Patrick Ramsay

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The Hon. Sir Patrick Ramsay KCMG (20 September 1879 – 19 June 1962) was a British diplomat who was minister to Greece, Hungary and Denmark.


The Honourable Patrick William Maule Ramsay was the second son of John Ramsay, 13th Earl of Dalhousie. He was educated at Winchester College. He entered the Diplomatic Service as an attaché in 1904 and served in Constantinople, Peking, Paris and St Petersburg before being posted to Stockholm in 1919. While at Stockholm he was promoted to Counsellor of Embassy and acted as chargé d'affaires several times during the absence of the minister, Sir Colville Barclay. Ramsay was moved to a similar post at Rio de Janeiro in 1925 and to Madrid in 1927. He served as Minister in Athens 1929–33,[1] in Budapest 1933–35[2] and in Copenhagen 1935–39.[3]

Patrick Ramsay was appointed CMG in 1929 and knighted KCMG in the King's Birthday Honours of 1932.[4] He retired from the Diplomatic Service in 1939 and lived in Portugal until his death. During the Second World War and until a short time before his death he held an honorary post in the British Embassy in Lisbon.

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Percy Loraine
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Hellenic Republic
Succeeded by
Sir Sydney Waterlow
Preceded by
Viscount Chilston
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at Budapest and Consul-General for the Kingdom of Hungary
Succeeded by
Owen O'Malley
Preceded by
Hugh Gurney
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at Copenhagen
Succeeded by
Charles Howard Smith


  • RAMSAY, Hon. Sir Patrick William Maule, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007, accessed 29 May 2012
  • Obituary, The Times, London, 21 June 1962
  1. ^ "No. 33580". The London Gazette. 18 February 1930. p. 1046. 
  2. ^ "No. 34019". The London Gazette. 30 January 1934. p. 676. 
  3. ^ "No. 34222". The London Gazette. 22 November 1935. p. 7413. 
  4. ^ "No. 33831". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 May 1932. p. 3572.