Sir John Ramsden, 9th Baronet

Sir John Charles Josslyn Ramsden, 9th Baronet KBE (born 19 August 1950) is a retired British diplomat and one of the Ramsden baronets.[1]

Sir John Ramsden, Bt

British Ambassador to Croatia
In office
Preceded byNicholas Jarrold
Succeeded byGavin Blunt
Personal details
John Charles Josslyn Ramsden

(1950-08-19) 19 August 1950 (age 70)
RelationsSir Charles Wickham (grandfather)
ParentsSir Caryl Ramsden, Bt
Anne Wickham
EducationEton College
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

Early lifeEdit

Ramsden was born on 19 August 1950. He was a son of Anne Wickham and Sir Caryl Oliver Imbert Ramsden, 8th Baronet (1915–1987), was also a diplomat and was appointed Consul-General for Lower Saxony and was appointed CMG and CVO.[2]

His paternal grandparents were Lt.-Col. Josslyn Vere Ramsden (a son of John Charles Francis Ramsden) and Olive Clotilde Bouhier Imbert-Terry (a daughter of Frederic William Imbert-Terry, Seigneur de la Terrière). His maternal grandparents were Lt.-Col. Sir Charles George Wickham and Phyllis Amy Rose.[3]

Ramsden was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[4] In 1987, he succeeded as the 9th Baronet Ramsden of Byram.[5]


After two years in merchant banking with Dawnay Day, he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1975.[4]

Early in his career he served in Vienna with the Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions negotiations and then became Head of Chancery and Consul in Hanoi in 1980.[4] After some years in London he was Counsellor in East Berlin (1990) and subsequently Deputy Head of Mission in Berlin (1991-1993); Head of the Information Department at the Foreign Office (1993-1996); Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations in Geneva (1996-1999); Head of the Central and North West Europe Department (1999-2003); and finally Ambassador to Croatia (2004-2008).[4]

In August 2005 his name appeared on a list of alleged MI6 Officers leaked to the website Cryptome.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

On 14 December 1985, married Jennifer Jane Bevan, daughter of Rear-Admiral Christopher Martin Bevan and the former Patricia Bedford. Together, they are the parents of:[3]

  • Isobel Lucy Ramsden (b. 1987)[3]
  • Stella Evelyn Ramsden (b. 1989)[3]


  1. ^ Cokayne, George Edward, ed. (1904), Complete Baronetage volume 4 (1665-1707), Exeter: William Pollard and Co, retrieved 9 October 2018
  2. ^ Foreign Office, The London Gazette 14 January 1958, p. 307
  3. ^ a b c d Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.
  4. ^ a b c d "Ramsden, Sir John (Charles Josslyn), (born 19 Aug. 1950)". Who's Who (UK). Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Huddesfield's history". Huddersfield Local History Society. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  6. ^ "List of MI6 Officers Worldwide 3". CRYPTOME. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Nicholas Jarrold
British Ambassador to Croatia
Succeeded by
Gavin Blunt
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Caryl Ramsden
(of Byram)