English courtier and noblewoman most well known for her position in the court of Queen Elizabeth I.
She became a lady-in-waiting to Princess Elizabeth when she was young and was imprisoned in the Tower of London along with her on the orders of Queen Mary I.
When Elizabeth became Queen in 1558, she appointed her a Gentlewoman of the Privy Chamber.
She married the poet John Harington, and they had five children.
Her son, also named John Harington, invented the flush toilet.