Sir Harford was descended from one Griffith Jones of Trewern,
Llanfihangel Nantmelan, who was the first of the family to take
a surname. He was sheriff of Radnorshire in 1549 and is famous
for killing his own brother Thomas in a violent quarrel.
A later family member, Colonel James Jones, lost an arm at Blenheim.
The Colonels third wife was Mary Harford of Bosbury and
her surname became a traditional christian name for sons of the
family, four generations of sons of the name Harford Jones served
as Sheriff of Radnorshire.
as it appears
The first baronet was born at
Harford House in Presteigne in 1764. He entered the service of
the East India Company at an early age and showed an aptitude
for oriental languages. His early successes earned him a baronetcy
in 1807 and the post of envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary
to the royal court of Persia which he held from 1807 to 1811.
His success there failed to secure him the advancement he wanted
in the Companys service and he resigned from it. His diplomatic
experiences left him with a keen interest in matters oriental,
however, and he published an account of his years in Persia along
with translations of Persian works and treatises on Britains
foreign policies in the East.
He denounced Britains conquest and annexation of Sind to
the directors of the East India Company and was not afraid of
putting forward his views at the highest level. He was given
an honourary DCL degree from Oxford in 1831 and was made a Privy
Councillor the following year.
There are two pages on Sir Harford