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 Allan Ramsay

Allan Ramsay

Birth
Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death 7 Jan 1758 (aged 71)
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Burial Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Memorial ID 20121 · View Source
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English Poet. Born in Leadhills, Lanarkshire. His father was manager of Lord Hopetoun's mines there, and his mother, Alice Bower, was the daughter of a Derbyshire mining expert. In 1704 he was apprenticed for five years to a wigmaker in Edinburgh. By 1718 he had become known as a poet, having issued several short humorous satires printed as broadsides. He had also written (l7l6-18) two additional cantos to the old Scots poem of "Christ's Kirk on the Green" that were cheerful pictures of rustic life and broad humor. He then started business as bookseller, later adding a circulating library (1725), apparently the first in Britain. Known as "Honest Allan", his career was eminently prosperous, although the theatre built in Edinburgh at his own expense (1736) was soon closed down by the magistrates. In 1740 he built a small house (the "Goose-Pie") on the Castle Hill, where he spent his last years in retirement. He was the father of the artist Allan Ramsay, his namesake.

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  • Added: 3 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20121
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Allan Ramsay (15 Oct 1686–7 Jan 1758), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20121, citing Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .