Henry Lascelles Carr

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Henry Lascelles Carr
Born Henry Lascelles Carr
Knottingley, England
Died 5 October 1902
Cardiff, Wales
Residence Cardiff, Wales
Citizenship British
Education St Aiden's Anglican College
Alma mater Kingswood School, Bath
Occupation Journalist and newspaper proprietor
Board member of Royal Hotel Company
Spouse(s) Mary Ann
Helen Jackson
Children Loftus Lascelles Carr
Parent(s) Rev James B Carr and
Relatives Emsley Carr (nephew)

Henry Lascelles Carr (1844 – 5 October 1902) was a British newspaper proprietor and businessman. Born in Yorkshire, Carr relocated to South Wales where he became a journalist. Carr became editor of the Western Mail and later its owner, before buying the London-based News of the World. Carr was also the Chairman of the Cardiff-based Royal Hotel Company and was a city councillor.


Carr was born in the town of Knottingley, Yorkshire in 1844 a son of Reverend James B. Carr, a Wesleyan minister.[1] He was educated at Kingswood School in Bath, and as an adult trained firstly as an accountant before spending a single year at Richmond College where he served as the editor of the college magazine. From Richmond he entered St Aiden's Anglican training College, but upon graduating Carr decided to follow a path as a journalist rather than entering the priesthood. He then worked for a few years as a journalist for the Liverpool Daily Post. By 1869 Carr was living in Wales, and when John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute founded the Western Mail in Cardiff that year, he made Carr its first sub-editor.[2] The 1871 Census records Carr as living in Roath while married to Mary Ann Carr of Westmeath in Ireland; they had a single child, Loftus Lascelles, a son.[3]

Carr making an editorial opinion in a Western Mail cartoon by JMStaniforth

In 1877 Lord Bute sold the Western Mail to Carr and Daniel Owen. By 1881, Carr had remarried, to Helen sister of Sir Charles James Jackson, and the 1881 Census records that they had three daughters.[4] In 1884, Carr and Owen formed the Daniel Owen and Co. Ltd as a joint stock company.[2]

In 1891 Carr, as part of a syndicate, bought the London Sunday paper, News of the World and placed his nephew Emsley Carr as its editor. Emsley would later marry Carr's eldest daughter, Jenny. Around this period Carr branched into the hotel business, becoming Chairman of the Royal Hotel Company, which owned the Royal Hotel on St Mary's Street in the centre of Cardiff.[5] Ill health caused Carr to retire as editor of the Western Mail in 1901 and died the following year. As well as his work in the press, he served as a city councillor of Cardiff and as a Justice of the Peace.


  1. ^ Davies, Owen Picton. "Carr, Henry Lascelles". llgc.org.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "National Library of Wales: Western Mail & Echo Ltd Records". archiveswales.org.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Henry Lascelles Carr, "England and Wales Census, 1871"". familysearch.org. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Henry L Carr, "England and Wales Census, 1881"". familysearch.org. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "The rise of Mr Lascelles Carr". royalhotelhistory.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2012.