James Ramsay, 17th Earl of Dalhousie

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The Earl of Dalhousie

Coronet of a British Earl.svg
Earl of Dalhousie arms.svg
BornJames Hubert Ramsay
(1948-01-17) 17 January 1948 (age 71)
TitleLord Ramsay (1950–1999)
Other titlesChief of Clan Ramsay
ResidenceBrechin Castle, Angus, Scotland
OfficesLord Steward of the Household
Deputy Lieutenant of Angus
HeirSimon Ramsay, Lord Ramsay
Spouse(s)Marilyn Ramsay, Countess of Dalhousie
Issue3
ParentsSimon Ramsay, 16th Earl of Dalhousie
Margaret Stirling

James Hubert Ramsay, 17th Earl of Dalhousie, CStJ, DL (born 17 January 1948), styled Lord Ramsay between 1950 and 1999, is a Scottish landowner.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Dalhousie was born the son of the 16th Earl of Dalhousie by his wife, Margaret Elizabeth Mary Stirling. His mother was a sister of SAS pioneer and World War II hero Sir David Stirling. Dalhousie was educated at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.

In 1999, upon the death of his father, Dalhousie succeeded to the earldom of Dalhousie and became the 17th Earl. In 2009, the Earl was appointed Lord Steward of Her Majesty's Household, following in succession to the 5th Duke of Abercorn. In 2012, he was appointed as Commander of the Venerable Order of Saint John (CStJ) in 2012. He is Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Angus in Scotland.[3]

The Earl is Chief of the Clan Ramsay.[4] His wife, the Countess, is a Patroness of the Royal Caledonian Ball.[5]

Marriage and issue[edit]

The Earl is married to Marilyn Davina Butter, by whom he has two daughters and a son, being:[6]

  • Lady Lorna Theresa Ramsay (6 February 1975), married and has issue
  • Lady Alice Magdalene Ramsay (10 August 1977), married and has issue
  • Simon David Ramsay, Lord Ramsay (18 April 1981), married and has issue

The Earl and his family reside for much of the year in London, since the Earl has royal duties to perform as Lord Steward of Her Majesty's household. Otherwise, they prefer to live in Brechin, a property in Angus, Scotland, that has been in the Maule-Ramsay family since the 12th century, and which is opened for one month each year to the public.

The family seat, Dalhousie Castle, a 13th-century fortress near Edinburgh, is now a luxury hotel, complete with spa and falconry. Much of the family's immovable properties have been vested into Dalhousie Estates, a family-run business engaged in farming, property letting and forestry, including shooting, fishing and deer stalking. The business venture provides employment for over 90 people.

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of James Ramsay, 17th Earl of Dalhousie
Coronet
A Coronet of an Earl
Crest
An Unicorn's Head couped at the neck armed maned and tufted Or
Escutcheon
Argent an Eagle displayed Sable beaked and membered Gules
Supporters
On the dexter side a Griffin Argent, and on the sinister side a Greyhound Argent gorged with a Collar Gules charged with three Escallops of the first
Motto
Ora Et Labora (Pray and work!)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "James Hubert Ramsay, 17th Earl of Dalhousie". thePeerage.com. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  2. ^ Pelham, Amanda (17 February 2010). "The Lord speaks". Dal News (Dalhousie University). Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  3. ^ Lord-Lieutenant of Angus; accessed 3 January 2017.
  4. ^ "The Clan Ramsay". Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Patronesses". Royal Caledonian Ball. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  6. ^ Peter Beauclerk Dewar (2001). Burke's landed gentry of Great Britain (19th ed.). Burke's Peerage and Gentry LLC. ISBN 0-9711966-0-5. Burke's landed gentry of Great Britain (19th ed.) at Google Books

External links[edit]

Court offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Abercorn
Lord Steward
2009–present
Incumbent
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Simon Ramsay
Earl of Dalhousie
1999–present
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Simon Ramsay, Lord Ramsay
Order of precedence in England and Wales
Preceded by
The Duke of Norfolk
as Earl Marshal
Gentlemen
as Lord Steward
Succeeded by
The Earl Peel
as Lord Chamberlain
Order of precedence in Northern Ireland
Preceded by
The Duke of Norfolk
as Earl Marshal
Gentlemen
as Lord Steward
Succeeded by
The Earl Peel
as Lord Chamberlain