Kit Harington

by follers on October 5, 2012

Kit Harington

Birth Name: Christopher Catesby Harington

Place of Birth: Acton, Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 26 December, 1986

Ethnicity: English, with some Scottish, Northern Irish, Welsh, and Dutch, as well as distant Spanish (roughly 1/128th), German, and French

Kit Harington is an English actor. He is the son of Deborah Jane (Catesby), a playwright, and Sir David Richard Harington, 15th Baronet, a businessperson.

Kit’s father is from a prominent family, with traceable genealogy going back before the 1500s, and including many Earls, Dukes, Baronets, Peers, and Viscounts, as well as Kit’s paternal eight times great-grandfather, Charles II of England, who was King of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1660 to 1685, and King of Scotland from 1649 to 1651. Among Kit’s other ancestors are bacon merchant T. A. Denny, clergyman Baptist Wriothesley Noel, and Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville. Many of Kit’s mother’s ancestors lived in India and South Africa as part of colonialism/European settlements.

Most of Kit’s ancestry is English, along with some Scottish, Northern Irish, Welsh, and Dutch, roots. As well, one of his great-great-great-great-great-grandmothers, Rafaela del Gardo, was Spanish, born in Minorca, one of the Balearic Islands of Spain. If both of Rafaela’s parents were Spanish, that would make Kit of 1/128th Spanish ancestry. Kit also has distant German and French ancestry. Even further back on his family tree, he has Italian, other Spanish, Polish, Lithuanian, Austrian, and Danish ancestry, all in the 1500s or before that (many of those lineages are through Kit’s descent from Charles II).

Kit’s paternal grandfather was John Charles Dundas Harington (the son of Sir Richard Harington, 12th Baronet, and of Selina Louisa Grace Dundas). Sir Richard was the son of Sir Richard Harington, 11th Baronet, and of Frances Agnata Biscoe. Selina was the daughter of Charles Saunders Melville Dundas, 6th Viscount Melville of Melville, and of Grace Selina Marion Scully.

Kit’s paternal grandmother was Lavender Cecilia Denny (the daughter of Ernest Wriothesley Denny and Lois Marjorie Legge). Ernest was the son of Thomas Anthony Denny and Mary Jane Noel. Lois was the daughter of Edward Henry Legge and Cordelia Twysden Molesworth.

Kit’s maternal grandfather was Maurice William Catesby (the son of William Charles Catesby and Gladys Lilian Florence Bascomb). Kit’s great-grandfather William was the son of William Edward Catesby and Elizabeth Dunton. Gladys was the daughter of Alfred Theodore Bascomb and Martha Jane Hudson.

Kit’s maternal grandmother was Philippa Mary Evans (the daughter of Thomas Charles Cann Evans and Isabella Dorothy Joyce Dennys). Kit’s great-grandfather Thomas, who was born in England, was the son of Thomas G. C. Evans and Mary, and was a Major in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.

Kit’s great-grandmother Isabella was an artist, known professionally as Joyce Dennys. Isabella was born in Simla, India, the daughter of Charles John Dennys and Lucy Winewood Tulloch, and had Dutch, Scottish, German, English, and distant French, ancestry. Biographical material on Isabella, as well as two pictures, can be found here.

Kit’s matrilineal line can be traced back to his great-great-great-great-grandmother, Rachel Susan Gibbon, who was born c. 1810.

Sources: Genealogy of Kit Harington – https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Kit Harington (focusing on his father’s side) – http://thepeerage.com
http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Kit Harington (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Biographical information about Kit’s maternal great-grandmother, Isabella Dorothy Joyce Dennys – http://www.daao.org.au

image via kathclick/Bigstock.com

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andrew September 5, 2016 at 4:54 pm
Sage February 28, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Could’ve have chosen a better pic of him…

HamarFFox November 16, 2015 at 7:35 pm

While he has a good deal of Dutch (and German) ancestry by way of South Africa, I’m not sure they were actually Afrikaner. I was able to trace every South African-born ancestor’s lineage back to Europe, without exception. Most, if not all, Afrikaners have reasonably significant non-European ancestry, and , provided the personal trees I studied were correct, Kit has none. Because Kit’s South African ancestors were clearly blue bloods, given the titles and rank many have, this is probably why they remained insulated from intermarriage with ethnic Afrikaners, who were common folk.

