The Ramsay Family

In Finland there are two noble families the Noble No 17 and the Barons No 40 right.


Our family came to Finland (then part of Sweden) in 1577. The first Ramsay,Joan, belonged to the Dalhousie Ramsay Family in Scotland. First the Ramsays were officers fighting for Sweden in the Baltic countries and at that time family members were moving with the soldiers. As the Swedish King could not pay the Ramsays in cash, they got land in Finland as compensation for fighting.

Click here if you want to see the connection to Dalhousie . The exact connection of Joan (John? or Hans) is not clear, but he had an introduction letter (1628) to the Swedish Noble House from Brechin and his two sons studied at Oxford. Hans Ramsays father was Capt. alexander Ramsay b.abt  1520  mentioned in Balmabrech (3 miles from Brechin) and his granfather Willliam Ramsay b. abt. 1476 and married to Janet Lindsay.

Here you can see some of my Finnish ancestors;

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My father, Henrik 1904-1977 Grandpa, Wilhelm 1865-1928 Carl, August  1791-1855 August 
Anders, Johan
Barbara     1769-1845
 Alexander, Wolter   1825-1891

Anders, Erik   1645-1735  


Ramsay tartans red, blue and festive (Dalhousie) and Ramsay red (the one to the right). Click for bigger pictures.
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To the left the Dalhousie Castle from where all the Scandinavian Ramsays descend.
The castle is situated abt 8 miles south of Edinburg and it is  a hotel today

Link to Ramsay in FINLAND (For famous Ramsays in Finland and Russia)
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