James Harington (lawyer)
Sir James Harington (c. 1517 – c. 1592) was a 16th century English public servant who fulfilled a number of legal, legislative and law enforcement duties and was knighted in 1565.
James Harington's legal career began at a young age when he was called to the
Inner Templein 1536. He served as Justice of the Peacein Kesteven, Lincolnshirein 1547, and in Rutlandhe became sheriffin 1553 and Justice of the Peace circa 1559. He continued to fulfill the duties of sheriff in 1560-61 and, following his knighthood in June 1565, returned to those duties in 1566-67, 1578-79 and, near the end of his life, in 1586-87. Additionally, by 1569, he served as Rutland Commissioner Musters.
Parentage, marriage and descendants
Sir James Harington was the son of John Harington (died 1554) and Elizabeth Moton. In 1539 he married Lucy, the daughter of Sir William Sidney of
Penshurst, Kent. Their children were:
John Harington, 1st Baron Harington of Exton
2.Sir Henry Harington of Wicklow
3.Sir James Harington
5.Sarah Harington (Baron Hastings & Baron
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