HENNING, Henry (c.1646-99), of Poxwell, Dorset

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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11 Nov. 1680 - Mar. 1681

Family and Education

b. c.1646, o. (posth.) s. of Edmund Henning of Poxwell by Joan, da. of Henry Henley of Leigh, Winsham, Som.  m. 1662, Ursula (d. 1694), da. of Thomas Achim of Pelynt, Cornw., 1s. d.v.p. 1da.  suc. fa. at birth.

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Henning had represented Weymouth since 1680 and was returned again in 1690. After the election he was listed as a Whig by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†), who forecast in December that Henning would support him in the event of an attack in the Commons. He left little trace in the parliamentary record, except on account of absence or illness. Sent for in custody on 16 Nov. 1691 as a defaulter on a call of the House, he was discharged on 3 Dec. On 14 Feb. 1693 he obtained a fortnight’s leave of absence for the recovery of his health. A defaulter again on 16 Mar. 1694, he was excused only after a division. This favourable verdict was followed by the granting of a fortnight’s leave, ‘it appearing to this House that he was ill of the stone’. He did not stand for Parliament in 1695, and died on 26 Nov. 1699, leaving his estate to his daughter, who had married Thomas Trenchard* four years previously.1

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Hutchins, Dorset, i. 408.