Ivor Ramsay

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Ivor Erskine St Clair Ramsay (1 November 1902 – 22 January 1956) was an eminent Anglican priest in the middle part of the 20th century.

He was born on 1 November 1902 and educated at Ardvreck School, Uppingham and Glasgow University.[1] He was ordained in 1925 and began his career with a curacy at St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee.[2] In 1931 he became a Novice of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield and the following year Chaplain of the Home of St Francis, Dunfermline. He then held incumbencies at St John’s Church, Jedburgh, Christ Church, Falkirk and St Andrew’s, Dunmore[3] before being appointed Provost of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh.[4] In 1949 he was appointed Dean of King's College, Cambridge, a post he held until January 1956 when he jumped to his death from the roof of King's College Chapel after reportedly suffering from depression.[5][6] He was succeeded at King's by Dr. Alec Vidler.


  1. ^ "Ramsay, Rev. Ivor Erskine St Clair". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2016 (November 2015 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. ^ "Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000" Bertie, D.M: Edinburgh T & T Clark ISBN 0567087468
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  4. ^ National Archives
  5. ^ "Dean Committed Suicide". The Guardian. 26 January 1956. p. 11.
  6. ^ The Times, Monday, 23 Jan 1956; pg. 10; Issue 53435; col B Obituary Very Ivor Ramsay Dean Of King's, Cambridge
Religious titles
Preceded by
David Colin Dunlop
Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh
1944 – 1949
Succeeded by
Hector Bransby Gooderham