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Robert Horne (1510s – 1579[2]) was an English churchman, and a leading reforming Protestant. One of the Marian exiles,[3] he was subsequently bishop of Winchester from 1560 to 1580.[4]

The Right Reverend

Robert Horne
Bishop of Winchester
Robert Horne, Bishop of Winchester.jpg
Engraving of Robert Horne in 1576
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Winchester
Term ended1579 (death) [1]
PredecessorJohn White
SuccessorJohn Watson
Personal details
Bornc 1510
Guildford, County Surrey
Occupationpreviously Dean of Durham
Alma materSt John's College, Cambridge

He was a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge in 1537.[5][6] He was Dean of Durham 1551 to 1553, and again 1559 to 1560.[7] During his time as Dean he was responsible for removing ornamentation from Durham Cathedral.[8] He was somewhat isolated.

In exile, he was at Zurich, Frankfurt and Strasburg.[6] He wrote additional material for a book of homilies by Jean Calvin (1553).[10]

With Thomas Beccon, John Jewel and Edwin Sandys, he was one of the commissioners of 1559, enforcing the Injunctions of Elizabeth I of England from July of that year.[11]

In controversy with John Feckenham, he wrote in 1566 on the issues of medieval church and state relations. He was then attacked by Thomas Stapleton, for his reliance on the history of the Papacy to be found in Bartolomeo Platina.[12]

He was one of the Bishops' Bible translators (1568), responsible for the Book of Isaiah, Book of Jeremiah, and Book of Lamentations.[6]


  1. ^ "Bishops of Winchester". Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  2. ^ Ralph Houlbrooke, ‘Horne, Robert (1513x15–1579)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008
  3. ^ John Foxe's Book of Martyrs Archived 2007-05-17 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Bishops of Winchester Cathedral
  5. ^ "Horne, Robert (HN536R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  6. ^ a b c Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  7. ^ Bishops, Priors and Deans of Durham
  8. ^ Durham Cathedral
  9. ^ David Loades, Durham, the Reformation and the Prayer Book, PDF, p. 7.
  10. ^ 1973 facsimile reprint, Certaine homilies: With an apologie of Robert Horne, ISBN 90-221-0576-8, ISBN 978-90-221-0576-4.
  11. ^ Eamon Duffy, The Stripping of the Altars (1992), pp. 568-9.
  12. ^ John Foxe's Book of Martyrs
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John White
Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
John Watson