Bristol 7th Feb 1895

One of the prettiest weddings of the season was celebrated yesterday afternoon at Emmanuel Church, Weston-super-Mare, the bride and bridegroom being  Mr John Gerhard Tiarks, son of the Rev J. G, Tiarks, M.A., of Loxton Rectory, Weston-super-Mare, and Miss Ada Constance Helen Harington, only child of  the late Rev Edward Templer Harington, M.A, vicar of Exmoutb, Devon, and Mrs Harington, of Kelston,  Weston-super-Mare, and granddaughter of the late  Capt. E. Musgrave Harington, R.N., of Kelston House, Ryde, Isle of Wight.

The Rev J. G, Tiarks, M.A., father of the bridegroom and rector of Loxton, officiated, asisted by the Rev J. Harrington Cottle  (uncle of the bride), the Rev Prebendary W. W. Aldridge (vicar of Emmanuel), and the Rev Prebendary James Coleman, M,A. (Rural Dean and vicar of Cheddar, Somerset).

There were six bridesmaids in attendance on the bride, these young ladies being the Misses Muriel and Mary Alexander (cousins of the bride), the Misses Gertrude and Emily Tiarks (sisters of the bridegroom), Miss Nora Pickin and Miss Kitty Harris.  The Rev Lewis H. Tiarks (brother of the bridegroom) was best man, and Mr  Frank C. Tiarks, Mr Hermann A. Tiarks, and Mr Canning Turner acted as groomsmen.

The bride who arrived in good time, was accompanied by her mother, who during the singing of a nuptial hymn and preceded by the full choir and clergy led her up the centre aisle, and in due course gave her away, She selected a wedding dress of white satin brocade, with a long Court train, The bodice was trimmed with embroldered chiffon and tiny sprays of orange blossoms; Her tulle veil surmounted a small wreath of the same blossom in her hair, and she carried a large bouquet of Lily of the valley (the gift of the bridegroom).

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the  bride’s mother held a large reception at West Bay House, Later in the afternoon Mr and Mrs John G. Tiarks left for Devonshire, where the honeymoon is due to be spent, the bride’s going away dress being rifle green cloth, trimmed with old rose silk and black silk braid; black velvet hat, trimmed with black feathers;  and short cloak of violet velvet, trimmed with smoke fox fur.

source: Bristol Mercury 7th Feb 1895

via Tiarks/Harington m 1895 | Weston-super-Mare & District Family History Society.

John E Musgrave Harrington

In an article published in 2005, Sir Roy Strong, former director of the National Portrait Gallery, lamented the breaking up of local collections of portraits as English stately homes faced repurposing or destruction throughout the 20th century.

via “A New Portrait of Mary Rogers, Lady Harington” by Edwards, John Stephan – British Art Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 2, Autumn 2011 | Online Research Library: Questia.

In 1907, John E Musgrave Harrington loaned the Harington family portraits from Kelston to the Victoria Art Gallery (Bath, England) and edited an eleven page, Descriptive catalogue of the Harington loan pictures.

John Harrington of Stepney (c.1517–1582)

Sir John Harington

Mary Rogers, Lady Harington

By the 1930s, final dispersal of the collection of the Harington family of Kelston began through a series of brokered private sales to buyers that included Lord Deramore and the collector Eric Bullivant. The remnants of the collection were eventually liquidated by sale at public auction in July 1942 following the death of John E Musgrave Harrington.

memories of Stepney

John’s earliest memories go back to Stepney:

"To speake of the furthest of my memorye, I remember how the Lord Haistinges of Loughborrowe came to dynner to my father’s, who lay then at Stepney, and while prayers were saieng he walked out into the garden, which my mother taking ill, for she was ever zealous in her faith, said to her brother Mr. Thomas Marckham (who brought the same Lord Haistings thither) that if he brought guestes thither that scorned to pray with her, she would scorne they should eate with her."

John Harington found distinguished godparents for his son. The Queen herself stood godmother, and William, Earl of Pembroke, was his godfather. It appears that the family continued to live at the

"Prebende howse neere the Bushops Pallace of London."

The father’s later career was one of moderate prosperity, and there is a grant of arms to him in 1568. He died at Lambeth in 1582, and was buried in the Parish Church of St. Gregory by St. Paul’s. The mother was of the Queen’s privy chamber until her death in 1579.

via Full text of "Letters and epigrams of Sir John Harington, together with The prayse of private life".


Essex took me to Ireland; I had scant time to put on my boots; I followed with good will, and did return with the Lord Lieutenant to meet ill will

via English Mercuries: Soldier Poets in the Age of Shakespeare

John Harington of Kelston had been warned by his friends and family to maintain his distance from the Earl of Essex and cap his wit. He made the mistake of allowing Essex to bestow knighthood upon him on July 30, 1599.

The whole venture was a grand failure. Upon his return, Essex was removed from his position, tried, and placed under house arrest. Having associated himself too closely with Essex, Harington faced the Queen’s anger.

Queen Elizabeth also took an active interest in her godson, “Boye Jack” as she called him. On at least one occasion she sent him a copy of a speech she had delivered before Parliament. Showing an early inclination for literary endeavors, Harington translated Foxe’s Book of Martyrs into Latin.

Although not an exceptionally hardworking student, Harington performed academically well enough to matriculate at King’s College, Cambridge, in 1576, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1577 (or 1578) and master’s degree in 1581. While at Cambridge, Harington maintained the status of filius nobilis, an ancient title assigned to sons of noblemen and bishops. Considering his father’s lack of a noble designation, the entitlement bestowed on Harington gives evidence to the influence of his relationship as the Queen’s godson.

via John Harington Facts.