Frederick W. Ramsden was my great grandfather. He was born in Essex England in 1839. His father was Thomas L Ramsden, Vicar of Forest Gate in East Hamm and his mother was Sophia Harriet Oakes, daughter of Sir Henry Oakes, baronet. He and several of his brothers attended the Forrest School in Walthamstow but I have not been able to find any record of his attendence at University although two of his brothers did. In his teens he began working for the Brooks Company and traveled to Cuba in their employ. He subsequently became vice consul for England in Santiago de Cuba and later British consul. He was very helpful to the US during the Spanish-American War, interceding with the Spanish authorities for the officers and men of the US ship Merrimac. His efforts were noted posthumously by the US government with a plaque honoring his services that was hung in the Naval Academy at Annapolis.
I was not aware of his mountain climbing achievements. Thanks for the info, it was fun to read his letter.
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