I just noticed that Gogar Castle is being sold by Savilles. At £2.9+ million I’m not really in the market, but have passed on details to my older brother who is more flush. According to the Wikipedia Gogar Castle remained in the hands of the Gibson-Maitland (later Ramsay-Gibson-Maitland, and later Ramsay-Steel-Maitland) families for 200 years until the death of Brenda Steel Maitland in 2002. She left the castle and estate to Gordon Stewart who looked after her in later life (see more here).
The Wikipedia account is is only partly true because my 6 x gt grandfather William Ramsay of Barnton bought Gogar House (as it was known then) for £37,000 in 1789. He was an Edinburgh banker, and a director of the Royal Bank of Scotland, who also owned Barnton House, Bonnyfield Lodge and Drylaw House. Sadly, the Ratho Local History site doesn’t seem to be online any more, but they had records showing that William Ramsay’s brother Peter the stabler is buried at Castle Gogar. The records also showed that my 4 x great grandmother Susan Ramsay of Barnton had a child at there. She was the granddaughter of William Ramsay, and she married Alexander Maitland in 1819. I’m not sure if the child born at Castle Gogar was my great great great grandfather George Ramsay Maitland. I’m presuming the castle remained in the estate of the Ramsay family until the death of Charles William Ramsay Ramsay of Barnton in around 1861 as a result of a coaching accident. He was only 21 and was unmarried, and the estate then devolved to his cousin, Sir Alexander Charles Maitland, 3rd Bt, (brother of my 3 x great grandfather George Ramsay Maitland).
It thought one of my Macdonald/MacNab ancestors may have also lived at Castle Gogar, or Gogar House as it was formerly known. I found the following snippet about my 4 x great grandmother Jessie Macdonald who married John MacNab, of Shenaghart in Kintyre, in the The Jacobite Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Grants of Honour, Extracted… by Melville Henry Massue Ruvigny Et Raineval:
The elder (and only one who left issue), Jessie, was born at Garvabeg in the parish of Laggan, 1779, and died at Gogar, near Stirling, 27th May 1859, having married at Laggan, 1801, John MacNab of Shenaghart in Kintyre, and of Sherrobeg in Badenoch, by whom, who was born 1765, and died at Sherrobeg, 10th April 1847, she had with five sons an only daughter, Christina, wife of Angus Macdonell, twentysecond Chief of Keppoch.
I’d found a record in the archives of the Blairlogie village website for a Mrs MacNab at Gogar House in 1857 with a note saying “Gogar House for rent”. However, Blairlogie is in Sterlingshire whereas as Castle Gogar is in Rigg near Edinburgh, so it’s not the same place and may not be the same Mrs MacNab. I wonder if Jessie was living with one her children when she died. The Blairlogie Village site archives list an “Alex McNab as “resident of Blairlogie Mains” in 1852 Blairlogie Mains. Maybe this is the same Alex MacNab my cousin Hamish has listed as one of the children of John MacNab and Jessie Macdonald as follows:
- Duncan MacNab b: 24 FEB 1805 in Laggan, Inverness, Scotland
- Alexander MacNab b: 29 JAN 1806 in Laggan, Inverness, Scotland
- John MacNab b: 29 APR 1807 in Laggan, Inverness, Scotland
- Alexander MacNab b: 25 MAR 1809 in Laggan, Inverness, Scotland (think this should be Archibald not Alexander see here)
- Charlotte MacNab b: 16 DEC 1810 in Laggan, Inverness, Scotland
- Ronald MacNab b: 29 AUG 1812 in Laggan, Inverness, Scotland
- Francis MacNab b: 9 JAN 1815 in Laggan, Inverness, Scotland
- Christina MacNab b: 9 NOV 1816 in Laggan, Inverness, Scotland
- Allan MacNab b: 2 DEC 1820 in Laggan, Inverness, Scotland
They might provide me with some more MacNab leads, although I may have to renew my subscription to Ancestry.com. I’ll add Castle Gogar to my fantasy road trip to the Scottish Lowlands when I get round to planning that one. Hope I’ll get another invite for tea from the new owners.