Sir John Ramsden, 4th Baronet

Sir John Ramsden, 4th Baronet (1755 – 15 July 1839) was an English landowner and Member of Parliament. [1]

He was born the son of Sir John Ramsden, 3rd Baronet of Byram, near Pontefract, Yorkshire, whom he succeeded in 1769, inheriting the Manor of Huddersfield. He was educated at University College, Oxford (1774).

An Act of Parliament (14 George III. Cap. 13) obtained on 9 March 1774, enabled "Sir John Ramsden, Baronet, to make and maintain a navigable Canal from the River Calder, between a Bridge called Cooper's Bridge, and the Mouth of the River Colne to the King's Mill, near the town of Huddersfleld, in the West Riding of the county of York". Completed in 1776 and originally named Sir John Ramsden's Canal, it is now known as the Huddersfield Broad Canal.[2]

He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Grampound under the patronage of Lord Rockingham in 1780, retiring from politics in 1784. He was made High Sheriff of Yorkshire for 1797–98.

He died in 1839. He had married the Hon. Louisa Susan Ingram-Shepherd, daughter and coheiress of Charles Ingram, 9th Viscount of Irvine, with whom he had 4 sons and 5 daughters. His eldest son was John Charles Ramsden, MP, who however predeceased him. The baronetcy thus passed to John Charles' son Sir John William Ramsden, 5th Baronet.


  1. "RAMSDEN, Sir John, 4th Bt. (1755-1839), of Byram, Yorks". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  2. Priestley, Joseph. Historical Account of the Navigable Rivers, Canals and Railways of Great Britain. p. 531.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Hon. Sir Joseph Yorke
Richard Neville
Member of Parliament for Grampound
With: Thomas Lucas
Succeeded by
Hon. John Somers Cocks
Francis Baring
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Sir John Ramsden, 3rd Baronet
Ramsden Baronets
(of Byram)
Succeeded by
Sir John William Ramsden, 5th Baronet
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