The Biography of the Regius Professor and Bible Translator
Household Accounts and Disbursement Books of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester 1558-1561, 1584-1586 (edited by Simon Adams, 1995)
Herōologia Anglica, hoc est clarissimorvm et doctissimorvm aliqovt [sic] Anglorvm qvi florvervnt ab anno Cristi M.D. vsq’ ad presentem annvm M.D.C.XX viuae effigies vitae et elogia (by Henry Holland, 1620)
‘An account of English Heroes, i.e. Some of the Most Famous and Learned Englishmen Who Were of High Repute from AD 1500 until the present 1620, their living likenesses, lives and praises in two volumes’
Translation reads as follows:
Thomas Holland, born in Shropshire within the borders of Wales, followed the study of literature at Oxford in Exeter College (I number this with the above-mentioned famous men on account of the relationship of name [reputation?] for learning and on account of other gifts of the mind) where, having undertaken the lower positions, achieved the very summit as a Doctor, and having taught theology for many years in the aforementioned college, he was made Rector, and finally on account of his extraordinary learning, knowledge and piety, by common vote he was elected Regius Professor of Theology or ‘Doctor Cathedrae’ [lit. ‘Teacher of the Chair’], succeeding Laurence Humphrey. He held this position for many years, to the acclaim of all outside and inside the academy.
How exceptionally learned although truly religious he was shines forth from his various and learned debates, which even now are in common use [? – teruntur] in the hands of certain men, but that they are still to be printed is a disgrace [?]
And (as a certain learned man testifies about him in a published [?] funeral oration), he was a second Apollos, powerful in the Scriptures, and just as familiar with the Church Fathers as if he was himself a Father and with the Scholastics as if he was the Seraphic Doctor, from his own mouth just as from the Oracle, whatever doubts were solved; for that reason the one who was designated ‘Doctor Cathedrae’ was very worthy; he held the Chair for around 20 years, with great applause and approval, I would almost say, admiration.
How many shining stars of our church came out of his school? He was truly (as Gregory Nazianzen said by way of comparison about his own father) an Abraham, the father of many sons, by educational creation of course, to the highest level of learning; and although I may omit the names of many reverend bishops who on this basis were his sons, I cannot however pass over in silence two pillars of our church, the Most Reverend and Esteemed Fathers George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, and John King, Bishop of London. And as many things must be expressed in a few words [?], he was not only a herald of the truth but a doer of the truth, a diligent teacher of true doctrine, a zealous defender of religion, a great hater of idolatry, superstition and depraved religion, which he showed more fully to the fellows of his college whenever he undertook some journey, saying goodbye to them with this words: ‘I commit you to the love of God and the hatred of the Papacy and superstition.’ But just as he was a vigorous contender for religion, in his conduct he was the model of piety and honesty, which was evident especially towards the end of his life, for all the time that he lay sick, he was absorbed in holy prayers and devout meditations, indeed he seemed to pour out his soul to God, panting out (since panting is shorter in itself [?]) these and similar words, “Come, O come Lord Jesus, Star of the Morning, I desire to die and be with you”; and when he said this, he gave his soul back to God, leaving this life for a better one. He died and was buried in Oxford, honourably indeed according to the custom of the Schools, in March 1612. He was aged about 73.
The Translators Revived: A Biographical Memoir of the Authors of the English Version of the Holy Bible (Alexander Wilson McClure, 1853)
Athenae Oxonienses, Volume 2: an exact history of all the writers and bishops who have had their education in the University of Oxford : to which are added the Fasti, or Annals of the said University (by Anthony A Wood, , edited by Philip Bliss, 1815)
Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 27 (edited by Sidney Lee, 1891)
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (edited by J. Andreas Löwe, 2009)