I’m still trying to find out more about the Ramsay ancestry. Each time a look another piece of the jigsaw fits together. This time I think that I’ve finally worked out that the Peter Ramsay (a banker in Edinburgh) who married Susan Marry Hamilton in 1820, was the son of the banker William Ramsay (junior). William was the brother of my ancestor George Ramsay of Barnton. The Ratho Local history site explains that in 1821 Wm. Ramsey, Banker, Edinburgh gives the Gogar Bank House property (see below) to son Peter.
Well, that clears up that mystery although I’m still none the wiser about how this family suddenly became so wealthy. Obviously, the banking connection has a huge part to play and they would have been very much in the right place and right time given their rise coincides with the Scottish Enlightenment, but how did they get to be in there in the first place?