There are two ancestors I’ve found so far whom I can’t trace back to Europe. One is Lucy Winewood, born 1832 in India (British subject). She is his matrilineal ancestor. Since you name Rachel Susan Gibbon, born 1810, as his matrilineal ancestor, it seems you’ve gone back an additional generation to me, and she must be Lucy’s mother. However, I can’t find her in anyone’s tree or in any records.

The other is Grace Selina Marion Scully born in 1844 in Rio De Janeiro. Her father is reportedly a William Scully. I can’t find anything on the mother.

follers November 16, 2015 at 10:34 pm

I never thought of Afrikaners as being of part African descent. But I can remove the word since it’s not that important.

Lucy Winewood Tulloch’s mother was Lucy Cosserat, was she not? Not Lucy Winewood.

Lucy Tulloch’s father was listed as Surgeon John Tulloch, M.D.

Surgeon John Tulloch, M.D. is also listed as the father of an Alexander Cosserat Tulloch.

John Tulloch and Lucy Cosserat married in 1858, and had Alexander in 1866. I assume Lucy was born in between, given that she is mentioned as John’s eldest child.

Lucy as the daughter of John, M.D. – https://books.google.ca/books?id=kZgEAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA229&dq=Lucy+Winewood+Tulloch&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CBcQ6AEwAWoVChMIh9erj-uWyQIVgzc-Ch2kvAQ2

Alexander as the son of John, M.D. – https://books.google.ca/books?id=4PwBAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA352&lpg=PA352&dq=%22COSSERAT%22+%22TULLOCH%22&source=bl&ots=bgQ-k-FhQV&sig=Cz-ZbxYSPEPZZUI-3NNorKVR_vM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CBMQ6AEwAGoVChMI-dz6yuqWyQIVwjo-Ch3XDAb4

John and Lucy’s marriage record – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGNM-4C9

HamarFFox November 17, 2015 at 6:11 am

Thanks, I’ve corrected the tree I’m making. I don’t have access to Indian records, so I had to rely on other trees.

Devotion October 26, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Hey Kit, so what’s your ethnicity?

Well I’m English, Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch, Austrian….

*falls asleep*

Italian, Polish, Spanish, Lithuanian….

*wakes up*

And German…I think that’s it.

athelya November 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

he has some royal blood so that explains it

California July 24, 2015 at 8:43 pm

He looks 100% Spanish.

J420 October 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Most British people have Spanish blood, both nations are of R1B DNA.

Alice October 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

R1b is ydna and it is from the Steppes. Also the most common R1b in Britain and Ireland is L21 and in Spain it is DF27 so different subclades. Most British and Irish don’t have Spanish blood.

J420 October 21, 2015 at 11:36 pm

Wrong. Most of the British descend from the ancient Basques and that has been proven countless times. They didn’t just pop up in the UK from out of nowhere.

Alice October 22, 2015 at 12:49 am

J420 – I think you need to do some research. Most British are not descended from ancient Basque. This is from an old and outdated study. Are you getting your information from Oppenheimer which is a very old study and has been shown to be incorrect?

Latest dna evidence is that R1b spread with Yamnaya from the Pontic-Caspian Steppes. There is no dispute about this. R1b is actually young in Europe and was spread in the Bronze Age. It is not from the Franco-Cantabrian Ice Age Refuge.

Autosomally British and Irish and Scots in particular are distant to the Basque.

http://www.nature.com/news/steppe-migration-rekindles-debate-on-language-origin-1.16935

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v522/n7555/full/nature14317.html

There is loads of information on this if you want to research.

British descend from Basque is completely inaccurate and has not been proven countless times. Another study you could look is the the People of the British Isles study. These are very recent genetic studies.

crunty February 27, 2016 at 1:56 pm

The comments on here get more ridiculous and hilarious every day. I showed this comment to 2 haplotype specialists in Scotland and they burst out laughing for about 5 minutes.

J420 October 22, 2015 at 6:33 am

I have heard about Britons descending from Middle Eastern farmers and hunter gatherers before, so this is not old news. That was way before they even entered Europe. I was referring to their closer descendants. Haplogroups have drifted overtime and the British have more in common with the people of Spain than the far east.

