Memorial to James & Lucy Harrington :: Shared Description
Outside the altar rail on the north side of the chancel is the monument to James Harrington (a grandson of Joan and Alice) and his wife Lucy. They died in 1592 having had 18 children, eleven of whom grew up and married into other landed families. They lived to be over 70, quite remarkable for their day. Husband and wife face each other kneeling at a prayer desk. Their sixth daughter, Mable, married Sir Andrew Noel of Brooke; this is the first association with Exton ever since and which produced the Earls of Gainsborough in the next century.
Here is the place of James Harington, of Exton, Knight with his wife, Lucy, daughter of William Sidney, Knight, by whom he had 18 children, of whom three sons and either daughters entered into marriage. The eldest son, John, Knight, married the heiress of Robert Kelway, surveyor of the Courts of Wards and Liveries. The second, Henry, Knight, married on of the heiresses of Francis Agar, the third, James, Esquire, one of the heiresses of Roberts Sapcots, Esquire. The eldest daughter, Elizabeth, was married to Edward Montague, Knight, the second, Frances, to William Lee, Knight, the third Margaret, to Don Benito de Sisneros, a Spaniard, of the family of the Dukes of Fantasgo, the fourth, Catharine, to Edward Dimmock, Knight. The sixth, Mabel, to Andrew Noel, Knight, the seventh, Sarah had for her husband Lord Hastings, heir of the Earl of Huntingdon. The eighth, Theodosia, Lord Dudley of Castle Dudley. The said James and Lucy lived 50 years in Wedlock. She died first in her 72nd year. He departed this life when eighty years old, in the year of man’s redemption 1591, the 34th of Queen Elizabeth. Both appointed as their sole executor their son James, who, to perform his duty to his parents, and to leave testimony of his filial affection to posterity erected and dedicated this monument to their lasting memory.
If an old family and ancient busts on the walls; if the badge of a Knighthood, the reward of peculiar virtue; if a numerous offspring and the absence of all complaint throughout fifty years of married life; if late decay and a rapid death; lastly, if a happy estate, and more happy than any estate, a liberal hand, untainted honour, reverence for heaven have made either a happy life or a blessed death, they have made both life and death bless for us. Now when the fates have bid us to have done with life and the stars demand out spirits, the affection of our heir has gathered our ashes and bidden them rest under this mausoleum.
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Created: Fri, 31 Aug 2012, Updated: Fri, 31 Aug 2012
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