Harington baronets

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The Harington[1] Baronetcy, of Ridlington in the county of Rutland, is a title in the Baronetage of England. It was created on 29 June 1611 for James Harington.[2] He was a descendant of John Harington, one of the Barons summoned to Parliament by Edward II. James's elder brother was John Harington, 1st Baron Harington of Exton[3][4][5][6] (see the Baron Harington of Exton for further history of this branch of the family). The second Baronet was a Royalist. The third Baronet was a Major-General in the Parliamentarian Army during the Civil War and one of the judges appointed to try Charles I, although he refused to sit. He was nonetheless excepted from the Indemnity and Oblivion Act and his title was forfeited for life in 1661. The ninth and twelfth Baronets were both judges.

Four other members of the family should be mentioned. Sir Charles Robert Harington (1897–1972), son of Reverend Charles Harington, second son of the eleventh Baronet, was Professor of Chemical Pathology at the University of London and Director of the National Institute for Medical Research. John Harington (1873–1943), fifth son of the eleventh Baronet, was a Brigadier-General in the British Army. David Gawen Champernowne (1912–2000), great-grandson of Arthur Champernowne (who assumed the surname of Champernowne in 1774), son of Reverend Richard Harington, second son of the sixth Baronet, was Professor of Statistics at the University of Oxford from 1948 to 1959 and Professor of Economics and Statistics at the University of Cambridge from 1970 to 1978. The second son of the current baronet is the actor Christopher "Kit" Harington, b. 1986.[7]

Harington baronets, of Ridlington (1611)[edit]

  • Sir James Harrington, 1st Baronet (1542–1614)[5]
  • Sir Edward Harrington, 2nd Baronet (died 1653)[6][8]
  • Sir James Harington, 3rd Baronet (1607–1680)[3][6][9] (baronetcy forfeited for life 1661)
  • Sir Edmund Harington, 4th Baronet (c. 1635–1708) [6]
  • Sir Edward Harington, 5th Baronet (1639–1716)[6]
  • Sir James Harington, 6th Baronet (died 1782)[6]
  • Sir James Harington, 7th Baronet (1726–1793)[6]
  • Sir John Edward Harington, 8th Baronet (1760–1831)[6]
  • Sir James Harington, 9th Baronet (1788–1835)[6]
  • Sir John Edward Harington, 10th Baronet (1821–1877)[6]
  • Sir Richard Harington, 11th Baronet (1835–1911)
  • Sir Richard Harington, 12th Baronet (3 March 1861 – 1 February 1931). Harington was the eldest son of Sir Richard Harington, 11th Baronet, and was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. Called to the Bar in 1886, he practised as a barrister on the Oxford Circuit before taking up an appointment as a Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal in 1899, where he served in that capacity until returning home in 1913 — and qualified for his Delhi Durbar Medals. He had, meanwhile, served in the London Brigade of the Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers from 1880 to 1891, and had commanded the Artillery Company of the Calcutta Port Defence Volunteers from 1900 to 1909. He volunteered for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, aged 53. He was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the Anti-Aircraft Corps, in which capacity he served until 1916. A onetime Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire, he was appointed High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1918 and died in February 1931, having succeeded to his father's title in 1911.
  • Sir Richard Dundas Harington, 13th Baronet (1900–1981)
  • Sir Nicholas John Harington, 14th Baronet (1942–2016)
  • Sir David Harington, 15th Baronet (born 1944)

The heir apparent to the baronetcy is the present holder's elder son John Catesby Harington (born 1984). Sir David Harington is also the father of the actor Kit Harington.[10]


  1. ^ John Tapin writes that in most existing 1600s contemporary records the spelling of the name was with a double 'r', however, the single 'r' is used in some instances, and this is the way the family spells their name today.
  2. ^ George Edward Cokayne Complete Baronetage 1900
  3. ^ a b John Taplin References
  4. ^ Sir James HARRINGTON of Exton, Knight
  5. ^ a b James Harrington of Ridlington
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Families covered: Harington (Harrington) of Exton, Harington of Ridlington
  7. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 2015 ed.
  8. ^ Cadaver Tombs: Church of St James the Great, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire (alternative site)
  9. ^ Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  10. ^ Kit Harington - Biography Series


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Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Pope baronets
Harington baronets
29 June 1611
Succeeded by
Savile baronets