British Aristocracy. Born Alexander Robert Maule Ramsay in London, England, the son of Sir John William Ramsay, 13th Earl of Dalhousie and Lady Ida Louise Bennet. He joined the Royal Navy as a cadet on HMS Britannia in 1894. In 1911 he became a naval aide-de-camp to the Duke of Connaught. He saw active duty during WWI and was decorated with the Companion, Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) in 1916, and with the Legion of Honor. He served as Naval Attaché to Paris between 1919 and 1922. In 1919 he married Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess of Connaught and Strathearn, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria. The couple had one son. In 1928, Ramsay assumed command of HMS Furious in the Atlantic Fleet. He held the office of Naval Aide-de-Camp to HM George V in 1931, and in 1933 was promoted to rear admiral. He gained the rank of Vice-Admiral in 1936 and served as Commander-in-Chief of the East Indies between 1936 and 1938. He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of the Bath in 1937, and as a Knight Grand Cross, Royal Victorian Order in 1938. He gained the rank of Admiral in 1938. He held the office of Fifth Sea Lord between 1938 and 1939. He was promoted to Admiral shortly before his retirement in 1942.
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1886–1974 (m. 1919)