|RAMSAY, James Bishop of Dunblane then Bishop of Ross, Right Reverend Mr
Another name for James was RAMSEY, James.2
"Born in Irvine, North Ayrshire, in 1624, James was entered at Glasgow University on 31 March 1645, and was laureated in 1647. He was ordained to the ministry of Kirkintilloch on 19 February 1653... In 1655 he was transferred to Linlithgow. There he met with further obstruction, but the synod declared him to be lawfully called and admitted. He joined the party of the resolutioners, and on 29 May 1661 celebrated the restoration of Charles II by publicly burning the Solemn League and Covenant and the acts of parliament passed during the civil wars...In 1664 he was appointed parson of Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, to which office was annexed the deanery of Glasgow, and from 1665 to 1667 was rector of Glasgow University. On 6 January 1666, in that capacity, he headed the list of subscribers to the oath of allegiance to episcopacy...When Leighton was transferred in 1673 to the archiepiscopal see of Glasgow, Ramsay succeeded him as bishop of Dunblane. He held his first synod there on 30 September the same year. In the second year of his episcopacy he came into conflict with James Sharp, archbishop of St Andrews...In May 1684 he was transferred to the see of Ross. In 1686 he preached in the High Church, Edinburgh, before the members of parliament a sermon against the act for the toleration of Roman catholicism....On the abolition of episcopacy Ramsay was expelled from office, and died at Edinburgh, in great poverty, on 22 October 1696. He was interred in the Canongate churchyard. He married Mary Gartstair, and had eight sons and three daughters. His eldest son, Robert, was minister of Prestonpans."
Noted events in his life were:
• Appointed: Minister, 19 February 1653, Kirkintilloch parish, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. 8
• Appointed: Minister, 1655, Linlithgow parish, West Lothian, Scotland. 8
• Appointed: Parson, 1664, Hamilton parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland. 8
• Appointed: Bishop, 1673, Dunblane, Stirlingshire, Scotland. 8
• Appointed: Bishop, 1684, Ross, Scotland. 8
James married Mary GARTSHORE, daughter of John GARTSHORE of That Ilk and Jean MUIRHEAD. (Mary GARTSHORE was born about 1637.)
1 Internet Site, http://web.archive.org/web/20091020103614/http://geocities.com/Heartland/Pines/3474/d0004/g0000038.html.
2 GRO Scotland, OPR Index of Births and Baptisms.
3 GRO Scotland, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Ramsay_(bishop).
4 ancestry.co.uk, Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-22.
5 ancestry.co.uk, Web: Global, Gravestone Photograph Index, 1265-2014.
6 e-books, Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae by Hew Scott.
7 e-books, Scottish Episcopal Clergy 1689-2000 ed. David Bertie.
8 Internet Site, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Ramsay_(bishop).
9 Internet Site, http://www.electricscotland.com/history/kirkintilloch/chapter43.htm.
Internet Site, http://www.electricscotland.com/history/culross/chapter14.htm.