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The ancient family of Ramsay is of Anglo-Norman origin. Simundus de Ramesia was the first of the name to appear on record in Scotland. Originally from Huntingdonshire in England, he received lands in Lothian from David I and in 1140 witnessed a charter to the monks at Holyrood. He was founder of the main line and the first Ramsay to acquire land at Dalwolsey.
Sir William Ramsay de Dalwolsey, signed the Ragman Roll in 1296, and joined the forces of Sir Robert Bruce at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. He signed the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 asserting the independence of Scotland to the Pope.
In 1400, Sir Alexander of Dalhousie successfully withheld a six month siege by English forces under Henry IV at Dalhousie Castle. Sir Alexander was killed two years later at Hamildon Hill and his great, great grandson, Alexander was killed at Floddenin 1513. In August 1618, the family received Royal recognition when Sir George Ramsay was created a Lord of Parliament by the title of Lord Ramsay of Melrose, which he later had changed to Lord Ramsay of Dalhousie. Sir George’s son, William, was created Earl of Dalhousie and Lord Ramsay of Keringtoun in June 1633. The earldom of Dalhousie was passed on to another George, 2nd Earl, then William, 3rd Earl, and to George, 4th Earl.
Until the turn of the 20th Century, Dalhousie Castle served as the home of the Earls of Dalhousie. The original structure was built in the 13th century and the main parts of the present baronial mansion were constructed in 1450. Edward I spent a night at Dalhousie before going on the defeat William Wallace at Falkirk. Oliver Cromwell spent some time at the castle in October 1648. Queen Victoria once stayed at Dalhousie Castle. The Ramsays have reason to be proud of their historic eight-hundred-year-old clan seat, for only the Ramsays of Dalhousie may boast about possession of the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland.
In 1928, John Gilbert Ramsay inherited the title of 15th Earl of Dalhousie. He died unmarried in 1950 and was succeeded by his brother, Simon Ramsay the 16th Earl of Dalhousie. He was Governor-General of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1957 until 1963. He became Lord Chamberlain to the Queen Mother in 1965. In 1967, he became a Justice of the Peace and Lord Lieutenant of Angus, serving until 1989. He was a Lieutenant of the Royal Company of Archers (the Queen’s bodyguard in Scotland) and was made a Knight of the Thistle by the Queen in 1971. From 1977 until 1992 he was Chancellor of Dundee University and in 1979 was appointed GCVO. He retired in 1992. He died July 15, 1999 and was succeeded by his son, The Honorable James Hubert Ramsay, the 17th Earl of Dalhousie. The 17th Earl of Dalhousie is the Chief of the Clan Ramsay.
Ramsays in America
The Ramsays have not only contributed to the glories of Scotland, but many members of the family emigrated to North America where they and their heirs played prominent roles in establishing the United States and Canada.
One of the earliest known family members on record in America is Alexander Ramsay. Alexander settled on the Tugaloo River of South Carolina in about 1730. Today, many of his descendants are still living in that area.
In 1735, the name Capt. James Ramsay appeared on a record in Baltimore, Maryland. It is believed that his line of the family extends back to a Scottish Sir James de Ramsay of Dalhousie. The city of Alexandria, Virginia was founded by a Scottish merchant named William Ramsay in 1749. He belonged to the ancient house of Dalhousie and many of his descendants still live in Alexandria.In 1735, the name Capt. James Ramsay appeared on a record in Baltimore, Maryland. It is believed that his line of the family extends back to a Scottish Sir James de Ramsay of Dalhousie. The city of Alexandria, Virginia was founded by a Scottish merchant named William Ramsay in 1749. He belonged to the ancient house of Dalhousie and many of his descendants still live in Alexandria.
The 9th Earl of Dalhousie, General George Ramsay, played a prominent role in Canada in the early 19th century. He established Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and also founded the City of Ottawa.
Many members of the family were active during the War Between the States. Thomas Ramsay was a Union soldier from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Robert, another Thomas, and Charles Ramsey were all Confederate brothers from New Hanover County, North Carolina. Captain John Andrew Ramsay commanded the Rowan Artillery and fought with Lee’s army of Northern VA.
Founding of Clan Ramsay
In July 1964, Dr. Carl C. Bailey, Jr., visited the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and inquired as to the location of the Clan Ramsay tent. There was no Clan Ramsay tent and the Council of Scottish Clans determined that there was no Ramsay organization in existence. In 1975, 1976, and 1977, the Bailey family returned to the Highland Games and rented a tent individually that was labeled Clan Ramsay. During these years, contacts were made with the Earl of Dalhousie, who authorized Dr. Bailey to become Convener of Clan Ramsay and proceed with the organization of Clan Ramsay in North America. In the spring of 1978, correspondence between Dr. Bailey, John Odgers, and Maryel Battin resulted in the decision to organize Clan Ramsay of North America at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in July. This was accomplished with three members of the initial organization.
Clan Ramsay now has over 200 active members worldwide including most of the United States, Canada, Nova Scotia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and France.
Clan Ramsay Genealogy Research
Clan Ramsay is a leader in genealogical research combining traditional research with DNA analysis. We have had a Ramsay World Connect Project underway for the last two years helping Ramsays connect with others. We use traditional research, DNA results, collaboration and the private Clan Ramsay master database. Our sortable database has over 8000 Ramsay Pedigree files and 5000 Ramsay contacts.
For more information, visit the Clan Ramsay Association of North America website at clanramsay.org