Name: Robert De Harrington
Birth: BEF 1262 in Flemingby, Cumberland
Death: 1297 in Aldingham, Lancashire
Change Date: 30 JUN 2006
It appears from the proceedings in a suit in the King's Bench, anno 5 Edw. I, that this family is descended from one OSULPHURS, who held the manor of Flemingley, co. Cumberland, temp. Rich. I. His Son, ROBERT, is designated de HARINGTON, from a manor in Durham, and his issue continued to-use it as their surname. In the reign of Edw. L, ROBERT de HARINGTON, great-grandson of the above Robert, acquired in marriage, with Agnes, da. and h. of Richard Cancefield, the manor of Aldingham, co. Lancaster, which was afterwards the principal seat of the family.
In 1981, archaeological students from Leicester University, directed by Ms Deirdre O'Sullivan, dug on the site of a chancel aisle at St Bees Priory, Cumbria. In a vault was found a body, wrapped in two thicknesses of linen coated with beeswax and in a lead sheath. At the autopsy it was said that in most respects the body looked as though it had been dead for only two days.
As historians, the concern of Mary Todd and me (John Todd) has been to identify the body. There are two main candidates: Sir Robert of Harrington, who died in 1298, and whose son John is buried in the Harrington aisle at Cartmel Priory; and Sir Anthony de Lucy, who died abroad in 1368, probably while he was on crusade in Eastern Europe against the heathen Slavs.
(UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER CENTRE FOR NORTH-WEST REGIONAL STUDIES ARCHAEOLOGY CONFERENCE - 7 MARCH 1998)
Father: De Harrington
Agnes Cansfield or Cancefield
- John De Harrington b: 1281 in Aldingham, Lancs
- Elizabeth Harrington