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Rev William Horne
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Birth: Sep. 19, 1778
Stirling, Scotland
Death: Dec. 17, 1848
Delaware County
Indiana, USA

--The following information is courtesy of Susan Greene--


"1793 -- Gulielmus Horn, fil: 4 tus. Joannis, Artifis in par. de Falkirk et Com De Stirling" which translated is "William Horne, 4th son to John Horne craftsman, in the parish of Falkirk, and County of Stirling." It appears he attended Glasgow University for four years, 1793-1797.

"Falkirk, 6th June 1797 -- Appoint an intrim meeting at Stirling on Monday the 19th curt. At 6 p.m. for examining (among others) Mr. William Horne, from Falkirk, with a view to his being admitted to the study of Divinity."

"Stirling, 19th June 1797 -- Mr Belfrage, minister of Falkirk Burgher Church, reported that Mr. Horne, a young man in the bounds of his congregation, to be examined with a view to being admitted to the study of Divinity; that he had finished his course at the College, in which he had spent four years."

The Presbytery spent some time in examining this young man upon the language and philosophy, and being satisfied with the speciman had of his proficiency, agreed to recommend him to the Professor to be taken under his inspection as a studen of Divinity; and ordered the Clerk to furnish him with a certificate in the usual form."

"Falkirk, 3rd June 1800 - Mr. Horne, student of Divinity was examined as to the progress he had made since last season. The Presbytery were well satisfied with hisanswers, and some suitable advice was given him by the Moderator as to the regulation of his studies and conduct."

"Falkirk, 4th November 1800 - Read a letter from the Profesor attesting the good behaviour and regular attendance of Mr. Horne, a student of Divinity under his inspection during the last session. Appoint Mr. Horne to have the discourse formerly prescribed him in readiness to be delivered at next meeting in this place and agreed that he then be examined as to the progress in the knowledge of Divinity."

"Falkirk, 30 October, 1801 - The Synod at last meeting having allowed the petition to take Mr. Horne on Trials for license, some time was spent in examining him as to his knowledge of solemnized and spiritual divinity. The Presbytery were satisfied, and agreed that he be entered upon Trials."

"Falkirk, 9th February 1802 - Appoint Mr. Horne to preach at Braehead on the 1st and 2nd; Falkirk 3rd; and Bathgate on the 4th Sabbaths of May."

"Stirling, Backrow Session House, 6th April, 1802 - Appoint Mr. Horne to preach at Dunfirmline upon the 3rd Sabbath of April; Falkirk on the 4th Sabbath; Braehead on the 2nd and 3rd Sabbath of May; Bathgate on the 4th and 5th Sabbath in May."

"Denny, 21st May 1802 - Appointed Mr. Horne to preach at Dunblane upon 1st Sabbath; Linlithgow 2nd Sabbath; and Bo'ness the 3rd Sabbath in June. Read a petition from Braehead for supply of sermon, and expediating Mr. Horne's settlement among them."

"Dunblane, 26th July 1802 - Mr. Horne having delivered the Lecture formerly prescribed him, it was unanimously sustained as part of his trials for ordination. The call from Braehead was put in his hands, which he accepted in obedience to the Presbytery, and in token of his taking it into serious consideration."

"Stirling, 25th August 1802 - Mr. Horne having delivered the popular sermon formerly prescribed him, it was unanimously sustained as part of his trials for ordination. He further gave an account of the History of the Church of Scotland from assension of James the Sixth to the Crown of England until the Revolution; explained part of the 17th Psalm; and part of the Greek Testament; and answered questions upon practical divinity, all of which were also suustained as part of his trial for ordination. Thereupo9n the Presbytery unanimously agreed that Mr. Horne's edict be moved on Sabbbath next by the Rev. Mr. Brown, who ishereby appointed to preach at Braehead on that day. Mr. Horne supplies his charge."

"Braehead Church, Stipend of L70 per annum, with free house, and Gleb (?) of about 6 acres."


1st Minister --- William Horne, from Falkirk, (afterwards Erskine Church). Ordained 21(st) September 1802, and laboured in Braehead for thirty years. But by that time the members of the congregation residing in Carnwath Village, were tired of the long journey to Braehead on the Sabbath, and erected a church in Carnwath. Their wish was to have this made the centre of the congregation, a proposal to which the people in the upland division would not agree. The Presbytery suggested to have unity preserved by keeping both Braehead and Carnwath under Mr. Horne's ministry. On the16th October 1832, a petition by two Elders and 41 members to be disjoined from Braehead along with their minister, and formed a congregation at Carnwath, was granted by the Presbytery.

Disputes about money matters gave trouble for some time, but worse still, Mr. Horne in a few months found his situation in Carnwath so discouraging that he demitted his charge.

Commissioners from the congregation appeared at the next meeting, but confessed their inability to remove the cause of his resignation, and he on his part, though his attachment to his people was unchanged, and had firmly resolved to emigrate, as he knew it was beyond their power to afford him adequate support.

Thus amid mutual regrets the connection was dissolved, and Mr. Horne sailed for Canada.

Next year he settled in Caledonia, Indiana, where he remained until October, 1848.

According to his obituary, William Horne was residing in the home of his son in Yorktown, Indiana when his death occurred. 
Family links: 
  Mary Somerville Horne (1779 - 1850)
  Samuel Somervell Horne (1807 - 1874)*
  John M Horne (1814 - 1888)*
*Calculated relationship
Yorktown Cemetery
Delaware County
Indiana, USA
Maintained by: Chris Horne
Originally Created by: Glenda Barry
Record added: Apr 19, 2011
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Rev William Horne
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- Carol J
 Added: Jun. 10, 2014
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- Chris Horne
 Added: Nov. 30, 2012
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