John Harington, 1st Baron Harington of Exton
He was the son of
James Haringtonand was knighted in 1584, Inner Temple1558, MP for Rutland 1571, commissioner of the peace for Kesteven, Lincolnshire, from abt. 1559-1593, servant to Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicesterin the Netherlands1585, keeper of Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, for Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick1588-1590, Sheriff of Warwickshire (1582_3), and MP in 1586, accompanied Mary, Queen of Scots, through Warwickshire on her way to Fotheringhayin Northamptonshire1586, MP for Rutland in 1593 and 1601, Deputy Lieutenantof Rutland and Warwickshireduring the 1590s.
Sir John Harington was created Baron Harington in July 1603 at the coronation of James I. He was made guardian of James' daughter, Elizabeth. The high cost of entertaining the Princess ruined him. As partial recompence Harington was granted a licence to mint the first copper farthings by the King. Princess Elizabeth married the Elector Palatine, Frederick V to become the "Winter Queen". Lord Harington accompanied her to
Bohemia, but died on his way back in 1613. After his death, the Exton estate was sold to pay his creditors, being purchased by Sir Baptist Hicks.
* Jan Broadway, ‘Harington, John, first Baron Harington of Exton (1539/40–1613)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Aug 2005 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/12327, accessed 15 Aug 2005]
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