Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Shorne (Sir John) or Master John Shorne,

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Shorne (Sir John) or Master John Shorne,
well known for his feat of conjuring the devil into a boot. He was one of the uncanonised saints, and was prayed to in cases of ague. It seems that he was a devout man, and rector of North Marston, in Buckinghamshire, at the close of the thirteenth century. He blessed a well, which became the resort of multitudes and brought in a yearly revenue of some £500.   1
“To Maister John Shorne, that blessed man borne,
For the ague to him we apply.
Which juggleth with a bote; I beschrewe his herte rote
That will trust him, and it be I.”
Fantassie of Idolatrie.



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