Henry Holbeach

Henry Holbeach (c. 1477 – 2 August 1551) was an English clergyman who served as the last Prior and first Dean of Worcester, a suffragan bishop, and diocesan bishop of two Church of England dioceses.

The Right Reverend

Henry Holbeach
Bishop of Lincoln
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseLincoln
Electedc. 1547
Installedc. 1547
Term ended1551 (death)
PredecessorJohn Longland
SuccessorJohn Taylor
Other post(s)Prior of Worcester (1536–1540)
Bishop suffragan of Bristol (1538–1544)
Dean of Worcester (1542–1544)
Bishop of Rochester (1544–1547)
Orders
Consecration24 March 1537
by John Hilsey
Personal details
Birth nameHenry Rands
Bornc. 1477
Holbeach, Lincolnshire, England
Died(1551-08-02)2 August 1551
Nettleham, Lincolnshire, England
Buried7 August 1551, Nettleham
NationalityEnglish
DenominationAnglican

LifeEdit

Born as Henry Rands (or Randes) in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, he assumed the name of his birthplace on becoming a monk at Crowland Abbey. He proceeded to Cambridge (Bachelor of Theology {BTh} 1527, Doctor of Theology {DTh} 1534),[1] and became prior of Buckingham College, Cambridge.[2]

In 1536, he was elected the Prior of Worcester,[3] and two years later he also became the Bishop of Bristol, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Worcester.[4] Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1540, the priory was re-established as a cathedral with Holbeach becoming the first Dean of Worcester in 1542.[5] In 1544, he became Bishop of Rochester,[6] and finally in 1547 Bishop of Lincoln.[7]

MarriageEdit

He is believed to have been the first of the English (post reformation) bishops to have been married, his wife Joan proving his will on 5 October 1551 and he left a son Thomas Randes. According to his descendant, Cater Rand, he was "one of the compilers of the liturgy". Holbeach developed the sweating sickness and died on 2 August 1551 at Nettleham (some accounts give 6 August as date of death) and was buried there on 7 August 1551.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rands (or Holbeach), Henry (RNDS526H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Holbeach (formerly Rands), Henry. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  3. ^ Priors of Worcester: 1297-1538. British History Online. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.
  4. ^ Bishops of Bristol: 1538-1836. British History Online. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.
  5. ^ Deans of Worcester: 1540-1874. British History Online. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.
  6. ^ Bishops of Rochester: 1540-1860. British History Online. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.
  7. ^ Bishops of Lincoln: 1521-1868. British History Online. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.
Church of England titles
New title Bishop of Bristol
1538–1544
Diocese of Bristol erected
Preceded by
Nicholas Heath
Bishop of Rochester
1544–1547
Succeeded by
Nicholas Ridley
Preceded by
John Longland
Bishop of Lincoln
1547–1551
Succeeded by
John Taylor