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Sir William Harrington

Also Known As: "William Harington"
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Wolfage, Northamptonshire, England
Death: August 12, 1488 (59-67)
Wolfage, Northamptonshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Harrington and Elizabeth (Bradshagh) Harrington
Husband of Elizabeth Pilkington
Father of Sir James Harrington, Kt.; Nicholas Harrington; Isabella Holland and Margarette Harryngton
Brother of Margaret Pilkington

Occupation: Knight
Managed by: Carole (Erickson) Pomeroy,Vol. C...
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About Sir William Harrington

  • Sir William Harington1
  • M, b. circa 1422, d. 12 August 1487
  • Father Sir Richard Harington b. c 1400, d. 1467
  • Mother Elizabeth Bradshaw b. 1402
  • Sir William Harington was born circa 1422 at of Old Hall, Lancashire, Brixworth, Northamptonshire, England. He married Elizabeth Pilkington, daughter of Edmund Pilkington and Elizabeth Booth, in 1442. Sir William Harington died on 12 August 1487.
  • Family Elizabeth Pilkington
  • Child
    • Sir James Harington+ b. 1448, d. 26 Jun 1497
  • Citations
  • 1.[S10308] Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. XII/2, p. 246; Ancestral Roots of 60 Colonists, by Weis, 6th Ed., p. 41; The Pilkington Family, by Lt. Col. John Pilkington, 3rd Ed., 1912, p. 54.
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  • William HARRINGTON (Sir Knight)
  • Born: ABT 1425, Wolphege, Northampton, England
  • Died: 12 Aug 1488
  • Father: Richard HARRINGTON (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Elizabeth BRADSHAGH
  • Married: Elizabeth PILKINGTON (dau. of Edmund Pilkington of Bressingham and Elizabeth Booth)
  • Children:
    • 1. James HARRINGTON of Wolfege (Sir Knight)
    • 2. Nicholas HARRINGTON
    • 3. Isabella HARRINGTON
  • From: HARRINGTON (Sir Knight)2


  • The origin of the tenure by the Bradshagh family of a fourth part of the manor of Westleigh has not been ascertained. Roger de Bradshagh (fn. 55) gave lands here to his son John, about the year 1250, a date suggested by the witnesses' names, one of whom was Adam de Westleigh. (fn. 56) Besides John, afterwards of Westleigh, Roger had issue, William, who married Mabel la Norrise, and had with her the manors of Haigh and Blackrod, (fn. 57) and Adam, perhaps ancestor of the Bradshaghs of Aspull. (fn. 58) John de Bradshagh had issue two sons, Richard (fn. 59) and William. Richard had Westleigh by inheritance from his father and Blackrod under a settlement made in 1337 by Mabel de Bradshagh; William had Haigh under a similar settlement. (fn. 60) Richard had issue Roger, who is named with his wife in the settlement of 1337. (fn. 61) Hugh their son married Margaret daughter and heir of John de Verdon of Brixworth, county Northants, who immediately after her husband's death in August, 1383, (fn. 62) married John son and heir of Roger de Pilkington. (fn. 63) In 1385 William son and heir of Hugh and Margaret, being under age, was committed to the care of Henry de Bradshagh, who was to pay £80 within eight years for wardship of the heir's lands in Westleigh and Blackrod. (fn. 64) At the death of Sir William Bradshagh, chr., in 1415, he and Joan his wife were seised of this manor, and held it of the king in chief as of his duchy of Lancaster by knight's service and 6d. perannum. It was worth £20 beyond reprises. Elizabeth wife of Richard Harrington son of James Harrington, knt., was his daughter and heir, then aged thirteen years. (fn. 65) William Harrington, knt., their son, had a dispensation in 1442 to marry Elizabeth daughter of Edmund Pilkington, esq., being within the degrees of consanguinity. (fn. 66) He died in 1488, James Harrington, knt., his son and heir being then forty years of age. (fn. 67)
  • Sir James Harrington made his will in 1493 and died in 1497, leaving ten daughters his coheirs. (fn. 68) In the partition of his estates made in 1517 the manor of Westleigh fell to the share of Anne, one of his daughters and coheirs, wife of Sir Richard Stanley (fn. 69) of Hooton, county Chester, knt., Alice wife of Richard Hoghton (fn. 70) and daughter of Sir Thomas Assheton, knt., by Agnes, another daughter and coheir, and Isabel, wife of John Tresham, another daughter and coheir. (fn. 71)
  • From: 'Townships: Westleigh', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3 (1907), pp. 421-426. URL: Date accessed: 01 June 2012.


