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.

Life and career[edit]

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 in 1968. He succeeded his elder brother as 3rd Viscount Camrose in 1995, but disclaimed the title.

Marriage & Family[edit]

Lord Hartwell married Lady Pamela Smith (1915-1982), daughter of F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead. They had four children together:[2]

Hartwell died in Westminster, London,[3] aged 89 and was succeeded in the viscountcy, barony and baronetcy by his elder son.


  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. ^ The Peerage, entry for Lord Hartwell
  3. ^ Deaths England and Wales 1984-2006

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Seymour Berry
Viscount Camrose
Title next held by
Adrian Berry