HARINGTON, John Herbert. 1764 — London 9.4.1828. British Civil Servant and Oriental Scholar in India. In India 1780-1819 & 1822-28. Came to India in 1780 as a Writer of E.I.C., 1781 Assistant in Revenue Department, from 1783 Persian Translator there. After a period as Junior Judge in Delawanny Adawlut became in May 1793 Magistrate of Dinajpore and in December Sub-Secretary in Secret Department and Examiner and Reporter to Sudder Dewanny Adawlut. From 1796 Registrar of Sudder Dewanny and Nizamut Adawlut, 1799 Fourth Member of Board of Revenue, 1801 Puisne Judge of Sudder Dewanny and Nizamut Adawlut and 1811 Chief Judge of the same. In 1819-22 on furlough in England. Back in India in 1822 provisional Member of Supreme Council. In 1823 Agent to Governor-General in Delhi, 1825 Member of Supreme Council and President of Board of Trade. Retired in 1828, but died soon in London. He was also Professor of the Laws and Regulations of the British Government in India at College of Fort William and later President of Council of the College.
Publications: “Description of a Cave near Gyá”, As. Res. 1, 1788, 276-278 (a brief description of Bodh Gaya).
– edited: The Persian and Arabic Works of Sä‘dee. 1-2. 1791-95.
– An Elementary Analysis of the Laws and Regulations enacted by the Governor-General in Council at Fort William in Bengal… 1-3. 1805-17; abridged version: Extracts from… 1866.
Sources: D.N.B. 24, 1890, 389f.; Buckland, Dictionary; Wikipedia.