Colonel Sir Robert Ropner Bt., M.P., V.D., J.P.,

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    Sir (Emil Hugo Oscar) Robert Ropner, 1st Baronet (16th December 1838 – 26th February 1924) a German-British shipbuilder, shipowner. Emil Hugo (Robert) Ropner was the son of John Henry Ropner of Magdeburg, Prussia. As a child in Germany the young Robert avidly read books about the sea and seafaring, these fed his dreams of ocean travel, even though he had never seen the sea. His dreams were however to be shattered; after travelling to Hamburg and stowing away on a British ship the young Robert Ropner suffered through a rough journey to West Hartlepool in the North East of England, this put paid to all his ideas of a life at sea. He settled in England, finding a job and a wife. As an ambitious young man working for a firm of coal exporters, he very soon understood that if he and his partners where to make any real money they needed to own their own ships. In 1868 the ‘Amy’ was built by a local shipyard the first of a growing fleet. Ropner used his German origins to build the business by trading with ports around the Baltic. He served as High Sheriff of Durham in 1896. From 1900 to 1910 he was the Member of Parliament representing the constituency of Stockton-on-Tees for the Conservative Party. He was President of the UK Chamber of Shipping in the year 1902. He was knighted in the same year, and he was created Baronet of Preston Hall, Stockton-on-Tees, in the County Palatine of Durham, and of Skutterskelfe Hall, Hutton Rudby, in the North Riding of York on 20th August 1904. Preston Hall Museum, Stockton on Tees Ropner Family Baronetages ROPNER of Preston Hall, County Durham Created 20 August 1904 1st Sir Emil Hugh Oscar Robert Ropner born 16th December 1838. Died 26th February 1924 aged 85 MP for Stockton 1900-1910 2nd John Henry Ropner. Born 7th September 1860. Died 13th July 1936 aged 75 3rd Emil Hugo Oscar Robert Ropner. Born 8th October 1893. Died 5th May 1962 aged 68 4th Robert Douglas Ropner. Born 1st December 1921. Died 12th January 2004 aged 82. 5th Robert Clinton Ropner. Born 6th February 1949 ROPNER of Thorp Perrow, Yorkshire Created 31st January 1952 1st Leonard Ropner. Born 26th February 1895. Died 12th October 1977 aged 82 MP for Sedgefield 1923-1929 and Barkston Ash 1931-1964 2nd John Bruce Woollacott Ropner. Born 16th April 1937. Died 13th February 2016 aged 78 3rd Henry John William Ropner born 24th October 1981.
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