County of Horne

Horne (also Horn, Hoorn or Hoorne) is a small historic county of the Holy Roman Empire in the present day Netherlands and Belgium. It takes its name from the village Horn, west of Roermond. The residence of the counts of Horne was moved from Horn to Weert in the 15th century.

County of Horne
Graofsjap Häör  (Limburgish)
Graafschap Horn  (Dutch)
Coat of arms of Horne
Coat of arms
Lordship of Horne (1350)
Lordship of Horne (1350)
Common languagesLimburgish (Dutch)
Roman Catholicism
GovernmentFeudal County
Historical eraMiddle Ages
• Established
• Concordat
10 September 1801
Succeeded by
The County of Horn in the 18th century
Map showing the Imperial Abbey of Thorn, the County of Horne and the barony of Kessenich
Castle Horn

After the execution in 1568 of Philip de Montmorency who died without male heirs, the Prince-Bishop of Liège, as suzerain of Horne, was declared the direct lord and new count. The bishops ruled the county in personal union. Horne maintained its own laws and customs as well as its financial autonomy. The county included the communes of Neer, Nunhem, Haelen, Buggenum, Roggel, Heythuysen, Horne, Beegden, Geystingen and Ophoven.[1]

It was suppressed in 1795, when it was occupied by the French, and it became part of the French département Meuse-Inférieure.

Rulers of HorneEdit

Lords of HorneEdit

Counts of HorneEdit

  • Jacob I., † 1488,
  • Jacob II., † 1530,
  • Jacob III., X 1531,
  • John, † 1540
  • Philippe de Montmorency
  • The prince-bishops of Liège, 1568-1795


  1. ^ Bulletin de la Commission centrale de statistique, Brussels, 1857, vol. 7, p. 136.