Baron Henniker, of Stratford-upon-Slaney in County Wicklow, is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1800 for Sir John Henniker, 2nd Baronet, who had previously represented Sudbury and Dover in the House of Commons. His son, the second Baron, also sat as a Member of Parliament. In 1792 he assumed by Royal license the additional surname of Major (which was that of his maternal grandfather; see below). He was childless and was succeeded by his nephew, the third Baron. He assumed the additional surname of Major by Royal license in 1822. His son, the fourth Baron, represented Suffolk East in Parliament. In 1866 he was created Baron Hartismere, of Hartismere in the County of Suffolk, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. This title gave him and his descendants an automatic seat in the House of Lords. He was succeeded by his son, the fifth Baron. He also sat as Member of Parliament for Suffolk East and later held minor office in the Conservative administrations of Benjamin Disraeli and Lord Salisbury. His grandson, the eighth Baron, was a prominent diplomat and notably served as British Ambassador to Jordan and to Denmark. As of 2010[update] the titles are held by his son, the ninth Baron, who succeeded in 2004.
The Baronetcy, of Worlingsworth Hall in the County of Suffolk, was created in the Baronetage of Great Britain in 1765 for John Major, with remainder to the aforementioned John Henniker, the husband of his daughter Anne. Major notably represented Scarborough in the House of Commons. He was succeeded according to the special remainder by his son-in-law, the second Baronet, who was elevated to the Peerage of Ireland in 1800.
As of 30 June 2006, the present holder of the baronies has not successfully proven his succession to the baronetcy and is therefore not on the Official Roll of the Baronetage. However, the case is under review by the Registrar of the Baronetage (for more information follow this link).
Major, later Henniker Baronets of Worlingsworth Hall (1765)
- Sir John Major, 1st Baronet (1698–1781)
- Sir John Henniker, 2nd Baronet (1724–1803) (created Baron Henniker in 1800)
Barons Henniker of Stratford-on-Slaney (1800)
- John Henniker, 1st Baron Henniker (1724–1803)
- John Henniker-Major, 2nd Baron Henniker (1752–1821)
- John Minet Henniker-Major, 3rd Baron Henniker (1777–1832)
- John Henniker-Major, 4th Baron Henniker (1801–1870)
- John Major Henniker-Major, 5th Baron Henniker (1842–1902)
- Charles Henry Chandos Henniker-Major, 6th Baron Henniker (1872–1956)
- John Ernest de Grey Henniker-Major, 7th Baron Henniker (1883–1980)
- John Patrick Edward Chandos Henniker-Major, 8th Baron Henniker (1916–2004)
- Mark Ian Philip Chandos Henniker-Major, 9th Baron Henniker (b. 1947)
- Hon. Frederick John Chandos Henniker-Major (1983-2005)
- The London Gazette: . 5 August 1800.
- The London Gazette: . 13 July 1866.
- The London Gazette: . 6 July 1765.
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]