Hunting Diary of Mr George Ramsay of Barnton

Can’t say I’ve developed an interest in what my father would call ‘sport’, as opposed to what he’d call ‘games’, i.e. what most people commonly refer to as sport. Strangely, I agree with him that what most people commonly refer to as ‘sport’ are just games, but not because I think ‘sport’ should only refer to hunting, shooting and fishing. That said I was interested to stumble upon The History of the Linlithgow and Stirlingshire Hunt 1775-1910 on Electric Scotland, not least because it included a copy of miniature of Mr George Ramsay of Barnton, who is one of my Scottish Ancestors via my great grandmother (Alice Marie) Elsie Maitland.

Mr George Ramsay of Barnton
Mr George Ramsay of Barnton

They also have a copy of his Hunting diary, which I’ve included below. The whole diary can be seen over on Electric Scotland.

George Ramsay of Barnton Hunting Diary
George Ramsay of Barnton Hunting Diary


The History of the Linlithgow and Stirlingshire Hunt
explains how Lord Elphinstone was joined in the management by Mr George Ramsay of Barnton, the only surviving son of Mr William Ramsay of Barnton, banker in Edinburgh, one of the directors of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Mr George Ramsay, who was born on the 10th of August 1767, began to hunt almost immediately after his return to this country from Paris in the end of the year 1789. George Ramsay had been tutored by the Scottish Philosopher Dugald Stewart, and accompanied him on a tour of the Continent. The miniature above of him the Caledonian Hunt coat of the period, painted by Inglehart about three years later. Apparently, “the reproduction conveys no idea of the beautiful colouring of the original, which, worthy of the artist’s work, is set in gold and diamonds”.

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, George Ramsay had married, in 1791, the Hon. Jean Hamilton, sister of William, seventh Lord Belhaven. Their daughter Susan married Alexander Maitland, son of Sir Alexander Charles Maitland, 2nd Bt. and Helen Gibson-Wright.

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