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John Harrington 4th Baron Harrington

At Porlock in North Somerset is the grade I listed church of St. Dubricius where within is the very fine alabaster tomb of John Harrington, 4th Baron Harrington, (1384-1418) who fought alongside Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. He lies alongside his first wife Elizabeth daughter of the 3rd Earl of Devon.

Elizabeth survived her first husband and married secondly William Bonville, 1st Baron Bonville. The style of armour depicted on his tomb is that of the time of his wife's death in 1470 and is therefore not an accurate representation of that worn at the time of Agincourt.

The monument and effigies are believed to have been erected at the expense of Elizabeth's step-daughter the great heiress, Cicily Bonville, Baroness Harington and Marchioness of Dorset (1460-1529) and are considered from their very high quality more befitting a cathedral than a retired country church.

Michael Wren
October 2014

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