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Memorial to Sir James Harington (died 1592), Exton.
Photo 2018. See full size. From here.


Sir John Harington,
of Exton, Rutland,
died 1524,
had issue:

John Harington,
of Exton,
mar Elizabeth Moton [daughter and heiress of Robert Moton of Peckleton, Leicestershire],
died in London, 25 August 1553,
had issue:

Sir James Harington,
of Exton,
descendant of Duncan II, King of Scotland.
He mar 1539 to Lucy Sidney [descendant of Edward I].
He was knighted in 1565.
"Lady Lucy Harryngton" wrote on 20 Oct 1566 to Cecil begging him to prevent a match between her son (apparently the 1st Baron) and a "Mistress Wynser" [Complete Peerage].
Sir James died Jan 1592.
Memorial in church of St Peter and St Paul, Exton.
Sir James and Lucy had issue:

  1. John Harington, 1st Baron Harington,
    created Baron Harington of Exton 1603.

  2. Sir Henry Harrington, or Harington, born 1541.
    His brother is Baron "Harington", but he is spelt "Harrington" on the Agard monument.
    He mar 1stly, 1577, to Cecilia Agard.
    She was dau of Francis Agard (died 1577), Secretary to Sir Henry Harrington's uncle Sir Henry Sidney, the Lord Deputy of Ireland.
    Through her, Sir Henry Harrington inherited the manor at Grangegorman, Dublin.
    Sir Henry Harrington became Seneschal (military governor) of Wicklow 1578.
    Cecilia died 1584.
    See Agard monument in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

    He mar 2ndly, licence 10 July 1587, to Ruth Pilkington.
    She was dau of James Pilkington (born 1520), Bishop of Durham.
    She is the mitochondrial DNA ancestor of Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert.

    Sir Henry was admitted to the freedom of Dublin in 1599.
    During Essex's 1599 campaign, Harrington suffered a heavy defeat by the rebel Phelim MacFeagh O'Byrne (son of Fiach McHugh O'Byrne) in Co.Wicklow on 29 May 1599. The battle was at Deputy's Pass, between Rathdrum and Wicklow (see map).
    See a drawing of the battle, "Sir Henry Harrington's Defeate in the Bernes Countrie (neere unto Wicklow)" in the Hardiman atlas at TCD.
    Sir Henry and his house at Grangegorman are mentioned in the "riding of the bounds" of Dublin in 1603.
    He died 1612, age 71 yrs.
    Ruth died 1627.
    Sir Henry had issue by 2nd wife:

    1. Anne Harrington, born est c.1588,
      mar Sir Thomas Roper, 1st Viscount Baltinglass and had issue.

Title and cover of "Sir Henry Harrington's Defeate in the Bernes Countrie (neere unto Wicklow)" in the Hardiman atlas at TCD.


The "riding of the bounds" of Dublin in 1603


Sir Henry Harrington and his house at Grangegorman, Dublin, mentioned in the "riding of the bounds" of Dublin in 1603.
See pp.196-197.


Grangegorman manor, Dublin

The manor ("the Dean's Orchard") at Grangegorman, N side of Dublin city.
Granted to Francis Agard in 1560.
When he died 1577 it was inherited by his son-in-law Sir Henry Harrington.
Harrington died 1612.
Grangegorman manor was later held by Thomas Stanley and his son Sir John Stanley, 1st Baronet (died 1744).
The street leading to the manor was called Stanleys St or Stanley St.

The manor at Grangegorman ("Grange Gorman House") on 1797 map of Dublin.
See wide view.

The manor house at Grangegorman (at end of Stanley St) on 1798 map.
See larger.

The Grangegorman manor site on 1887 to 1913 map.
The convent is on the approximate site of the vanished manor house.
See modern street view of Stanhope St entrance.

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