Sir William Harrington, of Hornby

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William Harrington

Also Known As: "William Harington", "William Haryngton"
Birthplace: Farleton & Chorley, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: February 22, 1440 (62-71)
Hornby Castle, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Urswick, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Nicholas Harrington, of Hornby and Isabella Harrington
Husband of Margaret Harrington
Father of John Harington; Helen Molyneux; Sir Thomas Harrington, Kt.; Isabel Harrington; Margaret Harrington and 2 others
Brother of Isabella Tunstall; Nicholas Il Harrington; Sir James Harrington "Esquire of Westby Lane"; Mary Redman; Elizabeth Stanley and 2 others

Occupation: Knight of the Garter (K.G.) He has Ancestral File Number 9N28-15, K.G.
Managed by: Bernard Raimond Assaf
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About Sir William Harrington, of Hornby

"Sir William Harrington of Hornby (d. 1440), son of Sir Nicholas Harrington, was an early fifteenth-century English northern knight, fighting in the Hundred Years' War and serving the crown in the north of England.

War in France

He served Henry V while the latter was Prince of Wales, and in 1415 fought at the Battle of Agincourt as the king's standard-bearer. He was elected a knight of the Garter two years later, and, acting again as standard-bearer at the siege of Rouen in 1419, he was badly wounded.


At some point he is known to have married Margaret Neville of Hornby, Lancashire. This was not, however the principal branch of the magnatial Neville family, and his new wife was not initially an heiress. However, through the death of her niece and great-nephew, she became a co-heiress with Sir John Langton of the family estates, and Harrington, jure uxoris, eventually gained Hornby Castle in 1433. His marriage also gave him a connection to the duke of Exeter, husband of Margaret's niece. Around 1420 he married his heir Thomas to his newly acquired ward, Elizabeth Dacre, which brought him in (dower) Dacre's castles of Heysham and Tatham. He died in 1440.

Royal service and offices

He was sheriff of Yorkshire four times from 1408, and was appointed to various royal offices in the duchy of Lancaster in Lancashire, including the important position of chief-steward of the north in 1428.[1] In 1423, he had been part of a committee to negotiate with the Scots over the intended release of James I, who had been captured by the English on his way to France in 1408. Four years later, he led an embassy to James in an attempt to make him pay the balance of his ransom."

Source: Wikipedia


ID: I18490

Name: William HARINGTON

Given Name: William


Prefix: Sir

Sex: M

Birth: 1373 in Hornby, Lancashire, England

Death: 22 Feb 1439 in Hornby Castle, Lancashire, England

_UID: 949BA1C72C0546FBA8708A768F18C621AF1F

Change Date: 21 Feb 2005 at 20:36

Father: Nicholas DE HARINGTON b: 1345 in Farleton, Lancashire, England

Mother: Isabel ENGLISH b: 1344-1345

Marriage 1 Margaret DE NEVILLE b: 1386 in England


Change Date: 12 Aug 2001


Isabel HARINGTON b: Abt 1400 in England

Agnes HARRINGTON b: 1420 in Ordshall Lancashire
John HARRINGTON b: 1379 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England
Thomas HARRINGTON b: 1409
Margaret NEVILLE

Born: BEF 1387

Died: ABT 1443

Father: Robert De NEVILLE of Hornby (Sir)

Mother: Margaret De La POLE

Married: William HARRINGTON (Sir Knight)


1. Thomas HARRINGTON (Sir Knight)


3. Margaret HARRINGTON


Sir William Harington Birth 1377 Death 22 Feb 1440 (aged 62–63) Burial St Wilfrids Churchyard Melling, City of Lancaster, Lancashire, England Memorial ID 135883491

Family Members Spouse

Margaret Neville Harington 1386 – unknown Children

Thomas Harington unknown–1460

Agnes Harington Radcliffe

John Harington unknown–1465

Isabel Harrington 1402–1441

Source: FindAGrave # 135883491


Nicholas Harrington, Lord of Farleton m.1 (ante Sep 1369) Isabel English (Sir William English of Appleby, Little Strickland, and Hasket, Westmorland, Knight of the Shire for Westmoreland and Margaret le Brun, b. abt.1345)[2]

Issue: 3 sons; 5 dau.

  1. Sir William m. Margaret Neville
  2. James m. [Ellen Urswick]
  3. Nicholas
  4. Elizabeth m. John Stanley
  5. Margaret m. Sir Richard Huddleston
  6. Agnes m. Richard Sherburne
  7. Mary m. John Redman
  8. Isabel m. Thomas Tunstall


  1. Richardson, D. (2010, July 21). "Sir Nicholas Harrington's wife." soc.genealogy.medieval. Google Groups. Weblog. < link >
  2. Richardson, Douglas. Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd Edition. (2011). Page 265. 12. John Stanley. < GoogleBooks >
  4. Source: Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City: the author, 2013), volume III, page 319 HORNBY 15. Margaret Neville, married before 17 April 1401 William Harington, son of Nicholas Harington (or Haverington), by Isabel, daughter of William English. They had three sons, Robert, (living 1436, died before 1440), Thomas, and John, and three daughters, Isabel, Ellen (wife of Richard Molyneux), and Agnes.
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Sir William Harrington, of Hornby's Timeline

Farleton & Chorley, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
Doncaster, Yorkshire, England
Radcliffe, Lancashire, England
Probably, Hornby Castle, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
Hornby Castle, Melling, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
of Hornby Castle,Lancashire,England
of Hornby Castle,Lancashire,England
Hornby Castle, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
February 22, 1440
Age 67
Hornby Castle, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
September 11, 1922
Age 67