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Harrington, Sir James

Harrington, Sir James

Male 1607 - 1680

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  • Title  Sir 
    Christened  30 Dec 1607  Merton, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Buried  1680  Merton, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  Apr 1680  Europe Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I03528  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  22 Sep 2017 

    Married  24 Sep 1601  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F01547  Group Sheet

    Family  Wright, Katherine,   c. 21 Sept 1617, St Lawrence Jewry and St Mary Magdalene, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 15 Jun 1675, Merton, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  02 Aug 1632  St Peters, St Albans, Hertford, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Harrington, Robert,   c. 17.01.1635/36, St Michael, Highgate, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 10 Mar 1716, St Andrew, Holborn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Harrington, Mary
     3. Harrington, Edmond,   c. 3 May 1633, St Olave Old Jewry, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 9 Aug 1708, Reigate, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Harrington, John,   b. Abt 1635, Of London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Harrington, Catherine,   b. Abt 1636, Of London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 17 Mar 1653/54, Ickleham, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Harrington, Margarey,   b. Abt 1637, Of London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1680-1705, Of Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Harrington, James,   c. 5 Nov 1638, St Olave Old Jewry, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Harrington, Edward,   c. 10 Nov 1639, St Peter Le Poor, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1716, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >9. Harrington, Henry,   c. 26 Oct 1640, Highgate, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1708
    >10. Harrington, Martha,   c. 1 Jul 1641, Highgate, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Harrington, Elizabeth,   c. 23 Jun 1644, St Michael, Highgate, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 7 Nov 1647, Ickleham, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Harrington, William,   c. 7 Jun 1647, Ickleham, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. Harrington, Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1648, Of London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 1 Dec 1654, Ickleham, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     14. Harrington, Lucy,   c. 7 Apr 1648, St Giles, Ickenham, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1709-1715, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >15. Harrington, Catherine,   c. 9 Aug 1655, Ickleham, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1686, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     16. Harrington, Anne,   b. Abt 1660, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 24 Aug 1717, Merton, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  17 Nov 2017 
    Family ID  F01055  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Sir James Harrington
    Sir James Harrington
    possibly by William Faithorne
    line engraving, published 1682

  • Notes 
    • Sir James Harrington Knt of Ridlington, Rutland, London:
      Judge in the trial of Charles first. Exiled to Europe and died there.

      A Margery Harrington daughter of Sir James Harrington Bart marries Edmund Richmond Webb. Same person??

      Text: Harrington, Jas. (Sir), Bt., regicide, attainted. 1660 , aet. 49. (Winst. Reg. 152; Kingkrs. 1, 100; MS.) Book: Obituary Prior to 1800 (as far as Relates to England, Scotland, and Ireland), Compiled by Sir William Musgrave, 6th Bart., of Hayton Castle, Co. Cumberland, and Entitled by him "A General Nomenclator and Obituary, with Referrence to the Books Where the Persons are Mentioned, and Where some Account of their Character is to be Found." Collection: England, Scotland, Ireland: Musgrave's Obituaries Prior To 1800, Parts 3 & 4

      Katherine Wright's husband, Sir James Harrington, was one of the King's judges, and it amused Pepys to see the screen which he put up in the hall at Swakeleys, over which he had set, "the King's head and my lord of Essex on one side and Fairfax on the other; and upon the other side of the screene, the parson of the parish and the lord of the manor and his sisters." (fn. 58) ... Whether the lord of the manor was Harrington himself, or Richard Shoreditch the lord of Ickenham, Pepys does not say. At the Restoration Sir James Harrington fled the country (fn. 60) and the following letter written to his wife from abroad sufficiently describes his adversities :
      "My Deare,
      I am surprised by thy last letter but, however, God and the Kinges will be done for to both of them I doe freely submitt myselfe, but for mee to make any proposition is not proper because it is not in my power to performe, for such is my condition as till my estate be cleared I am not able to raise any monnies because I can propound nothinge for security thereoff: But that my noble Lord Latherdale (to whose favours I am soe exceedingly obliged though I haue for [for] the reason aboue said bin necessitated to be hetherto thereoff neglectiue) may clearly understand my condition & accordingly know how to represent it to his maiesty, I haue here expressed the particular of my estate and debts, which pray thee present (with my humble service to his Lordshipe) with this assurance that if upon the dilligentest [search] enquiry can be made they be not found to be really true, then let mee not find any favour, and if truthe, as for such I here assert them, I humbly spreade my sad condition therein before his maiesty for his gracious mercy and compassion towards an antient family and numerous issue; for praying God for a blessinge on the endeavours and for his Maiesties temporall and eternal hapinesse I remaine Thy most affectionat husband James Harington. (fn. 61)
      This 19th of March, 1660 (New Style 1661).
      Endorsed :-For his Louing wife [att] The Lady Harington at her Lodginge in Fleet Street, these.
      In the accompanying particulars of his property Sir James states : "I have a house besides (during my wifes life) in Ickenham called Swakely with landes wourth per annu 260L. which after her death goeth to my eldest son and his children if he have any and soe to others in remaindre and is out of my power and disposall." Harrington's debts amounted to 8,113, on which he had to pay annual interest of 486 out of an income of 770, leaving (besides Swakeleys) only 284 "for the maintenance of my family and to make provision for my wife and 12 children vnpouided for."


