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Henry the younger, his lord the King, it appears rather to have been founded in the beginning of that reign; for William the elder, Earl of Pembroke, died in the fourth or fifth year of the reign of Henry III. He gave it, never to be erected into an abbey, to the canons regular of St. Austin, reserving to himself and his heirs the right of granting them the conge[acute] d'lire of a prior, who should be independent of all others. Under the north wall, a little below the altar, is the tomb-stone of William de Walton, prior of Cartmel. He is mentioned in the confirmation diploma of Edward II, and must have been one of the first priors. Opposite to this is a magnificent tomb of a Harrington and his lady, which Mr. Pennant thinks may be of Sir John Harrington, who, in 1305, was summoned by Edward I, 'with numbers of other gallant gentlemen, to meet him at Carlisle, and attend him on his expedition in to Scotland.' But it agrees better with a John de Harrington, called John of Cartmel, or his son, of Wrasholme-tower, in Cartmel, as Sir Daniel Fleming's account of that family has it, M.S.L.A. 1.132. The head of the Harrington family, Sir John Harrington, in the reign of Edward I, was of Aldingham, and lived at Gleaston-castle, in Furness, and died in an advanced age, in 1347; and is more probably the Sir John
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