Sir John Ramsden, 3rd Baronet

Sir John Ramsden, 3rd Baronet (1699–1769) of Byram and Longley Hall, Yorkshire, was a British landowner and Independent Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1727 to 1754.

Early life

Ramsden was baptised on 21 March 1699, the eldest son of Sir William Ramsden, 2nd Baronet, of Byram and Longley Hall and his wife Elizabeth Lowther, daughter of John Lowther, 1st Viscount Lonsdale.[1] He was admitted at Clare College, Cambridge on 4 April 1718.[2] He succeeded his father in the baronetcy on 27 June 1736.[1]


At the 1727 British general election, Ramsden was returned as Member of Parliament for Appleby by his uncle, Henry Lowther, 3rd Viscount Lonsdale. He was an independent Whig and voted with the Government in 1729 on the civil list arrears, in 1733 on the excise bill, and in 1734 on the repeal of the Septennial Act. He was returned at the 1734 British general election, and voted against the government on the Spanish convention in 1739. He was considered an opposition member in 1740. He was returned again at the 1741 British general election and was put forward though not elected for the secret committee on Walpole in 1742. However he voted against the Government on the Hanoverians in the following December and again in 1744. He was returned again at the 1747 British general election and was classed as a government supporter, although he remained independent. He did not stand again in 1754.[3]

Later life and legacy

Ramsden married by licence dated 8 August 1748, Margaret Bright, widow of Thomas Liddell Bright of Badsworth, Yorkshire and daughter of William Norton of Sawley, Yorkshire. They had two sons and two daughters. In 1766 he was responsible for the building of the Cloth Hall at Huddersfield.[4] He died at Byrom on 10 April 1769 and was buried at Brotherton on 17 April. He was succeeded by his son John.[1]


  1. Cokayne, George Edward, ed. (1904), Complete Baronetage volume 4 (1665-1707), Exeter: William Pollard and Co, retrieved 9 October 2018
  2. "Ramsden, John (RMSN718J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. "RAMSDEN, John (1699-1769), of Byram and Longley Hall, Yorks". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  4. Huddersfield Exposed. Cloth Hall, Huddersfield


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sackville Tufton
James Lowther
Member of Parliament for Appleby
With: Sackville Tufton 1727-1730
Walter Plumer 1730-1741
George Dodington 1741-1742
Sir Charles Wyndham, Bt 1742-1747
Randle Wilbraham 1747-1754
Succeeded by
William Lee
Philip Honywood
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Sir William Ramsden, 2nd Baronet
(of Byram)
Succeeded by
Sir John Ramsden, 4th Baronet
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