Hougun Manor

Situated on the west shore of Coniston Water, Cumbria, Hougun Manor has been classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by Natural England.

The Domesday Book refers to when the manor of Hougun was held by Earl Tostig about 1060. The peninsular given to Furness Abbey is recorded as part of the Manor of Hougun, which included Cartmel, and Walney Island, Houganai or island of Hougun.

The name Hougun is thought to derive from the Old Norse haugr meaning ‘among the hills‘.

via The Origins of Lancashire Denise Kenyon, Manchester University Press, 1 Jan 1991. pages 147-148

The Domesday entry for Hougun is significant in indicating the extent of Norman control.

In Hougun Furness Low Earl Tosti had four carucates of land to be taxed In Chiluestreuic qu Woodlands three carucates Sourebi Sowerby three carucates Hietun Heaton four carucates Daltune Dalton two carucates Warte Swarth two carucates Neutun Newton six carucates Walletun Walton six carucates Suntun Santon two carucates Fordebodele two carucates Basse six carucates Hert Hest two carucates Lies six carucates another Lies two carucates Glassertun Gleaston two carucates Steintun Stenton two carucates Cliuertun Crinleton four carucates Ouregraue Orgrave now called Titeup three carucates Meretun Marton alias Martin four carucates Pennigetun Pennington two carucates Gerleuuorde Irelith Kirkby two carucates Borch Burrow 6ix carucates Berretseige Bardsey four carucates Witingham Whitingham four carucates Bodele Bothil alias Bootle four carucates Santacherche Santonkirk one carucate Hougenai Furness High six carucates All these villages lie to Hougun Furness High Manor in Stercaland Strickland Mimet Mint Cherc iebi Kirkby Kendal Helsingetune Helsington Steintun Stainton Bodelforde Hotun Old Hutton Bortun Burton in Kendal Daltun Dalton Patun Patton Gilemichel had these In these are twenty carucates of land to be taxed Manor In Cherchebi Kirkby Kendal Duuan had six carucates to be taxed Manor In Aldingham Aldingham Ernulf had six carucates to be taxed Manor In Vlurestun Ulverston Turulf had six carucates to be taxed In Bodeltun Bolton six carucates to be taxed in Dene Dean alias Deyn one carucate

Effigies & Brasses

John Harington, 4th Baron Harington(d.1418) and his wife Elizabeth Courtenay


Effigy of John Harington (1384–1418), 4th Baron Harington in St. Dubricius Church, Porlock in Somerset, alongside that of his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Courtenay, 3rd Earl of Devon.

John Harington, 4th Baron Harington

Although he died in 1417, his distinctive English style plate armour can be dated closer to c.1440.

via Effigies & Brasses: John Harington.

His younger brother, William succeed him as 5th Baron Harington.

His widow married William Bonville, 1st Baron Bonville, KG (c.1392/3 – 18 February 1461) as his second wife, before 9 October 1427. They had no issue.

Lucy Harington

Lucy Harington
Lucy Harington (1581-1627),

To Lucy, Countess of Bedford, with John Donne’s Satires

by Ben Jonson

Lucy, you brightness of our sphere, who are
Life of the Muses’ day, their morning star!
If works, not th’ author’s, their own grace should look,
Whose poems would not wish to be your book?
But these, desir’d by you, the maker’s ends
Crown with their own. Rare poems ask rare friends.
Yet satires, since the most of mankind be
Their unavoided subject, fewest see;
For none e’er took that pleasure in sin’s sense
But, when they heard it tax’d, took more offence.
They, then, that living where the matter is bred,
Dare for these poems, yet, both ask and read
And like them too, must needfully, though few,
Be of the best; and ‘mongst those best are you,
Lucy, you brightness of our sphere, who are
The Muses’ evening, as their morning star.

Lucy Harington

Portrait medal of Lucy Harington, countess of Bedford (1581-1627), by Nicholas Briot (c.1579-1646), oval cast and chased silver, obv. LVCIA HARINGHTON COM BEDFOR, bust left wearing coronet ruff and plume of heron feathers; rev. IVDICIO NON METV, serpent with tail coiled around its head; engraved signature on truncation (‘N. Briot’), dated 1625 (unique and unpublished), 53 x 42 mm.

Lucy Harington, wife of the 3rd duke of Bedford, was one of the most interesting and vivacious women in court circles. She was a friend of James I’s queen, Anne of Denmark, and daughter, Elizabeth of Bohemia, and a patroness of John Donne, Ben Jonson and Indigo Jones, who designed a number of Masque costumes for her. A portrait at Woburn Abbey shows her in one of these, wearing a plume of heron feathers similar to that shown on the medal. The medal of Lucy Harington is only known from this piece, which may well have been the sole specimen produced for presentation to the sitter.

Nicholas Briot (c.1579-c.1646) was a celebrated French coin engraver, medallist and inventor of minting machinery. He held the post of engraver-general at the Paris mint (1606-25), but in Summer 1625 moved to Britain where he became the principal die engraver at the Royal Mint and master of the mint in Edinburgh (1635-9). During the Civil War he was attached to the king’s court. This silver medal, produced shortly after his arrival in England, is of an exquisite quality that only Briot was capable of at this period.

via Portrait medal of Lucy Harington, countess of Bedford (1581-1627)

Countess of Bedord

via Countess of Bedford Lucy Harrington by Marcus Gheeraerts (David David Gallery) | Grand Ladies | gogm.