Henry Farington was born c1634 the son of William Farington of Worden and his wife Katherine, the daughter of Richard Fleetwood of Penwortham. He married Susanna sometime before 1656, and in 1664 they had three children, Henry, aged eight, Margaret and Catherine. 
He was a major in the militia by 1678, as witness a letter to him from the Earl of Derby dated May 16th of that year. The letter gives a clear description of the arms of militiamen at this time:
Every Musqueteer is to have a musquet the burrell whereof is not to be under 3 foot in length, and the gage of the bore to bee for 12 bullets to ye pound ; a collar of Bandeliers, with a Sword. Every Pikeman is to bee armed with a pike of Asshe not under 16 foot in length, (the head and foot included) with back, breast, head-piece and sword. And every Musqueteer is to bring with him [for four days’ training] half a pound of Powder and half a pound of Bullets; and every Musqueteer that serves with a Matchlock shall carry with him 3 yards of Match. 
In 1683 the earl was writing to Farington ordering him to seize arms and ammunition from a number of Lancashire gentry including Sir Charles Hoghton. Lawrence Rawstorne also signed the orders. In November 1688 Farington was receiving orders from Derby to muster the earl’s regiment and drill the men in readiness for action.