Rand is a small village and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 9 miles (14 km) north-east from the city of Lincoln and approximately 2 miles (3 km) west from Wragby, and near the A158 road from Lincoln to Skegness. The nearest large town is Market Rasen, about 5 miles (8 km) north-east. The village is 87 feet (27 m) above sea level. The population is listed under Goltho.
Rand was the home of the father of the 17th-century English writer James Harrington.
James Harrington (or Harington), the author of Oceana, born 1611 in Upton, Northamptonshire, was the eldest son of Sir Sapcote(s) Harrington of Rand (died 1629), and great-nephew of the first Lord Harington of Exton (died 1615).
The village church is dedicated to St Oswald, which contains a memorial to Sir Vincent Fulnetby (died early 17th century) and his ancestors. The name "Fulnetby", or "Fulnery" in some old records, derives from Old Scandinavian "full+nautr+by" meaning "village of one who has a full share". It appeares in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Fulnedebi".
The existing church building dates from the 14th century. It also contains a monument to the Harrington family. A church probably existed here by 1241, and perhaps earlier. The existing building is thought[by whom?] to be at least the third church built at Rand.
The nearest school is in Wragby.
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