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Henry Holbeach

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Church  Church of England
Birth name  Henry Rands
Consecration  1538
Elected  c. 1547
Name  Henry Holbeach
Diocese  Diocese of Lincoln
Installed  c. 1547
Term ended  1551
Successor  John Taylor
Predecessor  John Longland

Other posts  Bishop of Rochester (1544–1547) Dean of Worcester (1542–1544) Bishop suffragan of Bristol (1538–1544) Prior of Worcester (1536–1540)
Died  August 2, 1551, Nettleham, United Kingdom

Place of burial  Nettleham, United Kingdom

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.

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Life

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), and became prior of Buckingham College, Cambridge.

In 1536, he was elected the Prior of Worcester, and two years later he also became the Bishop of Bristol, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Worcester. 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. In 1544, he became Bishop of Rochester, and finally in 1547 Bishop of Lincoln.

Marriage

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.

References

Henry Holbeach Wikipedia


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