The title was created in 1815 for the military commander General Sir George Harris. He gained fame as Commander-in-Chief at the siege and capture of Seringapatam and the conquest of Mysore in India in 1799. He was also injured at the Battle of Bunker Hill in the American Revolutionary War. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Baron. He was a Lieutenant-General in the Army. His son, the third Baron, served as Governor of Madras and also held minor office in the second Liberal administration of Lord Palmerston. His son, the fourth Baron, was a Conservative politician and served as Under-Secretary of State for India, Under-Secretary of State for War and Governor of Bombay. Lord Harris was also a successful cricketer.
On the death of his grandson, the sixth Baron, in 1995, the line of the eldest son of the first Baron failed. The late Baron was succeeded by his fourth cousin, the seventh Baron. He was the great-great-grandson of the Hon. Michael Thomas Harris, second son of the first Baron. As of 2010[update] the title is held by his son, the eighth Baron, who succeeded in 1996.
Barons Harris (1815)
- George Harris, 1st Baron Harris (1746–1829)
- William George Harris, 2nd Baron Harris (1782–1845)
- George Francis Robert Harris, 3rd Baron Harris (1810–1872)
- Robert George Canning Harris, 4th Baron Harris (1851–1932)
- George St Vincent Harris, 5th Baron Harris (1889–1984)
- George Robert John Harris, 6th Baron Harris (1920–1995)
- Derek Marshall Harris, 7th Baron Harris (1916–1996)
- Anthony Harris, 8th Baron Harris (b. 1942)
The heir presumptive is the present holder's kinsman Rear-Admiral Michael George Temple Harris (b. 1941). He is a great-great-great grandson of the second Baron.
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- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]