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Kemsley, Viscount (UK, 1945)


Creation: let. pat. 12 Sep 1945


Family name: Berry




Gules three Bars Or on a Pile Ermine as many Martlets Sable


A Griffin sejant Sable collared and chained the Chain reflexed over the back and resting the dexter claw on a Catherine Wheel Or


On either side a Stag guardant Or gorged with a Chaplet of Mistletoe proper


Persevera Et Vince (Persevere and Conquer)



James Gomer [Berry], 1st Baron Kemsley later 1st Viscount Kemsley, GBE

younger brother of Henry Seymour [Berry], 1st Baron Buckland, and of William Ewart [Berry], 1st Viscount Camrose, and 3rd son of John Mathias Berry, of Gwaelodygarth, Merthyr Tydfil, co. Glamorgan, by his wife Mary Ann Rowe, dau. of Thomas Rowe, of Pembroke Dock


7 May 1883

mar. (1)

4 Jul 1907 Mary Lilian Holmes (d. 1 Feb 1928), dau. of Horace George Holmes, of Brondesbury Park, London

children by first wife

1. Hon (Geoffrey) Lionel Berry, later 2nd Viscount Kemsley

2. Maj Hon Denis Gomer Berry (b. 11 Jul 1911; d. 1983), mar. (1) 3 Jul 1934 (div. 1942) Rosemary Leonora Rothschild, 1st dau. of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild, and had issue:

1a. Hon Barbara Marie-Louise Constance Berry, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 5 Jun 2000 (b. 28 Dec 1935), mar. 2 Dec 1954 (div. 1983) Alexander Clement Gilmour, and has issue

2a. Susan Lilian Berry (b. 8 Aug 1938; d. 1989), mar. (1) 6 Nov 1963 (div. 1978) Sir Christopher George Francis Harding, only son of Frank Harding, of Whyteleafe, Amersham, co. Buckingham. and (2) 1989 Raymond Muir, and had issue by her first husband

Maj Hon Denis Berry mar. (2) 27 Jul 1947 Pamela Grant (b. 14 May 1912; former wife of Lt Charles Robert Archibald Grant RN; d. 31 Mar 1987), 1st dau. of Capt Lord Richard Wellesley (by his wife Louise Nesta Pamela FitzGerald, only dau. of Sir Maurice FitzGerald, 2nd Bt., Knight of Kerry), 2nd son of Arthur Charles [Wellesley], 4th Duke of Wellington), and had further issue:

1a. Richard Gomer Berry, later 3rd Viscount Kemsley

3a. Hon (Anne) Denise Berry, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 5 Jun 2000 (b. 5 Mar 1948), mar. 23 May 1970 Brian Peter Harvey Orange KStJ, of Fromans House, Kings Somborne, co. Hampshire, son of R B Orange, of Oxshott, co. Surrey, and has issue

3. Capt Hon (William) Neville Berry (b. 16 Jun 1914; dsp. 19 May 1998), mar. 12 Jul 1951 Christobel Ruby Norrie (former wife of Lanfear Barbey Norrie; d. 6 Oct 1995), only dau. of John Wallis More-Molyneux

4. Lieut Hon (John) Douglas Berry (b. 1 May 1916; dvp. 10 Oct 1944)

5. Hon (Herbert) Oswald Berry (b. 13 Jun 1918; dsp. 8 Jun 1952), mar. 28 Sep 1940 Lady Mary Clementine Pratt DStJ (mar. (2) 10 Sep 1953 (Shafto) Gerald Strachan Pawle, of Treworgan, Maronan, co. Cornwall, 1st son of Capt John Pawle, of Little Havers, Bishops Stortford, co. Hertford), only dau. of John Charles Henry [Pratt], 5th Marquess Camden, by his first wife Marjorie Jenkins DBE CStJ, only dau. of Col Atherton Edward Jenkins, of Wherwell Priory, Andover

6. Hon Sir Anthony George Berry CStJ, Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Enfield Southgate 1964-84, High Sheriff of Glamorgan 1962 (b. 12 Feb 1925; d. 12 Oct 1984), mar. (1) 25 Nov 1954 (div. 1966) Hon Mary Cynthia Burke Roche (mar. (2) Jul 1973 (div. 1980) Denis Riche Geoghehan, and (3) 1981 (div. 1989) Michael Robert Fearon Gunningham), 1st dau. of Edmund Maurice Burke [Roche], 4th Baron Fermoy, by his wife Ruth Sylvia Gill DCVO OBE, yst. dau. of Col William Smith Gill CB, of Dalhebly, Bildside, co. Aberdeen, and (2) 5 Apr 1966 Sarah Anne Clifford-Turner, 2nd dau. of Raymond Clifford-Turner, of Belgravia, London, and had issue by both wives