J420 October 22, 2015 at 6:35 am

Not recent news** I meant..

Alice October 23, 2015 at 10:36 am

Why are you talking about Middle Eastern farmers and hunter gatherers when the link I’ve put in is about Yamnaya?

All Europeans are a mixture of WHG (Western European Hunter Gatherer), EEF (Early European Farmer) and ANE (Ancestral North Eurasian). These are ancient components.

Haplogroups don’t drift and also the only way to compare populations is with autosomal dna. Populations like the Irish and British cluster with northern Europeans and Spanish and Portuguese cluster with Southern French and Northern Italians.

Read some good genetic forums that discuss the subject in depth.

I’m very into dna. I’ve tested with 23andme, Ancestry and FTDNA. It’s a passion of mine.

J420 October 26, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Because the link you sent clearly mentions Middle Eastern farmers and hunter gathers as well as Yamnaya.

Haplogroups HAVE drifted and changed through the period of evolution. British and Irish people definitely do not cluster with Northern Europeans as much, in fact they are much less related to them than they are with the Spanish.

The UK is an extremely diverse melting pot of different genetic male up which has changed it from what it use to be. It has been conquered so many times that you cannot implement them as one group of people.

HamarFFox November 17, 2015 at 6:20 am

This is the problem that always arises when people who obviously know nothing about a subject nonetheless feel their voice should be heard.

British people are not ‘extremely diverse’. No part of the British Isles is significantly genetically different from any other, and many studies identify British Isles populations as among the world’s least admixed (in terms of significantly divergent components). Also, ‘northern Europeans’ aren’t a genetically homogeneous group, so while it is correct that Britons are more related to Spaniards than they are to, say, Finns, it is certainly *not* true that Britons are more related to Spaniards than they are to Dutch, Danes, Northern Germans, Belgians etc.

“which has changed it from what it use to be.”

Not at all. All ancient genomes from Britain that have been analysed have been genetically similar to modern Britons.

Judging by how wrong you are about everything, I’m guessing you’re a member of The Apricity.

Hill April 4, 2017 at 10:16 am

sorry but having less than 1% spanish or anything else isn’t enough to affect the way someone looks. you can stop this conversation.

andrew April 4, 2017 at 12:29 pm

@hill

This is how this site works. To be 1/16 Maltese or genetically 0.1% SSA can dramatically be more important than anything else.

blue April 6, 2017 at 2:47 pm

The DNA results of british and american people (White) have between 2,7 or 10 % of iberian península DNA in them wihtout having families of spanish origin (from spain). If you have a relative of spanish origin, or even french or italian (wich have iberian península dna) increases the resaults.

In spain we have dna from british island, west europe, italian and scandinavian dna.

andrew April 7, 2017 at 5:14 am

About your latest statement, a bit more than that. Btw I would’t like to feed potential trolls.

nathtisdale June 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

he looks so spanish

andrew June 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

not at all

Fatmonkey March 4, 2014 at 11:51 am

What do you know, he’s actually a descendant of Henry IV of France! The things that genealogy reveals…

While we’re at the descendants of royalty, perhaps Catherine Oxenberg would be a fine addition to the site. And also her distant relative, Sebastian Arcelus.

ashash January 9, 2014 at 6:35 pm

His Spanish roots make him less ugly.

follers January 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

…She said with no bias whatsoever.

ihatemostpeople March 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm
andrew December 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

not me!

andrew December 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm

according to wikipedia Christopher is a descendant of Charles II of England, by his paternal grandmother Lavender Cecilia Denny.

scott December 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I read somewhere that most western europeans have royalty in their family tree

Tamsin May 2, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Charles’s wife, Catherine of Braganza, bore no live children, but Charles acknowledged at least twelve illegitimate children by various mistresses. This means that Kit Harrington is related to Charles 11 – Bar Sinister.
And if you think about it he won’t be the only one !! Twelve illegitimate children from around mid to late 1600s would produce several lines of genealogy to the present day. That is why it was so important for royality to produce legitimate heirs – the illegitimate ones just don’t count , or sir or prince or duke or anything !!

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