Sir John Horner 34
- Born: 1520, Yorkshire
- Marriage: Unknown
- Died: 24 September 1587 aged 67
Married to Elizabeth.
Sir John "Jack" Horner, b 1520 in Yorkshire County, England, is
supposed to be the celebrated personage in the literature of the
Nursery rhyme. The full history of his "witty tricks and pleasant
pranks" is given in Halliwell's Rhymes of England. The popular story
is that at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries (1536-1539),
the Abbot of Glastonbury sent his steward, John Horner, to Henry VIII
with the deeds of Mells Manor concealed in a pie. As Jack Horner
traveled up to the town in the Abbot's wagon, he lifted the crust of
the pie and stole the gift of the manor. When John returned he told
the Abbot that the King had given him the gift. He was later found or
suspected to have imposed upon the King. (Notes
and Queries, LVI. 156) The plum in the rhyme was the deed of the Manor
of Mells which is still possessed by his descendants. Records show,
however, that Thomas Horner purchased the manor. John Leland in his
"Itinerary" (1543) says "Mr. Horner hath boute the lordship of the
King. " John Horner was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1584 and given
a coat of arms. He raised a family of five sons whose names were
Thomas, George, John, Edward, and Samuel.
Noted events in his life were:
1. He signed a will on 23 October 1571.
2. He had an estate probated on 22 May 1588.