Baron Burnham

Baron Burnham, of Hall Barn in the Parish of Beaconsfield in the County of Buckingham, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[1] It was created on 31 July 1903 for the influential newspaper magnate Sir Edward Levy-Lawson, 1st Baronet, owner of The Daily Telegraph. He had already been created a Baronet, of Hall Barn in The Parish of Beaconsfield in the County of Buckingham and of Peterborough Court in the City of London, in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 13 October 1892.[2] Levy-Lawson was the son of Joseph Moses Levy, who acquired The Daily Telegraph only months after its founding.

Joseph Moses Levy, ancestor of the Barons Burnham, by Hubert von Herkomer, exhibited 1888

Lord Burnham was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Baron. He followed his father in the management and ownership of the newspaper, but sold it in 1928 to Lord Camrose and partners. Lord Burnham also sat as a Member of Parliament. On 16 May 1919, he was created Viscount Burnham, of Hall Barn in the County of Buckingham, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[3]

However, he had no surviving male issue and the viscountcy became extinct on his death, while he was succeeded in the baronetcy and barony by his younger brother, the third Baron. He was succeeded by his son, the fourth Baron. He was a Major-General in the Territorial Army. His younger son, the sixth Baron (who succeeded his elder brother in 1993), was active on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords and served as a Deputy Speaker between 1995 and 2001 and 2002 and 2005 and as Conservative Deputy Chief Whip from 1997 to 2001. Lord Burnham was one of the 90 elected hereditary peers who were allowed to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. As of 2015, the title is held by his son, the seventh Baron, who succeeded in 2005.

The family retained an interest in The Daily Telegraph after it was sold in 1928. The fourth Baron and his son the sixth Baron were both executives of the newspaper until the Camrose interests were in turn displaced by Conrad Black in 1986.

The first Baron's sons retained the name Levy-Lawson though predominantly using Lawson, and the fourth Baron was registered with it at birth, but subsequently they have used Lawson only.

Baron Burnham (1903)

Viscount Burnham (1919)

Baron Burnham (1903; reverted)

There is no heir to the baronetcy and the barony.

Male-line family tree

Male-line family tree, Barons Burnham
Edward Levy-Lawson
1st Baron Burnham

Viscount Burnham
Harry Levy-Lawson
1st Viscount Burnham
2nd Baron Burnham

William Levy-Lawson
3rd Baron Burnham

Viscountcy extinct
Edward Lawson
4th Baron Burnham

William Levy-Lawson
William Lawson
5th Baron Burnham

Hugh Lawson
6th Baron Burnham

Edward Lawson
Harry Lawson
7th Baron Burnham

born 1968


  1. "No. 27582". The London Gazette. 31 July 1903. p. 4818.
  2. "No. 26334". The London Gazette. 14 October 1892. p. 5735.
  3. "No. 31348". The London Gazette. 20 May 1919. p. 6247.