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Hugh Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham

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The Lord Burnham
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
as a hereditary peer
21 September 1993 – 11 November 1999
Preceded byThe 5th Baron Burnham
Succeeded bySeat abolished[a]
as an elected hereditary peer
11 November 1999 – 1 January 2005
Preceded bySeat established[a]
Succeeded byThe Lord de Mauley
Personal details
Hugh John Frederick Lawson

(1931-08-15)15 August 1931
Died1 January 2005(2005-01-01) (aged 73)
Political partyConservative
OccupationPolitician, journalist

Hugh John Frederick Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham (15 August 1931 – 1 January 2005), was a British hereditary peer and journalist.

The second son of the 4th Baron Burnham, he was educated at Eton College and read PPE at Balliol College, Oxford. Initially working for the Cambridge Evening News, he joined The Daily Telegraph prior to its 1986 takeover by Conrad Black, and held the positions of general manager and deputy managing director in the 1970s and 80s.

Upon inheriting his brother's title in 1993, he had a career in the House of Lords as a Conservative defence spokesman and junior whip.[1] He was one of the 90 hereditary peers who were selected to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999.[2]

In 1955, Lord Burnham married Hilary Hunter with whom he had three children – two daughters and a son, Harry, who inherited the title.[3]


Coat of arms of Hugh Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham
Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure three bars gemel Argent over all a winged morion Or 2nd & 3rd Gules a saltire double parted and fretted Or between in fess two rams' heads couped in fess Argent.
Dexter the figure of Clio the Muse of history Proper sinister the figure of Hermes vested Argent mantled Azure on the head of a winged morion on his heels wings and in his exterior hand a caduceus Or.[4]
Of Old I Hold


  1. ^ a b Under the House of Lords Act 1999.


  1. ^ "Lord Burnham". The Daily Telegraph. 5 January 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Mr Hugh Lawson (Hansard)". api.parliament.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  3. ^ "MQ MAGAZINE Issue 13 - Obituaries". mqmagazine.co.uk. April 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  4. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 2019. p. 1908.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Baron Burnham
Member of the House of Lords
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New office
Elected hereditary peer to the House of Lords
under the House of Lords Act 1999
Succeeded by