Surname First Name
RAMSAY ALEXANDER
Title/Rank Nationality
MAJOR SCOT
Region Social Status
OFFICER
Education Religion
 
Service Record
COUNTRY LOCATION ARRIVED RANK A DEPARTED RANK B CAPACITY PURPOSE
SWEDEN NORWAY 1612-01-01 CAPTAIN 1612-12-31 CAPTAIN CAPTAIN MILITARY
DENMARK-NORWAY DANISH ARMY 1625-05-01 MAJOR 1625-12-15 MAJOR OFFICER MILITARY
 
Text Source
Alexander Ramsay was the brother of Andrew [SSNE 7273] who had been employed to take a letter from King Gustav II Adolf to James Spens [SSNE 1642] in 1611. Upon his return to Scotland, Andrew called on his brother Alexander, Robert Kerr [SSNE] and Captains George Hay [SSNE 4236] and George Sinclair [SSNE 4233]to recruit for Sweden. In 1612 Alexander Ramsay set sail from Dundee for Norway. he survived the ill-fated journey through Norway with two companies of Scottish recruits. He was captured and forced in to Danish service, although he was later released and handed over to James VI. One source claims he was one of only four - including James Scott [SSNE 7274], Henry Bruce [SSNE 241] and James Moneypenny [SSNE 245] - who were taken in by Robert Anstruther [SSNE 1472] and returned home after a summary interrogation. Ramsay later joined the Swedish army. He is possibly the same as [SSNE 1183]. ........................................................................... T. Michell, History of the Scottish Expedition to Norway in 1612, (Christiania, 1886), pp. 141-6, 157-7, 177-8, 180-3; G. Lind, Danish Data Archive 1573; T. Fischer, The Scots in Sweden (Edinburgh, 1907), pp.215-267; T. Riis, Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot (Odense, 1988), II, p.110; T. Mathison, Fra Bondeoppbud til legsdhaer, (Oslo, 1952), pp.115-120.
© 1995 - Steve Murdoch & Alexia Grosjean.
Published to the internet by the University of St Andrews, November 2004
ISSN 1749-7000