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Codrington Edmund Carrington
File:Codrington Edmund Carrington Lawrence.jpg
Codrington Edmund Carrington, 1801 portrait by Thomas Lawrence
1st Chief Justice of Ceylon
In office
1801 – March 1806
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Edmund Henry Lushington
Personal details
Born (1769-10-22)October 22, 1769
Longwood, Hampshire
Died November 28, 1849(1849-11-28) (aged 80)
Alma mater Winchester College

Sir Codrington Edmund Carrington, FRS, FSA (22 October 1769 – 28 November 1849) was an English barrister, Chief justice of Ceylon, and a Member of Parliament.[1][2][3]


He was the son of Codrington Carrington, of the Blackmoor estate on Barbados, and the eldest daughter of the Rev. Edmund Morris, rector of Nutshalling, the friend of Lady Hervey; and was born at Longwood, Hampshire, on 22 October 1769. He was educated at Winchester College and called to the bar at the Middle Temple on 10 February 1792. In the same year he went to India, where, being admitted an advocate of the supreme court of judicature, he for some time acted at Calcutta as junior counsel to the East India Company, and made the acquaintance of Sir William Jones.[4]

Carrington returned to England for health reasons. in 1799. In 1800, still in England, he was called on to prepare a code of laws for Ceylon, and was then appointed the first chief justice of the supreme court of judicature that had been created. He was knighted before he embarked on his outward voyage.[4]

In 1806 Carrington was compelled by bad health to resign his post, and declined other colonial appointments. Having purchased an estate in Buckinghamshire, he became a magistrate and deputy-lieutenant of that county, where he acted for many years as chairman of the quarter sessions. He was created DCL and elected Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and honorary member of the Société Française Statistique Universelle.[4]

In June 1826 Carrington was elected Tory M.P. for St. Mawes, which he continued to represent till 1831. During his last years he resided mainly at St Helier in Jersey. He died at Exmouth on 28 November 1849.[4]


After the Manchester riots of 1819 Carrington published Inquiry into the Law relative to Public Assemblies of the People. He was also the author of a Letter to the Marquis of Buckingham on the Condition of Prisons (1819), and other pamphlets.[4]


  1. "CARRINGTON, Sir Codrington Edmund (1769-1849), of New House Place, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 9 November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Overview". Judicial Service Commission Secretariat. Retrieved 19 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. John Ferguson (1996) [1887]. Ceylon in the Jubilee Year (Repr. ed.). Asian Educational Services. p. 254. ISBN 978-81-206-0963-1. Retrieved 7 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1887). [ "Carrington, Codrington Edmund" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Dictionary of National Biography. 9. London: Smith, Elder & Co.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Legal offices
New office Chief Justice of Ceylon
Succeeded by
Edmund Henry Lushington