BALFOUR RAMSAY, Robert (c.1698-1767), of Whitehill, Edinburghshire.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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14 Mar. 1751 - 1754

Family and Education

b. c. 1698, o.s. of George Balfour of Balbirnie, Fife by Agnes, da. of Robert Lumsdain of Strathvithy. m. 3 June 1736, Anne, da. and h. of Sir Andrew Ramsay, 4th Bt., of Whitehill, and h. to her bro. Sir John Ramsay, 5th Bt., on whose death Oct. 1744 he assumed add. name of Ramsay, more than 1s. 1da. suc. fa. 1743.

Offices Held


Returned unopposed at a by-election for Edinburghshire, Ramsay regarded himself as keeping the seat warm for Robert Dundas, the son of the former Member. On 14 Sept. 1753 he offered to stand down in favour of Dundas, explaining that it was only with reluctance that he had taken the seat,

as it was a thing when proposed, that I had not entertained a thought of, so had I rested on my own opinion, without regard to those who intended me such an honour, I should have declined it.1

He relinquished the seat to Dundas in 1754.

He died in 1767.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. G. W. T. Omond, Arniston Mems. 148-9.