Abbreviations:

b. = born

bap. = baptised

c. = christened

c/m = marriage contract

d. = died

d. vita patris = died in the father's lifetime

dsp(decessit sine prole) died without issue

m. = married

RAMSAY

OF WHITEHILL

 

  1. Simon Ramsay of Whitehill, (see below).
  2. Henry Ramsay, settled at Coline, in the kingdom of Poland, where he was a merchant, and dsp before 27 August 1618, when his brother Simon, was served heir to him.[1]

Simon Ramsay of Whitehill, was a servant to Mr John Preston of Pennicuik, President of the College of Justice, by 7 March 1611, when he had a nineteen year tack from that person for the teinds and lands of Wester Ravensneuk.[2] He acquired the lands of Coates and Harwood, in the barony of Pennicuik, from Richard, Lord Dingwall, by Disposition of 18 August 1617,[3] which he disponed to Sir John Preston of Pennicuik on 17 July 1618.[4] He m. at Edinburgh, on 30 January 1612, to Elizabeth, daughter of James Stevenson, Baxter Burgess of Edinburgh,[5] with whom he had a wadset of the lands of Killeith from James, Lord Stewart of Ochiltree15 June 1616,[6] which they disponed to John Inglis, Merchant in Edinburgh, on 4 August 1624,[7] and in right of whom he was admitted to Burgess of Edinburgh on 10 November 1630.[8] He acquired the lands of Whitehill from William Ramsay, son of the deceased John Ramsay of Whitehill, on 26 June 1623 and also those of Easter Deanshouses, in the sheriffdom of Peebles, from that same person for which he had a confirmation under the Great Seal on 31 July 1629,[9] and on 5 September 1629, he and Sir John Preston of Airdrie had a commission to try Margaret Small, Christian Thomson and Isabel Dryburgh in Pennicuik for witchcraft.[10] He d. by July 1644 and was father of,

  1. John Ramsay of Whitehill, succeeded his father and dsp in the house of Monsieur Duval, Chirurgeon at Flairden in the Low Countries, in September 1653.[11] His brother, James, was served heir to him on 11 March 1654[12] and on 9 July 1697, his nephew, Sir John Ramsay, 2nd Baronet, was served heir to him in the lands of Easter Deanhouses.[13]
  2. Sir James Ramsay of Priorletham and 1st Baronet of Whitehill, (see below).
  3. George Ramsay, who is styled third son to the deceased Simon Ramsay of Whitehill when included in the remainder of his brother, James’s charter for Priorletham in 1643. He became an Advocate and dsp in March of 1699, his nephew, William Ramsay, “brother german to Sir John Ramsay of Whitehill and brother son to the sd umquhille Mr. George Ramsay” being “only executor dative decerned as nearest in kine to him.”[14]
  4. Simon Ramsay, is styled youngest son of the deceased Simon Ramsay of Whitehill in the remainder of his brother, James’s charter for Priorletham in 1643.
  5. Andrew Ramsay, bap. at Edinburgh, on 30 May 1622 and had d. by 1643.
  6. Isabel Ramsay, bap. at Edinburgh, on 9 May 1626.
  7. Mary Ramsay, bap. at Edinburgh, on 30 November 1632.
  8. Christian Ramsay, bap. at Lasswade, on 17 May 1634 and m. at Edinburgh, on 29 August 1662, to John Hamilton, Saddler in Edinburgh.[15]
  9. Margaret Ramsay, to whom her nephew, Sir John Ramsay, 2nd Baronet, was served heir general on 11 June 1703.[16]

