Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell

William Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell MBE (18 May 1911 – 3 April 2001), was a British newspaper proprietor and journalist.

The Lord Hartwell

Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
19 January 1968  3 April 2001
Life peerage
Personal details
Born18 May 1911
Died3 April 2001(2001-04-03) (aged 89)
Alma materEton College
Christ Church, Oxford

Life and career

Berry was the second son of Mary Agnes (Corns) and William Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose, and was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.

Berry followed his brother Seymour Berry, 2nd Viscount Camrose, as Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph newspapers. He remained in this role until the takeover by Conrad Black in 1986. He was also the backer behind the arts review, X magazine.[1]

Berry was awarded a life peerage as Baron Hartwell, of Peterborough Court in the City of London on 19 January 1968.[2] He succeeded his elder brother as 3rd Viscount Camrose in 1995, but disclaimed the title.[3]

Marriage and family

Lord Hartwell married Lady Pamela Smith (1915–1982), daughter of F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead. They had four children together:[4]

Hartwell died in Westminster, London,[5] aged 89 and was succeeded in the viscountcy, barony and baronetcy by his elder son.

Coat of arms of Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell
A griffin sejant reguardant Sable collared Or.
Argent three bars Gules over all a pile Ermine.
Dexter a stag, sinister a wolf, Proper both collared Or and standing on a compartment with a well between paving to the dexter and grass to the sinister Proper. [6]


  1. "David Wright's and Patrick Swift's legendary X set the common agenda for a generation of European painters, writers and dramatists."-Michael Schmidt (founder of Carcanet Press, editor of Poetry Nation Review and Professor of Poetry at the University of Glasgow) wrote in The Guardian in 2006
  2. "No. 44507". The London Gazette. 19 January 1968. p. 759.
  3. "No. 53981". The London Gazette. 14 March 1995. p. 3955.
  4. The Peerage, entry for Lord Hartwell
  5. Deaths England and Wales 1984-2006
  6. Debrett's Peerage. 1973.