Born: Jan­ua­ry 27, 1847, Un­der­down, Led­bu­ry, Here­ford­shire, Eng­land.

Died: March 17, 1918, Ox­ford, Eng­land.

Buried: Church of All Saints, Cud­des­don, Ox­ford­shire, Eng­land.



Henry was the son of George Hen­ry Hol­land and Char­lotte Do­ro­thy Gif­ford.

He was edu­cat­ed at Et­on and at Bal­li­ol Col­lege, Ox­ford (BA 1870, MA 1873, DD Aber­deen 1903). He be­came Sen­ior Stu­dent of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1870, was or­dained dea­con in 1872, and priest in 1874. He be­came ca­non of St. Paul’s, Lon­don, in 1884, and a Re­gi­us Pro­fess­or of Di­vi­ni­ty at Ox­ford in 1910.

I am stand­ing on the sea­shore. A ship spreads her white sails to the morn­ing breeze & starts for the ocean. I stand watch­ing her un­til she fades on the ho­ri­zon, & some­one at my side says, She is gone. Gone where?

The loss of sight is in me, not in her. Just at the mo­ment when some­one says, She is gone, there are oth­ers who are watch­ing her com­ing. Oth­er voic­es take up the glad shout, Here she comes, & that is dy­ing.

Henry Scott Holland