Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Hengist (" horse") and Horsa (" mare") were, according to Bede and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the names of the two leaders of the first Teutonic invaders of Britain. They are said to have landed at Ebbsfleet in 449 or 450 to assist Vortigern, a British prince, against the Picts, and to have received Thanet as the reward of their successes, but afterwards to have turned their arms against him.

Horsa was slain at Aylesford in 455, but Hengist and his son afterwards conquered Kent. Their names are not, however, mentioned by Gildas, and it is by no means certain that any such persons existed.