Ramsay Nares (1861-1934)


Photo taken in 1879

Born in 1861, the third son of Owen Alexander Nares, educated in Rossall School in Lancashire.  After being articled to Messrs Sole, Turner and Knight, of London, he qualified as a solicitor but never practiced on his own account.  He did work for Messrs Green and Moberley, in Southampton, for a while, but left the legal profession when he got married.  Between 1890 and 1903 he did a great deal of voluntary public service at Egham, where he lived, on the parish and district councils.  It was this work which led the chairman of Surrey County Council to press him into service to organise elementary education as a result of the Education Act coming into force that year.  Within two years he was appointed Secretary to the Education Committee and four years later, in 1909, was made vice-clerk of the County Council, later amended to Deputy Clerk of the Peace and of the C.C.  His work for the Education Committee was greatly valued but he also showed particular abilities in understanding Parliamentary work and fought many issues on behalf of the council.  Notable among these was the establishment of the principle that the water in Surrey belonged to the people of Surrey and preventing the L.C.C. from appropriating large areas of the County.   During the First World War he volunteered fro national service, being too old for active service, but the Council would not spare him!   He did personally organise several important county war services including the Surrey War Distress and Belgian Relief Funds from 1914-1919.  He retired to live in Farnham in 1929 and was a Justice of the Peace until he died on 6th Feb 1934.

Married Jeanette "Minnie" Plumb (1867-1938), above, in 1888 in Islip, Long Island, New York.  Jeanette was descended from Thomas Yale, of Wrexham, who emigrated to America in 1637 and there started the Yale dynasty. (His nephew founded Yale University).  They had 3 sons, Ramsay "Llewellyn" Ives b.1889, Owen "Ives" b.1890 and Eric Paytherus b.1892.  The photo below shows the three together.