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Notable Ramsays

Here is a list of Ramsays and Ramseys who are notable for one reason or another.

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Alexander Ramsey

Allan Ramsay (poet)

Allan Ramsay (artist)

Arthur Michael Ramsey

David Ramsay (Canada)

Dr. David Ramsay

Francis Dennis Ramsay

Col. Francis Ramsey

Frank Plumpton Ramsey

George Ramsay

J. G. M Ramsey

James Ramsay (abolitionist)

Katherine Marjory Ramsay

Princess Patricia

Rebecca Ramsay Reece

Sir William Ramsay

William Morgan Ramsey

William Ramsay of Alexandria


Allan Ramsay (1686-1758) — Also known as Allan Ramsay the Elder, a Scottish poet.

Allan Ramsay (1713-1784) — Also known as Allan Ramsay the Younger, a Scottish portrait painter.  For more information, see his Wikipedia page and visit the links there to pages of his portraits.

Sir William Ramsay — A famous name in chemistry, he discovered many of the noble gases and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904.

Alexander Ramsey (1815-1903) — An American politician, he was the first Governor of the Minnesota Territory, 1849 -1853, and was the second Governor of the State of Minnesota, 1860-1863.  He held other offices including Mayor of St. Paul, and and was appointed to the U.S. Senate.   Ramsay County, Minn., the location of St. Paul, is named for him.  Also his home, the Alexander Ramsay House, in downtown St. Paul is now a museum.

Princess Patricia of Connaught (Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth; later Lady Patricia Ramsay; 1886-1974) was a member of the British Royal Family, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She relinquished her title of a British princess and the style of Her Royal Highness upon her marriage to the commoner Alexander Ramsay.

Arthur Michael Ramsey, Baron Ramsey of Canterbury PC (14 November 1904 – 23 April 1988) was the one hundredth Archbishop of Canterbury. He was appointed on 31 May 1961 and was in office from June 1961 to 1974.

William Morgan Ramsey, a gospel music writer/composer. Especially prominent in singing school circles throughout the South, he became president and owner of the Central Music Company of Little Rock, Arkansas, one of the early leaders of shape-note material in the region. The author of several hundred Gospel songs, including the popular "He Whispers Sweet Peace to Me", Ramsey edited and published more than thirty song books and helped pioneer an industry that would shape the future of American Gospel Music.

Katherine Marjory Ramsay, the daughter of Sir James Ramsay, 10th Baronet of Banff. On 20 July, 1899, she married Marquess of Tullibardine, who succeeded his father as the 8th Duke of Atholl in 1917, whereupon Katharine became the Duchess of Atholl and the Marchioness of Tullibardine. She was active in Scottish social service and local government and also a keen composer.

Frank Plumpton Ramsey, was a British mathematician who also made contributions in the fields of economics and philosophy.  Brother of Archbishop Arthur Michael Ramsey, Frank died at the age of 26.

James Ramsay (1733–1789) was a ship’s surgeon, Anglican priest, and leading abolitionist.

William Ramsay of Alexandria, Virginia, founder of the town of Alexandria, contemporary and friend of George Washington.  His former home, the Ramsay House, is the site of the Alexandria Visitors Center.

Rebecca Ramsay Reese of Alexandria. VA, who helped save and restore The Gatsby Tavern in Alexandria, and the Williiam Ramsay House in Alexandria. It is now the visiter center for Alexandria. See the Brief History of the Ramsay House and the Ramsay House Marker.

David Ramsay (1749-1815) was a doctor and a second-line political figure of the American Revolution but a first-rate and most important contemporary historian of that epoch.

Francis Dennis Ramsay (1925-2009) was a painter related to the Scottish artists Allan Ramsay (1713-1784) and James Ramsay (1759-1854).

Col. Francis Alexander Ramsey (1764–1820) was the owner of the Ramsey House in Knoxville, Tennessee.  His son J. G. M. Ramsey authored the well-known book, The Annals of Tennessee.

David Ramsay (ca. 1740-ca. 1810) was a controversial figure born in Leven, Scotland; who served as a cabin boy in the British Royal Navy, participated in the siege of Louisbourg in 1758 and later acted as a courier, translator and fur and alcohol trader, in part of the lower Great Lakes region consisting of present day southern Ontario, Canada and western New York state.

General George Ramsay (1770-1838), 9th Earl of Dalhousie, was Governor of Nova Scotia from 1816 to 1820, Governor General of Canada from 1820 to 1828 and later Commander-in-Chief in India. While serving as Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia he founded Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The town of Dalhousie, New Brunswick was named after him when he visited there in 1826. Other Canadian places named after him: the villages of East and West Dalhousie in Nova Scotia, Earltown, Port Dalhousie (a community in St. Catharines, Ontario), Dalhousie Station, an adjacent square in Montreal, Quebec, plus a township in Eastern Ontario. He also founded the city of Ottawa—capital of Canada.