This essentially captures various transcriptions, ordered more or less chronologically. It may help you find your way through the material if you are aware that they relate to a number of phases or episodes in Captain Harrington’s career.
(A) Captain Harrington’s service at sea with the East India Company.
Captain Harrington’s promotion, which was very rapid despite his losing the Ganges. This may not be unconnected with many of the vessels on which he sailed bring owned by William Moffatt, his brother in law.
(B) Captain Harrington’s plan to settle at St Helena, and set up in business there as a merchant.
Captain Harrington was given to understand by Governor Beatson of St Helena that he would be able to lease a certain plot of land at St Helena on the strength of which he had constructed a prefabricated house and warehouse. He shipped the prefabricated buildings to St Helena on the Scaleby Castle, which he commanded, only to be told by Governor Beatson’s successor, Governor Wilks, that that plot of land could not be made available to him. Captain Harrington took the prefabricated house and warehouse to the Cape of Good Hope, but delayed there so long erecting the buildings that on his eventual return to England he was dismissed from the East India Company’s service.
(C) Captain Harrington’s time as a merchant at the Cape of Good Hope, which more or less coincided with the period during which Napoleon was held in custody at St Helena (1815-1821).
St Helena remained an East India Company possession, but Governor Wilks was replaced as governor by the Government’s nominee, Lieutenant General Sir Hudson Lowe. Captain Harrington incurred Sir Hudson Lowe’s displeasure on several counts.
(a) Prior to Sir Hudson Lowe’s arrival at St Helena, Napoleon ordered a phaeton from the Cape of Good Hope through William Balcombe, who had been appointed as Napoleon’s purveyor. Captain Harrington acted as Mr Balcombe’s agent at the Cape. The phaeton was subsequently returned to Captain Harrington for sale, as no longer being required. The phaeton failed to sell and was returned to St Helena. Captain Harrington’s account for his expenses was not settled. Sir Hudson Lowe took exception to Captain Harrington giving credence, as a possible explanation, to a newspaper report that the phaeton had been broken up on its return to St Helena when being searched for concealed correspondence.
(b) Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm, the Royal Navy’s Commander in Chief at the Cape of Good Hope (and St Helena) allocated a certain tonnage on government transport vessels to Captain Harrington, supposedly for stores from the Cape ordered by Mr Balcombe, by the Officers’ Messes of the various regiments stationed at St Helena, and by the Commissioners of the Allied Powers stationed at St Helena. Sir Hudson Lowe took exception to this arrangement, which he suspected would be used for wholly private trade and give Captain Harrington a favoured position/monopolistic advantage. (Sir Hudson Lowe’s doubts about Captain Harrington’s attempts to establish a regular trade between the Cape and St Helena were a recurring theme of his governorship.) In his despatch of February 24 1818 to Earl Bathurst, the Minister to whom he reported, Sir Hudson Lowe refers to a connection between Captain Harrington’s wife and Lady Malcolm. Sir Hudson Lowe was not on particularly good terms with Admiral Malcolm. This may have partly determined his attitude.
(c) Sir Hudson Lowe took exception to Captain Harrington urging the merchants at St Helena to make representations to him about the restrictions on trade between the Cape of Good Hope and that Island and seeking to involve the Admiral.
(d) Sir Hudson Lowe took exception to Captain Harrington seeming to presume that, when returning to England by the Heroine, he would be able to land at St Helena after contacting the then Admiral and without reference to the governor.
In 1821 Captain Harrington seems to have set up in Singapore a trading branch of his Cape of Good Hope business and to have visited Singapore in 1824.
(E) French Patent
Captain Harrington may have returned to England in 1827. He seems to have been granted a French patent for improvements in cables, &c. in 1828.
Captain Harrington was declared bankrupt in 1829. It is not known how this came about. There are papers at the National Archives which may throw some light on the matter.
(G) Master attendant at Calcutta
Captain Harrington may have moved to Calcutta in 1830, eventually becoming Master attendant there (despite previously having been dismissed by the East India Company but perhaps with the assistance of those of his brothers living in India). (This smacks of the black sheep of the family being shipped out to the Empire.)
Thomas Talbot Harrington was christened at St. Edmunds, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England in 1781.
Thomas Talbot Harrington
09 Mar 1781
St. Edmunds, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
09 Sep 1780
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Thomas married Jemima Douglas presumably some time before the birth of their first child in 1811 however no internet search has revealed a record of this marriage.
Thomas married Mary Amelia Fishwick on 26th November 1831
(6) 1810/1 Bombay and China. Capt Thomas Talbot Harington. Torbay 12 May 1811 - 6 Sep Bombay - 22 Dec Batavia - 9 Mar 1812 Whampoa - 29 Mar Second - 23 Jul St Helena - 24 Oct Downs. (7) 1813/4 St Helena, Batavia and China. Capt Thomas Talbot Harington. Portsmouth 31 Dec 1813 - 5 Apr 1814 St Helena - 26 May Cape - 31 Aug Batavia - 7 Oct Samarang - 24 Dec Amboina - 28 Feb 1815 Whampoa - 25 Mar Second Bar - 24 May Batavia - 28 Jul Cape - 11 Sep St Helena - 14 Nov Downs.
In 1829 he was the subject of a bankruptcy Commission hearing
The Commissioners in a Commission of Bankrupt, bearing the date of the 7th May 1829, awarded and issued forth against Thomas Talbot Harington, of Cornhill, in the City Of London, Merchant, Dealer and Chapman, formerly a Captain in the East India Company's Naval Service.....
Lived in Simon's Town, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Death and Burial
The details given in the Visitation Of England place Thomas's death in 1837 in Calcutta, however there exists an entry in India Death and Burials which gives his burial date 30th November 1841. This is the death/burial date chosen. This is definitely the correct person as his occupation is given as Capt. & Master Attendant.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Thomas by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: