John Charles Ramsden

John Charles Ramsden (30 April 1788 – 29 December 1836)[1][2] was a British Whig[3] and Liberal Party[4] politician from Newby Park in Yorkshire.[5] He sat in the House of Commons between 1812 and 1836.


He was the eldest son of Sir John Ramsden, 4th Baronet (1755–1839), the Member of Parliament (MP) for Grampound, and his wife Hon. Louisa Susan Ingram-Shepheard (c.1766–1857), daughter of the 9th Viscount of Irvine.[6] On 4 May 1814 he married Isabella Dundas (1790–1887), daughter of Thomas Dundas, 1st Baron Dundas of Aske and Lady Charlotte FitzWilliam.[7] Isabella's maternal grandfather was William Fitzwilliam, 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam,[8] and her uncle was William Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam, a leading Whig politician and one of the richest people in Britain.


At the 1812 general election, Ramsden was elected as one of the two MPs for borough of Malton.[3][9] He was re-elected at the next four general elections,[10][11] [12][13] and held the seat until 1831.[2] At the 1831 general election he was elected as one of the four MPs for the Yorkshire county constituency.[5][14] He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Yorkshire in May 1831,[15] and held his seat in Parliament until the constituency was divided by the Reform Act 1832,[1] and at the general election in December 1832 he unsuccessfully contested the new North Riding of Yorkshire constituency.[4]

He was returned to the Commons three months later, when he was elected without a contest[16] as MP for the Malton,[17] at a by-election after the sitting Liberal MP Viscount Milton resigned to contest a vacancy in the Northern division of Northamptonshire.[16] He was re-elected unopposed in 1835,[18] and held the seat until his death.[2]

He died in 1836, aged only 48. As he predeceased his father, his son John William succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of the 4th baronet in 1839.


  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "Y"
  2. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 1)
  3. Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844–1850]. Craig, F. W. S. (ed.). The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 414. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.
  4. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 489. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  5. "No. 18804". The London Gazette. 17 May 1831. p. 948.
  6. Lundy, Darryl. "John Charles Ramsden". Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  7. Lundy, Darryl. "Isabella Dundas". Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  8. Lundy, Darryl. "ILady Charlotte FitzWilliam". Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  9. "No. 16662". The London Gazette. 27 October 1812. p. 2166.
  10. "No. 17376". The London Gazette. 7 July 1818. p. 1217.
  11. "No. 17627". The London Gazette. 26 August 1820. p. 1635.
  12. "No. 18268". The London Gazette. 14 July 1826. p. 1752.
  13. "No. 18721". The London Gazette. 27 August 1830. p. 1831.
  14. Stooks Smith, page 393
  15. "No. 18813". The London Gazette. 14 June 1831. p. 1168.
  16. Craig, page 204
  17. "No. 19030". The London Gazette. 15 March 1833. p. 523.
  18. "No. 19234". The London Gazette. 30 January 1835. p. 170.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bryan Cooke
Robert Lawrence Dundas
Member of Parliament for Malton
With: Viscount Duncannon 1812–26
Viscount Normanby 1826–30
Sir James Scarlett 1830 – April 1831
Francis Jeffrey from April 1831
Succeeded by
Henry Gally Knight
Francis Jeffrey
Preceded by
Richard Bethell
William Duncombe
Viscount Morpeth
Sir John Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone, Bt
Member of Parliament for Yorkshire
With: George Strickland
Viscount Morpeth
Sir John Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone, Bt
Constituency divided
Preceded by
Viscount Milton (1)
Charles Pepys
Member of Parliament for Malton
With: Charles Pepys to 1836
John Walbanke-Childers from 1836
Succeeded by
Viscount Milton (2)
John Walbanke-Childers
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