Horsmonden made gun at the Donskoy Monastery, Moscow, Russia
John Browne gun displayed outside the Donskoy Monastery in Moscow brought to our attention by Nico Brinck. Donskoy Monastery is a major monastery in Moscow, founded in 1591 in commemoration of Moscow’s deliverance from the threat of an invasion by the Crimean Khan Kazy-Girey. Commanding a highway to the Crimea, the monastery was intended to defend southern approaches to the Moscow Kremlin.
Description by Nico Brinck
Pictures from a friend, who worked in Moscow for a time and saw these pieces there. The almost ‘new’ gun has the initials of John Browne, the Royal Gunfounder of England 1618-1651. The small rusty one looks like a Swedish gun cast in Ehrendal Bruk about 1800.
Founder: John Browne
Cast: About 1630-40
Material: Cast iron
Weight: approx. 30 cwt
Measurements: Length 8.5′
Distinctive markings: I B for John Browne.
Current location: Donskoy Monastery, Moscow, Russia
Photos: Nico Brinck