ROSS, Patrick (1740-1804), of Harley Street, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1802 - 24 Aug. 1804

Family and Education

b. c.1740, bro. of John Ross, writer in Edinburgh.1 m. 25 Dec. 1777, Mary Clara Maule of Madras, 6s. 1da.

Offices Held

Lt. RA 1757; ensign, corps of engineers 1758, lt. 1759-63; lt. 4 Ft. 1760-3; capt.-lt. engineers 1763-70; lt.-col. and chief engineer E.I. Co. (Madras) 1770; col. 1783; brevet col. 1796; maj. gen. (E.I. Co.) 1796.

Member of council, Madras, 1770-8, 1782-93; 1797-1802; home 1802; ret. 1803.


At the general election following his final return to England from Madras after long service as chief engineer, Ross came in for Horsham on Viscountess Irwin’s interest, in succession to Sir John Macpherson, who had also served in Madras. No speech or vote of his is known. By his will, dated 16 Apr. 1795, he left legacies in cash totalling £32,000 to his children, as well as £1,000 p.a. to his wife–who, however, predeceased him.2 He died 24 Aug. 1804.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: M. H. Port


  • 1. Probably sons of John Ross of Achnacloich (served heir to his father Robert (d.1757) and to his brother Hugh (d. 1736)), to whom in 1774 John Ross of Achnacloich, writer in Edinburgh, was served heir. This Member was served heir to his brother John, writer in Edinburgh, in 1790.
  • 2. DNB; PCC 47 Nelson.