RAMSDEN, Sir John, 4th Bt. (1755-1839), of Byram, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1780 - 1784

Family and Education

bap. 1 Dec. 1755, 1st s. of Sir John Ramsden, 3rd Bt., M.P., of Byram by Margaret, wid. of Thomas Liddell Bright of Badsworth, Yorks.  educ. Univ. Coll. Oxf. 1774.  suc. fa. 10 Apr. 1769.  m. 7 July 1787 Hon. Louisa Susan Ingram-Shepherd, da. and coh. of Charles, 9th Visct. Irwin [S], 4s. 5da.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Yorks. 1797-8.


Ramsden’s half-sister married Lord Rockingham, and one of his full sisters was wife of William Weddell, all three households being on terms of intimacy. Rockingham arranged his election for Grampound with Edward Eliot;1 and he voted regularly with the Rockingham party but is not known ever to have spoken in the House. He voted against Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783, was absent from the division on Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783, but as an opponent of Pitt was refused re-election by Eliot in 1784.

He died 15 July 1839.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: I. R. Christie


  • 1. Rockingham to Portland, 1 Sept. 1780, Portland mss.