Charles Maule Ramsay

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Lieutenant-Colonel the Honourable Charles Maule Ramsay (27 January 1859 – 7 April 1936)[1] was a British army officer and briefly a Liberal Unionist Member of Parliament (MP).

Personal life[edit]

He was the youngest son of the 12th Earl of Dalhousie, an admiral in the Royal Navy, and his wife Sarah née Roberts.[2] He obtained a commission as an officer in the Royal Artillery, but retired from the army at a young age.[3]

He moved to the United States where he took up ranching, and married Martha Estelle Garrison of New York in 1885. He later unsuccessfully took part in the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon Territory.[4]

He returned to Scotland where he became an officer in the Forfarshire and Kincardineshire Artillery Militia. He was a major landlord in the area having inherited a large estate in Forfarshire. In 1894, he was chosen as Liberal Unionist candidate to contest a parliamentary by-election in Forfarshire in November 1894. The vacancy was caused when the sitting Liberal MP, Sir John Rigby was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal.[2] The Liberals had chosen a London-based stockbroker as their candidate in preference to a local businessman, Martin White, a decision that led to many voters switching their allegiance to Ramsay, who gained the seat.[2] He held the seat for only a few months, as he was defeated by White at the subsequent general election in 1895.[3]

With the outbreak of the First World War Ramsay returned to active service. Following the ending of the conflict he devoted himself to voluntary work supporting the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes.[4]

C M Ramsay had no children, and became a widower in 1904. He died in London in April 1936 aged 77.[3][4]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F"
  2. ^ a b c "Election Intelligence: Forfarshire". The Times. 20 November 1894. p. 6.
  3. ^ a b c "Lieut-Col. C. M. Ramsay". The Times. 9 April 1936. p. 16.
  4. ^ a b c "Col. C. M. Ramsay". The Times. 14 April 1936. p. 12.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir John Rigby
Member of Parliament for Forfarshire
Succeeded by
Martin White