent between 1894 and 1933. Below is a list showing Anthony's direct Brough ancestry and two of his descendants.

Ancestors and Descendants of Anthony Watson Brough (1861-1936)

Thomas Brough, b.abt.1619, Kirk Ella, Yorkshire, England.

Antonius Brough, chr.1657, Kirk Ella, Yorkshire, England, married Maria abt.1681.

Robert Brough, chr.1692, Hessle By Hull, Yorkshire, England; married Jane abt.1722.

Anthony Brough, chr.1723, Hessle By Hull, Yorkshire, England; married Mary Watson in 1758.

Anthony Brough, chr.1769, Hessle By Hull, Yorkshire, England; married Elizabeth abt.1799.

Anthony Brough, b.abt.1802, of London, England; married Catherine Preston in 1834.

Anthony Brough, chr.1836, Minories, London, England; married Emma Law in 1857.

Anthony Watson Brough, b.1861, Leytonstone, Essex, England; married Rosetta Jane Jolly in 1885.

Charles Anthony Brough, b.1889, West Maitland, Australia; married Muriel Rosie Heighway in 1915.

Paul Heighway Anthony Brough, b.1918, Sydney, Australia; married Lorna Alice Roberts in 1944.

Brief History of Anthony Watson Brough (1861-1936)

Anthony Watson Brough was born in 1861 in Leytonstone, Essex, England, as the son of Anthony Brough and Emma Law.

In 1885, Anthony married Rosetta Jane Jolly (1855-1928) in Sydney, Australia, and they had three children who were born in Australia: Emma Mary Brough (b.188); Charles Anthony Brough (1889-1933); and Herbert William Brough (1892-1917--and who died in France in World War I).

Between 1894 and 1933, Anthony worked for the London Christian Missionary Society in India, where as a Reverend he helped establish 94 schools, 20 churches and two hospitals.

Between 1927 and 1933, Anthony built a beautiful Christian church in Erode, India (known as “Brough Church” in his memory) and Gosh (CSI) Hospital located on Brough Road in Erode.

Anthony's wife, Rosetta, died in 1928 in Erode, India. In 1935, Anthony married Jessie Winifred Inglis in Erode. In 1936, Anthony died in Norton, Somerset, England; and was buried in the Canford Cemetery on Canford Lane in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, England.

Additional information about Anthony Watson Brough can be found on the following websites:

Australian Museum Returns Rare Artifacts [collected by A.W. Brough], February 23, 2000

Erode Museum to Host Exhibition on A. W. Brough, November 19, 2009

Report on the Suggested Restoration of...Brough Church [in] Erode, April 20, 2012