There have been five baronetcies created for persons with the surname Ramsay, four in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia and one in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. One creation is extant as of 2010.
The Ramsay Baronetcy, of Balmaine in the County of Kincardine, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 3 September 1625 for Gilbert Ramsay. He was a descendant of John Ramsay, Lord Bothwell. The fourth Baronet was one of the Scottish representatives to the 1st Parliament of Great Britain and subsequently sat for Kincardineshire. The fifth and sixth Baronets also represented Kincardineshire in the House of Commons. The latter assumed the additional surname of Irvine. The title became dormant on his death in 1806. However, it was revived the same year in favour of his nephew (see the 1806 creation below).
The Ramsay Baronetcy, of Whitehill in the County of Edinburgh, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 2 June 1665 for John Ramsay. The title became extinct on the death of the fifth Baronet in 1744.
The Ramsay Baronetcy, of Bamff in the County of Perth, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 3 December 1666 for Gilbert Ramsay. The title became extinct on the death of the twelfth Baronet in 1986.
The Ramsay Baronetcy, of Abbotshall in the County of Fife, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 23 June 1669 for Andrew Ramsay. The title became extinct on the death of the second Baronet in 1709.
The Ramsay Baronetcy, of Balmain in the County of Kincardine, was created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 13 May 1806 for Alexander Ramsay. Born Alexander Burnett, he was the second son of Sir Thomas Burnett, 6th Baronet, of Leys (see Burnett Baronets) by his wife Catherine, sister and heiress of Sir Alexander Ramsay-Irvine, 6th Baronet, of Balmain (see above). He succeeded to the Ramsay estates in 1806 and assumed the same year by Royal license the surname of Ramsay in lieu of his patronymic. The second Baronet sat as Member of Parliament for MP for Kincardineshire. The third Baronet was Member of Parliament for Rochdale. The seventh and present Baronet is the presumed heir to the dormant Burnett Baronetcy of Leys.
William Alexander Ramsay, eldest son of Captain Francis Ramsay, third son of the second Baronet, was a Brigadier-General in the British Army. His son Sir Bertram Ramsay was an Admiral in the Royal Navy.
Read more about Ramsay Baronets: Ramsay, Later Ramsay-Irvine Baronets, of Balmain (1625), Ramsay Baronets, of Whitehill (1665), Ramsay Baronets, of Bamff (1666), Ramsay Baronets, of Abbotshall (1669), Ramsay Baronets, of Balmain (1806), See Also
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