Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Horne, Robert (1565-1640)

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HORNE, ROBERT (1565–1640), divine, was probably the Robert Horne ‘pleb. fil.’ of Newcastle who matriculated, aged 16, 25 Feb. 1581, at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, and graduated B.A. 7 Feb. 1584, and M.A. 6 July 1587 (Oxf. Univ. Reg., Oxf. Hist. Soc., ii. ii. 95, iii. 119). From 1585 to 1595 the same Horne was chaplain of Magdalen College (Bloxam, Register of Magdalen, ii. 129). By 1613 the divine was settled at Ludlow, where he preached, and whence he dates his books. His will is dated in 1640, and he bequeathed a rent-charge of 10l. to the rector of Ludlow parish church.

Horne published:

  1. ‘God's gentle Remembrancer this last summer, anno 1613, or an Exposition on part of the Parable of the Lost Son,’ London, 1614, 8vo, dedicated to Richard Atkyns of Tuppe Leigh, Gloucestershire. A reference is made in the preface to Prince Henry's death and the plague.
  2. ‘Points of Instruction for the Ignorant, as also an Exposition on the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer by questions and answers,’ 2nd edition, much enlarged, 1617 (Bodleian Library).
  3. ‘Certaine Sermons of the Rich Man and Lazarus,’ London, 1619, 4to, dedicated to Sir Thomas Chamberlain, chief justice of his majesty's council in the marches of Wales (British Museum and Bodleian Library).
  4. ‘The Shield of the Righteous, or the Ninety-first Psalme,’ London, 1625, 4to.
  5. ‘The History of the Woman of great Faith … treatised and expounded,’ London, 1632, 12mo.

The two last are in the British Museum, and the author's name is spelt Horn. In the Rawlinson MSS. (B. art. 151, Bodleian Library) is an unpublished collection of historical manuscripts belonging to Horne, relating to the reigns of James I and Charles I between 1618 and 1626, and transcribed by him at Clunbury, Ludlow, and Westthorpe in Shropshire. It contains copies of letters from Raleigh, Bacon, Sir Philip Sidney, besides proceedings in parliament from 1610 to 1626, and letters about the Spanish match.

[Wood's Fasti, ed. Bliss, i. 180; History of Ludlow, 1822, p. 155.]

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