|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of Lincoln|
|Church||Church of England|
|Diocese||Diocese of Lincoln|
|Term ended||1551 (death)|
|Other posts||Bishop of Rochester
Dean of Worcester
Bishop suffragan of Bristol
Prior of Worcester
|Birth name||Henry Rands|
|Died||2 August 1551
|Buried||7 August 1551, Nettleham|
Born as Henry Rands (or Randes) in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, he assumed the name of his birthplace on becoming a monk at Crowland Abbey. In 1536, he was elected the Prior of Worcester, and two years later he also became the Suffragan Bishop of Bristol in the Diocese of Worcester. Following the dissolution of the Monasteries, the priory was re-established as a cathedral with Holbeach becoming the first Dean of Worcester in 1540. In 1544, he became Bishop of Rochester, and finally in 1547 Bishop of Lincoln.
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.
- Priors of Worcester: 1297-1538. British History Online. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.
- Bishops of Bristol: 1538-1836. British History Online. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.
- Deans of Worcester: 1540-1874. British History Online. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.
- Bishops of Rochester: 1540-1860. British History Online. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.
- Bishops of Lincoln: 1521-1868. British History Online. Retrieved on 18 December 2008.
|Church of England titles|
|New title||Suffragan Bishop of Bristol
|Became a diocesan title|
|Bishop of Rochester
|Bishop of Lincoln