John Brown (1826-1883)
Born on a farm in Scotland, John Brown became Queen Victoria's "personal attendant" - her most trusted friend and advisor after the death of Prince Albert in 1861. The public greatly resented their relationship, for Brown was a commoner and a servant, as well as a blunt critic of the Queen's entourage. The Queen showered Brown with gifts and honors, particularly after he saved her from a would-be assassin in 1872. According to her own orders, Victoria was buried with mementos of John Brown as well as Prince Albert, which horrified her family who despised Brown.
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