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1848 Born January 1st at Campsie in Stirlingshire. Educated at Glasgow High School and University (studied under Lord Kelvin).
1867 Assistant Geologist, Geological Survey, Scotland (on establishment of Survey). First field work under Peach. (Silurian of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright).
1873 Spent leave examining Old Red Sandstone and glacial deposits of the Isle of Man.
1874 Results in paper to Transactions Edinburgh Geological Society. With R.L. Jack studied glacial phenomena of Theiss and Pruth valleys.
1877 Results in paper “Glacial Drift in North-east Carpathians”, Quarterly Journal. 1876, 1880 and 1881
Tours with Peach in Shetland, Orkney and Caithness, papers (with Peach) “Glaciation of Shetland Islands (Quarterly Journal 1879); “Glaciation of Orkney Islands (Quarterly Journal 1880); “Glaciation of Caithness” (Proceedings Royal Physical Society Edinbur
Transferred from Dumfries to Nairn and Inverness (till 1883). Mapped area of metamorphic rocks and Old Red Sandstone in basin of Moray Firth.
1883 Sent to Durness with Peach. Followed work of Lapworth independently and arrived at same conclusions on geological history and structure of the North-west Highlands. (A. Geikie recanted previous conclusions and controversy ended). (Gunn, Clough, Cadell, Gr
1888 Wollaston Fund from Geological Society.
“Report on recent work of the Geological Survey in North West Highlands”. (QJ?)
1891 Discovery of Olenellus fauna.
1892 Paper in Quarterly Journal (Peach and Horne) “Olenellus Zone in North West Highlands”.
Murchison Centenary Fund (with Peach).
1892-1893 Neill Prize of Royal Society of Edinburgh.
1896 Paper with E. Greenly on Foliated Granites of Strath Holladale in East Sutherland. (Quarterly Journal).
With Peach and Macconochie carried out revision of areas in Southern Uplands (following researches of Lapworth).
1899 Murchison Medal (with Peach,1899).
Memoir: “Silurian rocks of Scotland”.
1901 Appointed Assistant Director in Edinburgh.
1903 Contributed monograph (with Peach) on the Canonbie Coalfield to Transactions Royal Society Edinburgh.
1907 “North-west Highlands” memoir published.
1910 “Scottish Lakes in relation to geological features of the country”, joint contribution with Peach to Murray and Pullar’s “Bathymetrical Survey of Scottish Freshwater Lochs”.
Edited Edinburgh and Glasgow Memoirs. Also contributed to Memoirs on “Glenelg” (1910); “Central Ross” (1913); “Fannich Mountains” (1913); “Beauly, Inverness” (1914); “Caithness” (1914); “Mid-Strathspey” (1915); Lower Findhorn” (1923).
With Peach wrote Handbook to Geological Model of Assynt”.
1900 Elected F.R.S.
1901 President of Geological Section of British Association in Glasgow. “Recent advances in Scottish Geology”
1911 Retired from Survey. LL.D. (St. Andrews). President Glasgow Geological Society (1911-14).
1912 Peach conducted British Association excursion to North-west Highlands.
1915-1919 President Royal Society Edinburgh.
1917 Results of investigations with Peach on bone-caves of Allt nan Uamh, near Inchnadamff, communicated to Royal Society Edinburgh.
1920-1921 LL.D. (Edinburgh). Wollaston Medal (with Peach). Engaged with Peach in preparation of volume on Geology of Scotland. Unpublished at his death (Peach died 1926).
1928 Died May 30th.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Gregory, J.W. Obituary - John Horne, Scottish geologist. [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 85 p.lx-lxii. 1929

Campbell, R., . John Horne and his contributions to geological science. [Obituary.]. Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society. v. 12 p.267-279. 1930

Obituary - John Horne. Born 1st January 1848, died 30th May 1928. Geologists Magazine. Whole Series. v. 65 p.381-384. 1928

John Horne — Wikipedia article

Horne, John. Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 875.

[ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002. he Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006


121 works listed on the BGS Library catalogue

Memoir: North-west Highlands (1907)

Memoir: Kirkcudbright (1896)

Memoir: Guide to Assynt Model (1914)

Memoir: Silurian rocks of Scotland (1899)

Memoir: Lower Findhorn (1923)

Memoir: Glenelg (1910)

Memoir: North-east Kirkcudbright (1877).

Memoir: Beauly, Inverness (1914)

Memoir: North-west Dumfries (1871)

Memoir: Central Ross (1913)

Memoir: Fannich Mountains (1913)

Contribution to: Caithness (1914)

Contribution to: Edinburgh (1910)

Contribution to: East Lothian (1910)

Contribution to: Mid-Strathspey (1915).

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
GSM/DC/A/C/7/483,500,512 J Horne: Letter on his appointment.
GSM/DC/A/C/25/48,84 J Horne: Letter on his promotion.
GSM/DR/Ft/A/2 Correspondence on range of issues: letters to Bromehead, C.Davidson, H.Dewey, Fairley, A.Geikie...
GSM/DR/Ft/A/5 Minute to J.Horne summarising the results of his visit to Edinburgh, November 1907.
GSM/DR/Ge/A/5 Correspondence on various matters: letters to J.Craik, J.Evans, F.H.Hatch, J.Horne, D.R.Irvine, B...
GSM/DR/Te J.J.H. Teall Jethro Justinian Harris Teall joined the Survey in 1888 as Petrographer, having just published...
GSM/GL/Er/2 Correspondence with Horne, Peach and Rudler
GSM/GL/Pc/3 Correspondence with Horne, Flett, Geikie, Phemister, Rudler and Teall
GSM/GL/Pc/11 Typescript report on the mineral water supply of Strathpeffer, B.N.Peach and J.Horne
GSM/GX/Z/95 Horne, J E T
GSM/MG/C/25 The Assynt model: papers and sketches re corrections and repainting from J.L Bowie, J.Horne and J...