Cecil Ramage

Cecil Beresford Ramage, MC (17 January 1895 – 22 February 1988) was a Scottish barrister, actor and Liberal politician.

Cecil Ramage

Member of Parliament
for Newcastle upon Tyne West
In office
6 December 1923  29 October 1924
Preceded byDavid Adams
Succeeded byJohn Henry Palin
Personal details
Cecil Beresford Ramage

(1895-01-17)17 January 1895
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died22 February 1988(1988-02-22) (aged 93)
Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyLiberal
Cathleen Nesbitt (m. 1921)
Alma materPembroke College, Oxford
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/service British Army
UnitThe Royal Scots
Battles/warsFirst World War
AwardsMilitary Cross


Following his education at the Edinburgh Academy, Ramage was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Scots at the outbreak of World War I. He served in Gallipoli, Palestine and Egypt and was awarded the Military Cross.[1]

Following the war, he went up to Pembroke College, Oxford, where he became President of the Oxford Union. At Oxford he first took to the stage, appearing in Antony and Cleopatra with Cathleen Nesbitt, whom he married in 1921. They had two children.[1] Instead of taking up acting as a profession after university, Ramage read law. He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple, and practised on the Oxford Circuit.[1]

At the 1922 general election he was the Liberal candidate for the constituency of Newcastle West, but was defeated by David Adams of the Labour Party. Another election was held in 1923 and Ramage stood again and was elected as Member of Parliament (MP). He was only to be in the Commons for a short period, as he was defeated at the subsequent general election in 1924. He was the Liberal candidate at Southport at the 1929 general election, but failed to be elected.[1]

By this time Ramage was a professional actor, appearing in New York, the West End of London and toured with the Old Vic Company in the Mediterranean. He had a number of minor roles in films, including Secret of Stamboul (1936), Nicholas Nickleby (1947) and Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).

His career eventually declined, and he retired from the stage and was separated from his wife, Nesbitt, who died in 1982, aged 93.[1] He played the Crown Counsel in Kind Hearts and Coronets, whose devastating cross-examination of Louis Mazzini does much to discredit him.


Cecil Beresford Ramage died in 1988, aged 93.[1] Of the 64 former MPs who only served in the parliament of 1924, he was the last survivor, outliving his parliamentary service by 63 years.

Selected filmography


Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

  1. Obituary, The Times (London, England), 26 February 1988
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Adams
Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne West
Succeeded by
John Henry Palin
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