1. Hon (Mary) Pamela Berry (b. 13 Jun 1918; d. 29 Jan 1998), mar. 15 Mar 1941 (div. 1965) as his first wife Douglas Charles Lindsey [Gordon], 12th Marquess of Huntly, and had issue

mar. (2)

30 Apr 1931 Edith du Plessis OBE (former wife of Cornelius Willem Dresselhuys;  d. 13 Sep 1976), dau. of Nicholas Emile Merandon du Plessis, of Constance, Flacq, Mauritius


6 Feb 1968


25 Jan 1928 Baronet of the United Kingdom, styled "of Dropmore, Buckinghamshire

3 Feb 1936 Baron Kemsley, of Farnham Royal in the County of Buckingham

12 Sep 1945 Viscount Kemsley, of Dropmore in the County of Buckingham

suc. by

son by first wife


President, Merthyr General Hospital 1928-49; High Sheriff of Glamorganshire 1929; Chairman, King Edward VII Hospital Windsor 1933-37; Master, Spectacle Makers' Company 1934-36; Chairman, Kemsley Newspapers Ltd 1937-59; Chairman, Reuter's Trustees 1951-59; GBE 1959


(Geoffrey) Lionel [Berry], 2nd Viscount Kemsley


29 Jun 1909


21 Jun 1933 Lady Hélène Candida Hay OStJ (b. 5 Sep 1913), 1st dau. of William George Montagu [Hay], 11th Marquess of Tweeddale, by his first wife Marguerite Christine Ralli, step dau. of Lewis Einstein


1. Hon Mary Anne Berry (b. 30 Apr 1934), mar. 26 Jul 1960 Charles Henry van Raalte, of The Old Rectory, Clippesby, co. Norfolk, and has issue

2. Hon (Pamela) Jane Margueritte Berry (b. 27 May 1937; d. 13 Dec 2013), mar. 14 Sep 1961 Sir (Gerald) Nigel Mobbs, of Boot Farm, Little Kingshill, co. Buckingham, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire (b. 1937; d. 2005), only son of Gerald Aubrey Mobbs, of Bramleys, Little Kingshill, co. Buckingham, and had issue

3. Hon Caroline Helene Berry (b. 8 Sep 1942), mar. 24 Mar 1985 John Peter Houison Craufurd of Craufurdland and Braehead, of Craufurdland Castle, Kilmarnock, co. Ayr (b. c. 1930; d. 17 Sep 2012), only son of John Douglas Houison Craufurd of Craufurdland and Braehead by his wife Irene Marlow, and has issue

4. Hon Catherine Frances Lilian Berry (b. 9 Jun 1944; d. 27 Sep 2017), mar. 19 Apr 1969 Richard Douglas Fowler Bream, of The Manor Farm, Grace Dieu, co. Leicester, High Sheriff of Leicestershire 1969, 2nd son of Clifford Ellett Bream, and had issue


s.p.m. 28 Feb 1999

suc. by



deputy Chairman, Kemsley Newspapers Ltd 1938-59; Captain, Grenadier Guards 1940-42; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Buckingham 1943-45; Master, Spectacle Makers' Company 1949-51 and 1959-61; High Sheriff of Leicestershire 1967; KStJ


Richard Gomer [Berry], 3rd Viscount Kemsley


17 Apr 1951

mar. (1)

1981 (div. 1988) Tana-Marie Lester, 1st dau. of Clive William Lester, of Beaufre, Beaulieu, co. Hampshire

mar. (2)

17 Sep 1994 Elizabeth Jane Barker, dau. of Dennis Norman Barker, of The Paddock, Ampthill, co. Bedford, by his wife Jennifer Eileen Axtell

children by second wife

1. Hon Luke Gomer Berry (b. 2 Feb 1998)

2. Hon Jake Edward Berry (b. 26 Jul 1999)


Last updated 1 Jan 2018




3rd Viscount Kemsley, of Dropmore in the County of Buckingham

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 12 Sep 1945)

3rd Baron Kemsley, of Farnham Royal in the County of Buckingham

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 3 Feb 1936)

3rd Baronet, styled "of Dropmore, Buckinghamshire"

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 25 Jan 1928)



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