Sir Ronald Ross, 2nd Baronet

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Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Ronald Deane Ross, 2nd Baronet MC (13 July 1888 – 31 January 1958) was an Ulster Unionist Northern Irish Member of Parliament (MP).

He was the only son of Sir John Ross, 1st Baronet, the last judge to hold the office of Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and Katherine Mary Jeffcock. He succeeded to the title on his father's death in 1935.

Military career[edit]

Ronald D. Ross
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1907 - 1938, 1939 - 1950
Rank Lieutenant-Colonel
Awards Croix de Guerre[1]

Ross was commissioned into the North Irish Horse on 21 June 1907 as a Second Lieutenant,[2] and was promoted to Lieutenant on 23 April 1912.[3]

He served in the First World War with the North Irish Horse. He was promoted to Captain on 12 December 1914,[1] and later to Major. He was awarded the Military Cross. He resigned his commission in 1938, but rejoined his regiment in 1939 and served in the Second World War, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1947 and retired in 1950.

Political career[edit]

Ross stood unsuccessfully against Sidney Webb as the Conservative candidate in the Seaham constituency of County Durham in the General Election 1923 and the October 1924 General Election. He was elected unopposed to the British Parliament in 1929 in a byelection for the Londonderry constituency, a seat once held by his father. He was re-elected unopposed for the same constituency in 1931 and 1935. He was returned again in 1945 and again in 1950 with majorities of 50.75% and 62.59% respectively, before resigning his seat in 1951, triggering an uncontested by-election which was won by the Ulster Unionist Party.

Personal life[edit]

His wife was Lady Dorothy Evelyn Francis Ross. It is not clear if they had any children (see NPG).

He died in 1958, aged 69.


  1. ^ a b "(Supplement) no. 31409". The London Gazette. 17 June 1919. pp. 7801–7805. Retrieved 2011-01-17.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "LG_17_June_1919" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ "no. 28039". The London Gazette. 12 July 1907. p. 4773. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  3. ^ "no. 28616". The London Gazette. 11 June 1912. p. 4219. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Malcolm Macnaghten
Member of Parliament for Londonderry
Succeeded by
William Wellwood