FARINGTON, Sir Richard, 1st Bt. (c.1644-1719), of South Street, Chichester, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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4 Jan. - 28 Mar. 1681
1698 - 1700
1708 - 1713
1715 - 7 Aug. 1719

Family and Education

b. c.1644, 2nd s. of John Farington† of Chichester by Anne, da. of John May of Lavant, Suss.  m. (1) lic. 28 Feb. 1671, aged 27, Elizabeth, da. of William Marlott of Itchingfield, Suss., 3s. d.v.p.; (2) lic. 24 May 1687, Elizabeth (d. c.1739), da. and h. of John Peachey of Eartham, Suss., s.pcr. Bt. 17 Dec. 1697.1

Offices Held

Sheriff, Suss. 1696–7.


Some four generations of Faringtons had lived in Chichester, which both Farington and his father had represented under Charles II. Described during the Restoration period as a ‘fanatic’ in religion, Farington had been a supporter of Monmouth in 1683 and was arrested on Monmouth’s invasion 1685. He may have been a Whig ‘collaborator’ in 1687–8, which would possibly explain his defeats at Chichester in 1690 and 1695, even though on the latter occasion he enjoyed the support of a local magnate, the Earl of Tankerville. Farington did eventually succeed: having married his eldest son to the daughter of local Tory Sir Thomas Miller* in 1697, he stood successfully in the 1698 election with Miller’s son, John. Queried as a Court supporter in a comparative list of the old and new Parliaments of about September 1698, he in fact voted for the disbanding bill on 18 Jan. 1699, although in the next session an analysis of the House of early 1700 listed him in the Junto interest. It is not known whether he stood in the first general election of 1701, but he was certainly defeated in the second.2

Farington returned to Parliament for Chichester in 1708 after a local agreement had been made between the parties, in which Farington had been involved on the Whig side, to avoid futu