  • (The) history of the Lancashire family of Pilkington and its branches from 1066 to 1600. Compiled from deeds, charters, wills, inquisitions post mortem, public records, and ancient manuscripts (1894)
    • Collateral Pedigree of Pilkington, Verdon, Bradshagh, and Harrington.
  • VI.-- SIR ROGER DE PILKINGTON, Lord of Pilkington Manor, son of Sir Roger. Had the Manor of Bury, &c., after the death of his mother, Alicia, the daughter of Adam de Bury. Born 1346; died 1407. (see p. 14.) = ch: Sir John (m. Margaret de Verdon) de Pilkington.
    • VII.-- SIR JOHN DE PILKINGTON, Lord of Pilkington, Bury, &c. Born about 1365; died 1421. (see pp. 15-16.) = MARGARET, daughter and heir of Sir John de Verdon, and widow of Hugh de Bradshagh. She died 28th April, 1436. (See p. 16.) ;ch: Sir John (m. Elizabeth Trafford), Edmund (m. Katherine de Assheton), Robert (ancestor of the Yorkshire branch) de Pilkington.; = HUGH DE BRADSHAGH, son of Roger de Bradshagh, of Blackrod and Westleigh, and great grandson of Sir William de B., of Westleigh, who married Mable le Norres. ; ch: Sir William (m. Johanna) de Bradshagh.
      • VIII.-- SIR JOHN DE PILKINGTON, Lord of Pilkington, Bury, &c. Born about 1393; died 1451, without issue; and at Inq. P.M. 29 Henry. VI., it was found that Thomas, son of Edmund, was the next heir. (See pp. 19-23.) - ELIZABETH, dau. of Edmund de Trafford. (See p. 21.)
      • ROBERT, Ancestor of the Yorkshire branch. (See pp. 18, 29, 108-111.)
      • VIIIA.-- EDMUND DE PILKINGTON ???? = KATHERINE, sister of John de Assheton. (Se p. 23.) ; ch: Sir Thomas (m. Margaret Harrington), Elizabeth (m. William Harrington) Pilkington
        • IXA.-- SIR THOMAS PILKINGTON, Found to be Lord of Pilkington, Bury, &c., by Inq. P.M. 29 Hen. VI. (1451), after the death of his uncle. His estates in Lancashire were forfeited after the battle of Bosworth, in 1485, and conferred upon Thomas Stanley, then created Earl of Derby. Fell at battle of Stoke, 1487. (See pp. 24-27.) = MARGARET HARRINGTON, daughter of Sir Richard Harrington being akin, a licence abtained /// marry in 1442. [Lichfield ????egy.] (See p. 25.) ; ch: Roger (m. Alice Savage) Pilkington.
          • XA.-- ROGER PILKINGTON. By Inq. P.M., in 1493 (8-9 Hen. VII.), was found heir to his father. Died between 1512 and 1527. (See pp. 27-28.) = ALICE, daughter of Sir John Savage, of Clifton, co. Chester (See p. 28.) ; ch: 6 daughters, as stated on the large sheet pedigree.
        • ELIZABETH PILKINGTON, cousin to William Harrington, whom she married by licence obtained 1442. [Lichfield Episc. Regy.] Named in Fine 39 Hen. VI. (1460) as fifth in entail of Brissingham Manor. = SIR WILLIAM HARRINGTON. Died 12th Aug., 3 Hen. VII. (son of Elizabeth de Bradshagh, (dau. of Johanna & Sir William de Bradshagh) & Sir Richard Harrington, (son of Sir James H., who captured the Earl of Douglas, at the battle of Shewsbury)). ; ch: Sir James (m. Isabella Radcliff) Harrington
          • SIR JAMES HARRINGTON. Died 26th June, 1497 (12 Hen. VII.) For will and Inq. P.M. see Chetham Soc. Vol. 99, pp. 167-170. = ISABELLA, sister of William Radcliff, of Ordsall. Died 20th June, 10 Hen. VIII. (1518). Inq. P.M. 11 Hen. VIII. ; ch: William (m. dau. of house of Trafford), Agnes (m. Sir Thomas Assheton), Elizabeth (m. John Lumley), Alicia (m. Ralph Standish), Margareta (m. Christopher Hu?????), Isabella (m. John Leycester), Johanna (m. Edmund Assheton), Anna (m. Sir Wm. Stanley), Clementina (m. Henry Norres), Katharina (m. Wm. Merfield) Harrington.
            • WILLIAM HARRINGTON. Died v.p. and without issue. Drowned with his bride, a daughter of the house of Trafford, at the ford of the Mersey, at Northenden, 6th Jund, 1490--the day they were married.
            • AGNES. Married Sir Thomas Assheton.
            • ELIZABETH. Married John Lumley, of co. Northampton.
            • ALICIA. Married Ralph Standish.
            • MARGARETA. married Christopher Hu???? Farnworth; and ???? daughter, Jane Hulton ????? Roger Asshaw, ????? Charnock.
            • ISABELLA. Married John Tresham, of Northampton.
            • ALIANORA. Married John Leycester, of Toft, co. Chester.
            • JOHANNA. Married Edmund Assheton, of Chadderton.
            • ANNA. Married Sir Wm. Stanley, of Hooton.
            • CLEMENTINA. Married Henry Norres, of Speke.
            • KATHARINA. Married Wm. Merfield, of Hooley, co. Yorkshire.


  • Sir William Harrington
  • Birth: unknown
  • Death: Aug. 12, 1488
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Richard Harrington (1399 - 1462)
  • Children:
    • James Harrington (____ - 1497)*
  • Burial: All Saints Churchyard, Brixworth, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 135891622
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Sir William Harrington's Timeline

Wolfage, Northamptonshire, England
Age 18
Wolfage, Northamptonshire, England
Age 23
Westleigh, Lancashire, England
Age 31
Castle Hornby, Lancaster, Lancashire, England
August 12, 1488
Age 63
Wolfage, Northamptonshire, England
August 30, 1958
Age 63
November 5, 1958
Age 63
June 11, 1959
Age 63