┆George Horne (1730–1792) was President of Magdalen 1768–91. He was the son of the Rev Samuel Horne, Rector of Otham, Kent. He was educated at Maidstone School and he matriculated from University College in 1746, aged 15. Horne received his B.A. in 1749 from University College and was elected to a Kentish fellowship at Magdalen in 1750. He graduated MA in 1752, and was ordained by the bishop of Oxford in 1753.Upon completion of his studies Horne pursued an academic career in the university. He was junior proctor in 1758, was awarded the DD in 1764, and was named Vice-Chancellor of the University in 1776. He was elected president of Magdalen College in 1768 and maintained the position until 1791. He was chaplain-in-ordinary to George III from 1771-1781. Horne was awarded the deanery of Canterbury in September 1781, but retained the presidency of Magdalen after his appointment to the deanery. In February 1790, he was made Bishop of Norwich despite ill health and resigned the presidency of Magdalen in the spring of 1791. Horne was one of the most prominent Tory theologians of his day and a noted Hutchinsonian. He died at Bath on 17 Jan 1792 and was buried at Eltham, Kent, in the family vault of the Burtons, his wife's family. He is best known for his Commentary on the Psalms (London, 1771).
He married Felicia Elizabetha, daughter of Philip Burton of Eltham, Kent, and Hatton Gardens, on 26 June 1768. They had three daughters, Felicia Elizabetha (d 1837), Maria (who never married) and Sarah (also known as Sally) (1777-1843). Mrs Horne died in 1824, having spent the last years of her life at Uxbridge, with her daughter Maria. Mrs Horne was also a compiler of devotional meditations, although few were ever published. Their eldest daughter Felicia married the Rev Robert Hele Selby (d 1839) on 18 May 1791 and they had several children. Their youngest daughter Sarah was educated at Hannah More's school in Bristol and Sarah remained a friend of the More sisters for many years. She married the Rev Humphrey Aram Hold (vicar of Okehampton, Devon, d 1814) in the 1790s and they had two children.
See Macray, Register at Magdalen College, v. pp 85-97; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Catalogued by Tracy Wilkinson in December 2004, and amended by Charlotte Berry, November 2019, with biographical information from the Archives Hub, Cambridge University Library.
Other papers relating to the Horne family and their youngest daughter Sarah Horne (later Hole) are held at Cambridge University Library (MS. Add. 8134). A fascimile of Sarah Hole's diary is also available at Magdalen College Archive - see MS 1028 which was presented to the College by Sir Robert Arundell (the whereabouts of the original are currently unknown - please contact the Archivist if you have information on this).