Robert Forman Horton

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Robert Forman Horton (18 September 1855 - 1934), British Nonconformist divine, was born in London.

Early life and education[edit]

Horton was educated at Shrewsbury School and New College, Oxford, where he was awarded a First in classics. He was president of the Oxford Union in 1877. He became a fellow of his college in 1879, and lectured on history for four years.[1]

Church role[edit]

In 1880, Horton accepted an invitation to become pastor of the Lyndhurst Road Congregational Church, Hampstead, and subsequently took a very prominent part in church and denominational work.[2] This included establishing a mission hall for the Hampstead church in Kentish Town, known as Lyndhurst Hall.

Horton delivered the Lyman Beecher lectures at Yale in 1893. In 1898, he was chairman of the London Congregational Union, and in 1903 he was chair of the Congregational Union of England and Wales.[1] In 1909, he took a prominent part in the 75th anniversary celebration of Hartford Theological Seminary.

His numerous publications spanned theological, critical, historical, biographical and devotional subjects.

Selected works[edit]

  • Inspiration and the Bible: An Inquiry (T.F. Unwin, 1889)
  • The Book of Proverbs (Expositor's Bible series, 1891)
  • Verbum Dei: The Yale Lectures on Preaching (Macmillan & Co New York, 1893)
  • Alfred Tennyson: A Saintly Life (London J.M. Dent & Co; New York E.F. Dutton & Co, 1900)
  • The Springs of Joy and Other Sermons (Fleming H. Revell Company, 1900)
  • The Bible: A Missionary Book (Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier, Edinburgh and London, 1904)
  • The Early Church (Hodder & Stoughton New York, 1909)
  • Great Issues (New York The Macmillan Company, 1909)


  1. ^ a b Pope Robert, Morgan D. Densil (2013). T&T Clark Companion to Nonconformity. Bloomsbury. pp. 616–7. 
  2. ^ Elrington (editor), C.R. "'Hampstead: Protestant Nonconformity', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9: Hampstead, Paddington (1989), pp. 153-158.". British History Online. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 

External sources[edit]

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.