Sir James Ramsay of Priorletham, Fawside and 1st Baronet of Whitehill, bap. at Edinburgh, on 17 September 1618 and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates. He acquired the lands of Priorletham, in the lordship and regality of St. Andrews, for which he and Anne Baird, his wife, in her virginity, had a conjunct charter under the Great Seal on 1 March 1643, in which he is styled filio legitimo secungenito quondam M. Symonis Ramsay de Quhythill, with remainder to himself and the heirs male of his body, which failing, to his younger brothers, George and Simon, successively.[17] He was served heir general to his brother, John Ramsay of Whitehill, on 11 March 1654[18] and was created a Baronet on 2 1665 with remainder to the heirs male of his body.[19] He m. Anne, daughter of James Baird of Newbyth, (c/m 18 February 1643.[20] She survived him and d. on 14 April 1680), d. on 5 June 1674 and was father of,

  1. Sir John Ramsay, 1st Baronet of Whitehill, (see below).
  2. William Ramsay, bap. at Carrington, on 3 August 1658 and was executor qua nearest of kin to his uncle, Mr. George Ramsay, Advocate, on his death in 1699.[21]
  3. James Ramsay, bap. at Carrington, on 4 October 1659 and d. before May 1663.
  4. Charles Ramsay, bap. at Carrington, on 6 May 1661.
  5. James Ramsay, bap. at Carrington, on 13 May 1663 and was apprenticed to John Watson, Merchant in Edinburgh, on 8 December 1675.[22] He was in Bruges in 1691.
  6. George Ramsay, bap. at Carrington, on 27 May 1664.
  7. Bethia Ramsay, bap. at Edinburgh, on 21 February 1647.
  8. Arrabella Ramsay, bap. at Carrington, on 26 April 1662.
  9. Mary Ramsay, bap. on 15 September 1665 and m. firstly, at Edinburgh, on 3 January 1688, to John Baird, Advocate.[23] She m. secondly, to John Mason of Rosebank and, thirdly, to Henry Bothwell of Glencorse, (he survived her and m. secondly, in 1694, to Mary, daughter of Lord Neil Campbell. He d. on 10 Febrary 1735), and d. in 1693.

Sir John Ramsay, 2nd Baronet of Whitehill, b. on 26 February 1645[24] and succeeded his father in 1674. He d. on 14 April 1715[25] having m. firstly, at Edinburgh, on 29 August 1671, to Anne, daughter and heir of line of Sir John Carstairs of Kilconquhar,[26] (she d. on 19 April 1689), and was father of,

  1. Sir John Ramsay, 3rd Baronet of Whitehill, bap. at Edinburgh on 29 May 1675 and succeeded his father in 1715. He was served heir to his mother on 23 November 1693,[27] then to his maternal grandmother, Isabel Ainslie, Lady Kilconquhar, on 31 January 1717[28] and to his father on 30th March following.[29] He m. Marjory, daughter of Mr. James Deans of Woodhouselee, (she survived him and m. secondly, at Edinburgh, on 14 December 1719, to Major William Drummond, representer of Drummond of Concraig[30]), and dsp on 5 October 1717.[31]
  2. James Ramsay, bap. at Edinburgh on 2 August 1672 and dsp or at least without male issue by 1717.
  3. George Ramsay, bap. at Edinburgh on 29 June 1677 and was apprenticed to George Clarke, Merchant in Edinburgh, on 5 September 1694.[32] He was admitted to Burgess of Edinburgh in right of his master on 30 August 1699[33] and had either died without issue or else without male issue by October 1717 when his immediate younger brother, Andrew, succeeded their elder brother, Sir John in his estate and baronetcy.
  4. Sir Andrew Ramsay, 4th Baronet of Whitehill, (see below).
  5. James Ramsay, bap. at Edinburgh, on 29 July 1683.
  6. Charles Ramsay, bap. at Edinburgh, on 26 September 1684 and was included in remainders of 1708 and 1712.
  7. Isobel Ramsay, bap. at Edinburgh, on 23 May 1676 and m. William Drummond, 4th of Hawthornden,[34] (he d. in 1735). They had issue.
  8. Margaret Ramsay, bap. at Edinburgh, on 29 July 1679.
  9. Mary Ramsay, bap. at Edinburgh, on 28 May 1682 and m. on 22 April 1701, to William Preston of Gorton.[35] They had issue.
  10. Anna Ramsay, d. at Edinburgh, in February 1691.[36]

