John William Ramsden

Sir John William Ramsden, 5th Baronet (14 Sep 1831 – 15 April 1914) was a British Liberal Party politician.


John William Ramsden

5th Baronet
Ramsden as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, June 1884
Born(1831-09-14)14 September 1831
Died15 April 1914(1914-04-15) (aged 82)
Other namesHuddersfield
OrganizationLiberal Party


Ramsden was born on 14 September 1831 to John Charles Ramsden and his wife Isabella Dundas.

He was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Hythe in 1857 and served as Under-Secretary of State for War from 1857 to 1858. He resigned through appointment as Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds on 9 February 1859.[1] He also sat as MP for Taunton from 1853 to 1857, for the West Riding of Yorkshire from 1859 to 1865, for Monmouth from 1868 to 1874, for the Eastern West Riding of Yorkshire from 1880 to 1885, and finally for Osgoldcross from 1885 to 1886.

Stood as Liberal Unionist candidate for Osgoldcross in 1886.

He served as High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1868. He was Lord of the Manor of Huddersfield, and owner of a large proportion of the town as well as a total of 11,248 acres of the West Riding. In addition he owned a 138,000 acre estate in Inverness, and 800 acres of Lincolnshire.[2]

On 2 August 1865 he married Lady Helen Guendolen Seymour, daughter of Edward Adolphus Seymour, 12th Duke of Somerset, thus acquiring the Bulstrode estate at Gerrards Cross.[3]

In 1825 there was an attempt to set up a Scientific and Mechanics Institution in Huddersfield. Supported by a group of donors, Sir John William Ramsden later became the institution's Patron. Its aims were to instruct local mechanics and tradesmen in scientific principles relating to their work, through lectures and a circulation library. It later became part of the Huddersfield Philosophical Society. Subsequent educational initiatives in Huddersfield included the Young Men's Mental Improvement Society, the Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution, and the Technical School. The Technical School and Mechanic's Institute merged to become the Technical College, which subsequently became the College of Technology, then Huddersfield Polytechnic, before being granted University status as the University of Huddersfield in 1992.

The Ramsden Building, named after Sir John William Ramsden, was opened in 1883 by the Huddersfield Technical School and Mechanics' Institute and is situated on Queen Street South, between Milton Church and St Paul's Church. The Ramsden Building is now part of the University of Huddersfield campus.


  1. Department of Information Services (9 June 2009). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  2. John Bateman: The Great Landowners of Great Britain and Ireland, 1873, p375
  3. "The peerage". Retrieved 30 March 2011.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Labouchere
Arthur Mills
Member of Parliament for Taunton
With: Henry Labouchere
Succeeded by
Henry Labouchere
Arthur Mills
Preceded by
Edward Drake Brockman
Member of Parliament for Hythe
Succeeded by
Mayer Amschel de Rothschild
Preceded by
Edmund Beckett Denison
Viscount Goderich
Member of Parliament for West Riding of Yorkshire
With: Edmund Beckett Denison March 1859 – May 1859
Sir Francis Crossley, Bt May 1859 – 1865
Constituency divided
Preceded by
Crawshay Bailey
Member of Parliament for Monmouth Boroughs
Succeeded by
Thomas Cordes
Preceded by
Christopher Beckett Denison
Joshua Fielden
Member of Parliament for Eastern West Riding of Yorkshire
With: Andrew Fairbairn
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Osgoldcross
Succeeded by
John Austin
Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Peel
Under-Secretary of State for War
Succeeded by
The Viscount Hardinge
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John Ramsden
Ramsden Baronets
(of Byram)
Succeeded by
John Frecheville Ramsden
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