The Head Baronetcy, of The Hermitage in the County of Kent, was created in the Baronetage of England on 19 June 1676 for Richard Head, Member of Parliament for Rochester. The eighth Baronet was a colonial administrator and served as Governor General of Canada from 1854 to 1861. On his death in 1868 the title became extinct. See also the 1838 creation below.
The Head Baronetcy, of Rochester in the County of Kent, was created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 14 July 1838 for Francis Head, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1836 to 1838. He was the son of James Roper Mendes Head and grandson of Moses Mendes, husband of Anna Gabriella, daughter and co-heir of the fourth Baronet of the 1676 creation. His father had assumed by Royal license the surname of Head in lieu of Mendes in 1770. The Mendes family descended from Fernando Mendes, a Sephardi Jew who came to England in 1662 as personal physician to Catherine of Braganza.
Head baronets, of The Hermitage (1676)
- Sir Richard Head, 1st Baronet (c. 1609-1689)
- Sir Francis Head, 2nd Baronet (c. 1670-1716)
- Sir Richard Head, 3rd Baronet (c. 1692-1721)
- Sir Francis Head, 4th Baronet (c. 1693-1768)
- Sir John Head, 5th Baronet (c. 1702-1769)
- Sir Edmund Head, 6th Baronet (1733–1796)
- Sir John Head, 7th Baronet (1773–1838)
- Sir Edmund Walker Head, 8th Baronet (1805–1868)
Head baronets, of Rochester (1838)
- Sir Francis Bond Head, KCH, 1st Baronet (1793–1875)
- Sir Francis Somerville Head, 2nd Baronet (1817–1887)
- Sir Robert Garnett Head, 3rd Baronet (1845–1907)
- Sir Robert Pollock Somerville Head, 4th Baronet (1884–1924)
- Sir Francis David Somerville Head, 5th Baronet (1916–2005)
- Sir Richard Douglas Somerville Head, 6th Baronet (born 1951)
The heir presumptive to the baronetcy is Patrick John Somerville Head (born 1943),eldest son of the 2nd and youngest son of the 4th Baronet, John Kenelm Somerville Head (1918-2010).
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