He m. secondly, on 14 December 1695, to Rosina, daughter of Sir William Purves of Woodhouselee,[37] (she was widow of James Deans of Woodhouselee), by whom he had further issue ;

  1. Eupham Ramsay, b. on 11 March 1698 and m. at Edinburgh, on 21 April 1723, to Roger Aytoun, 7th of Inchdairnie,[38] (he was widow of Barbara, daughter of James Scott, Sheriff Clerk of Edinburgh, whom he had m. in 1716. He d. at Edinburgh, on 19 March 1740).

Sir Andrew Ramsay, 4th Baronet of Whitehill, bap. at Edinburgh, on 2 July 1678 and succeeded his brother, Sir John, on his death in 1717, being served heir to him on 3 July 1718.[39] He m. Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Learmonth, Advocate, (she survived him and d. at Whitehill, on 12 November 1763[40]), d. on 24 December 1721[41] and was father of,

  1. Sir John Ramsay, 5th Baronet of Whitehill, succeeded his father and was served heir general to him, firstly, on 22 January 1726 then again on 10 July 1744.[42] He dsp on 22 October 1744[43] when the baronetcy became dormant and his estate passed to his sister, Anne, as heir to him.
  2. Anne Ramsay, m. on 30 May 1736, to Robert Balfour of Balbirnie, (he d. at Edinburgh, on Sunday 26 January 1766[44]), who, on her succession to her brother’s estate, assumed the surname of Ramsay. She was served heir to her brother, Sir John, in the lands of Gourlaw, Newbigging and others on 24 April 1745[45] and d. in February 1766 having had issue.

 

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[1] C22/7/63.

[2] GD18/611.

[3] GD18/126.

[4] GD18/132.

[5] OPR – Edinburgh.

[6] GD41/395.

[7] GD41/396.

[8] SRS Edinburgh Burgess Roll.

[9] C22/52/212.

[10] Reg Privy Council, New Series Vol. 3. P. 290.

[11] GD143/69/3.

[12] C22/3908.

[13] Services of Heirs.

[14] Edinburgh Tests.

[15] OPR – Edinburgh. See also: RD2/12/385.

[16] Services of Heirs.

[17] C2/57/223.

[18] C22/3908.

[19] C2/61/78.

[20] C2/57/223.

[21] Edinburgh Tests.

[22] SRS Register of Edinburgh Apprentices.

[23] OPR – Edinburgh.

[24] OPR – Edinburgh.

[25] Date of death narrated in the service of his son, John, as heir to him in 1717.

[26] OPR – Carrington.

[27] C22/44/8.

[28] GD59/142.

[29] Services of Heirs.

[30] OPR – Edinburgh.

[31] Date of death narrated in the service of his brother, Andrew, as heir to him in 1718.

[32] SRS Register of Edinburgh Apprentices.

[33] SRS – Edinburgh Burgess Roll.

[34] RS3/103/f.212.

[35] OPR – Lasswade. See also: GD59/141.

[36] Lyon Court records.

[37] OPR – Glencorse.

[38] OPR – Edinburgh.

[39] GD59/143.

[40] Scots Magazine, 7th November 1763 edition.

[41] Date of death narrated in the service of his son, John, as heir to him in 1726.

[42] Services of Heirs.

[43] Date of death narrated in the service of his sister, Anne, as heir to him in 1745. See also: Caledonian Mercury which records: “This Weekd died here the Hon. Sir John Ramfay of Whitehill, Bart. aged about 24. He was efteemed one of the moft accomplifhed Gentlemen of the Age, and dying a batchelor, is fucceeded by George Balfour of Balbirnie Efq; who married the Defunct’s sifter.”

[44] Scots Magazine, 1st February 1766 edition.

[45] Services of Heirs.