Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell

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

Background and education[edit]

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


Berry succeeded 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 legendary arts review, X magazine.[1] He was a friend of Randolph Churchill, and Neville Chamberlain believed that he was responsible for some of the criticism of the Prime Minister which appeared in The Daily Telegraph. Berry was awarded a life peerage as Baron Hartwell, of Peterborough Court in the City of London, in 1968, and disclaimed the viscountcy following his brother's death in 1995.


Lord Hartwell married Lady Pamela Smith, daughter of F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead. They had two sons Adrian and Nicholas. He died in Westminster, London,[2] aged 89.


  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 [1]
  2. ^ Deaths England and Wales 1984-2006

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Seymour Berry
Viscount Camrose
(disclaimed for life)
Succeeded by
Adrian Michael Berry