Sir John Harington

Sir John Harington

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death
20 Nov 1612 (aged 52)
Kelston, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Burial
Kelston, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England Add to Map
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Courtier, author and master of art, popularly known as the inventor of the flush toilet. He became a prominent member of Queen Elizabeth I's court, and was known as her 'saucy Godson'. The work for which he is best known today, A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, called the Metamorphosis of Ajax (1596) is a political allegory and a coded attack on the monarchy. It described a forerunner to the modern flush toilet that was installed at his house at Kelston. He had the honour of being accepted as a godson of the childless Queen, becoming one of her 102 godchildren. After the queen's death, his fortunes faltered at the court of the new King, James I. Towards the end of his life, Sir John Harington became the tutor to Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales.
Courtier, author and master of art, popularly known as the inventor of the flush toilet. He became a prominent member of Queen Elizabeth I's court, and was known as her 'saucy Godson'. The work for which he is best known today, A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, called the Metamorphosis of Ajax (1596) is a political allegory and a coded attack on the monarchy. It described a forerunner to the modern flush toilet that was installed at his house at Kelston. He had the honour of being accepted as a godson of the childless Queen, becoming one of her 102 godchildren. After the queen's death, his fortunes faltered at the court of the new King, James I. Towards the end of his life, Sir John Harington became the tutor to Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/101649781/john-harington: accessed ), memorial page for Sir John Harington (4 Aug 1560–20 Nov 1612), Find a Grave Memorial ID 101649781, citing St. Nicholas Churchyard, Kelston, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479).