Randall, John

, an English divine, was born at Missenden in Buckinghamshire, and sent very young to Sr. Mary Hall, Oxford, in 1581, whence he removed to Trinity college, and took his degree of bachelor of arts. In July 1587, he was chosen to a fellowship of Lincoln college, and in 1589 proceeded in the degree of master of arts. About this time he was ordained, and became one of the most noted preachers in the university. In 1598, he was admitted bachelor of divinity, and the year after resigned his fellowship, and was presented to the rectory of St. Andrew Hubbard, in East-cheap, London. Here, Antony Wood informs us, “after some time, he became so great a labourer in God’s vineyard by his frequent and constant work in the ministry, as well in resolving of doubts and cases of conscience as in preaching and lecturing, that he went beyond his brethren in that city, to the wonder of all.” Wood adds that this was the more wonderful, as he was a great sufferer by sickness; and that he was “accounted a judicious, orthodox, and holy man, and by some a zealous and innocent puritan, of a harmless life and conversation, and one that was solely framed to do good acts.” He died in June 1622, aged about fifty- four, and was buried in his church. By his will he left a tenement situated in St. Mary ­Hall-Iane, to Lincoln college. Besides some single sermons, and a collection of “Eleven Sermons on Romans viii.London, 1623, he was the author of the following posthumous works: 1. “The great Mystery of Godliness,1624, 4to; and 1640, third edition. 2. “Treatise concerning the Sacraments,1630, 4to. 3. “Catechistical | Lectures upon the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper,” 1630, 4to. 4. “Nine-and-twenty Lectures of the Church, for the support of the same in these times,” ibid. 1631, 4to. 1


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