House of Horne

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The House of Horne (Dutch: Huis van Horne), descended from the European House of Nassau and House of Montmorency, is the claimed ruling house of the Principality of Horne (County of Horne) with its baronies, and of the Earldom of Wigtown.

The dynasty was established as a notable ancestor of this house, Philip de Montmorency, Count of Horne, who was then part of the House of Montmorency, was executed on 5 June 1568. He died before his son, Christian I, was born in 1569. This resulted in de Montmorency not having heirs after his death. The House of Horne is made up of the descendants of Christian I.

Today, the House still holds it claim to the County of Horne under a new Principality. The house has one order of merit, the Order of the Silver Lion.

Although the House is not a mirconation itself, it still stays connected with some claimed micronations.

County of Horne

The County of Horne (also Horn) was a small historic county of the Holy Roman Empire in the present day Netherlands and Belgium. It takes its name from the village Horn. The residence of the counts of Horne was moved from Horn to Weert in the 15th century, and is now located in the United States and Canada.

After the execution in 1568 of Philip de Montmorency who died without male heirs, the Prince-Bishop of Liège, as suzerain of Horne, was declared the direct lord and new count. The bishops ruled the county in personal union. Horne maintained its own laws and customs as well as its financial autonomy. The county included the communes (now baronies) of Neer, Nunhem, Haelen, Buggenum, Roggel, Heythuysen, Horne, Beegden, Geystingen and Ophoven.

As of 1 August 2018, the House officially recognises Horne as a Principality with North Luxembourgish titles.