      There is attached to Ickenham Church, at the west end of the north aisle, a mortuary chapel, curiously built with upright arched niches for coffins, and erected in the latter part of the 17th century for interments from Swakeleys House. The coffins were removed and buried in the churchyard in 1921, and the chapel is now used as a vestry. Some inscription plates remain, and the first of these in date commemorates Sir Edward Harrington, Bt., the father of Sir James.
      The following is a facsimile :-
      WITHIN THIS ARCH IS IMMVRED THE BODIE
      OF Sr EDWARD HARINGTON KNIGHT AND BARONET
      ELDEST SONNE TO Sr IAMES HARINGTON OF RIDLINGTON
      KNIGHT AND BARONET THIRD BROTHER TO IOHN
      LORD HARINGTON OF EXTON IN THE
      COVNTY OF RVTLAND WHO MARRIED WITH
      MARGERY DOYLIE DAVGHTER AND COHEIRE OF
      ROBERT DOYLIE OF MERTON IN THE COVNTY OF OXON
      ESQ, BY WHOM HE HAD FOVRTEENE CHILDEREN
      IAMES HARINGTON HIS ELDEST SONNE OF SWAKELY
      IN THE COVNTY OF MIDLESEX KNIGHT
      AND BARONET HE WAS TRANSLATED HENCE IN OCTOBER 1652

      Three other plates record the deaths of three of Sir James Harrington's daughters, two of them being named Elizabeth:

      WITHIN THIS PILLER IS INSHRINED THE BODIE OF ELIZABETH HARINGTON
      SIXT DAVGHTER TO Sr IAMES HARINGTON OF SWAKELY KNIGHT AND BARONET
      WHO FELL ASLEEPE IN THE THIRD YEARE OF HIR CHILDHOOD 7 OF NOVEMB 1647

      WITHIN THIS PLACE IS INCEOSED THE BODIE OF KATHERINE HARINGTON
      SECOND DAVGHTER OF SIR IAMES HARINGTON OF SWAKELY IN THE COVNTY OF
      MIDLESEX KNIGHT AND BARONETT WHO DECEASED THE 17 DAY OF MARCH 1653
      IN THE SEAVENTEENTH YEARE OF HIR VIRGINITY

      VNDER THIS MARBLE LIETH IN TOVMBED THE MAYDEN DVST OF ELIZABETH HARINGTON
      EIGHTH DAVGHTER OF Sr IAMES HARINGTON OF SWAKELY IN Ye COVNTY OF MIDLESEX KNIGHT AND BARONETT WHO IN Ye FIRST DAY OF DECEMB; 1654 AND IN THE SIXT
      YEARE OF HIR CHILDHOODE FELL ASLEEPE

      From: 'Swakeleys: Historical notes', Survey of London Monograph 13: Swakeleys, Ickenham (1933), pp. 1-21. URL: <http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=117768> Date accessed: 11 April 2011.
      .

      These houses, together with No. 50, occupy the site of a house which William to Sir James Harrington in 1656, then described as a messuage, garden, yard, stable and hayloft, and 20 feet adjoining to the west side of the stable, 35 feet in length towards Kentish Town,with the barn thereon and one pole of ground. ... Sir James must have lived at Highgate some years before he bought the house, since he had a son, Henry, baptised at Highgate Chapel in 1640, and a daughter, Martha,in 1642, and he had a lease of the house which he assigned to his sister, Lucy Harrington, in 1653. His father, Sir Edward Harrington of Swakeleys, had died in October, 1652. In 1647, 1653 and 1654, three of his daughters were buried at Swakeleys.(ref. 87) He sat as one of the judges of King Charles I, and fled from England at the Restoration. In the account of his property attached to a letter which he sent to his wife in 1661, he included "A House at Highgate in Middlesex, mortgaged and forfeited for 400...
      From: 'No. 48 West Hill and Hollyside', Survey of London: volume 17: The parish of St Pancras part 1: The village of Highgate (1936), pp. 69-71. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=65015 Date accessed: 29 November 2011.