John Farrington d.1714
John FARRINGTON d.1714
Possibly the man of this name, originally from Worcestershire, who graduated BA at Queen's College, Oxford in 1683, though there are other possibilities in Foster. A lawyer by profession, who described himself in his will as being of the Inner Temple; at the time of his death he had property in London and Lincolnshire. According to an attribution by Anthony Wood, Farrington was the author of a Latin life of the Unitarian minister John Bidle (1615-62), published in 1682 (ESTC r24321).
Farrington's will has no mention of books; his estate and goods were left to his wife, and after that to his nephew John Philpott. His library was sold in London by retail sale in two parts, the English books beginning 19 February 1715, and the law books beginning 9 March 1715. The Catalogue of the law part comprised 345 lots, divided between law books (121 lots), English books (112 lots), and Latin books (112 lots). This catalogue also mentions "many more in all volumes and sciences, in a written catalogue".
None of Farrington's books have been identified.
- Will of John Farrington, The National Archives PROB 11/544/191.
- A catalogue of the law part of the library of Mr. John Farrington, 1715, (ESTC t28707).
- Alston, R. C. Inventory of sale catalogues 1676-1800. St Philip, 2010.
- Foster, J. Alumni Oxonienses. London, 1888.