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Sir Ronald Deane Ross, KC (1888 - 1958):
Lawyer; soldier; politician

Ronald Deane Ross, 2nd Bt, was the only son of Sir John Ross, the last Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and Katherine Mann of Dunmoyle, County Tyrone. His grandfather was Rev Robert Ross DD, sometime Moderator of the Presbyterian General Assembly. He was educated at Eton College and at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1910. He was called to the Bar in 1913, but having been originally commissioned in 1907, in August 1914 he was in France as a Major with the North Irish Horse, and was involved in the Retreat from Mons, a notable British defeat, in autumn 1914. He served throughout the war, winning the Military Cross and the Croix de Guerre. After the war he decided to enter politics, attempting unsuccessfully to win a seat at Westminster for an English constituency, but in 1929 he was elected unopposed as MP for Londonderry (Ulster Unionist Party); he was re-elected, also unopposed, in 1931 and 1934, and re-elected in the contested elections of 1945 (quite narrowly, by 2,553 votes) and 1950 (quite easily, by 14,722). In 1951 he was appointed Crown Steward and Bailiff of the three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham. In reality this is an office of profit under the Crown, and this appointment is merely a mechanism; he simply resigned as an MP.

During the Second World War he was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Armoured Corps from 1941, having resigned his position as Chairman of the Ulster Unionist MPs at Westminster. In 1940 and 1950 he was a British delegate to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. After leaving Parliament 1951 he had a rôle as a representative in London for the Government of Northern Ireland, which he fulfilled part-time from 1957.

On the death of his father on 17 August 1935 he became 2nd Baronet. He died in London and was buried at Dunmoyle.

Born: 13 July 1888
Died: 31 January 1958
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