Ramsay, Donald - Lot 13

Birth Name Ramsay, Donald - Lot 13 1a
Gender male
Age at Death about 50 years, 3 months


Donald Ramsay was baptized in Campbelltown, Argyll, Scotland, the son of John Ramsey and Margaret Tayler of Ugadale Beg.

Donald Ramsay and Mary MacMillan, later his wife, both emigrated to Prince Edward Island from Scotland around 1770, when he would have been in his early twenties. Some sources say that Mary was brought up by the Ramsay family; in his booklet on the Ramsay family, Thomas Ramsay just says that she travelled to the Island with them. It's also possible that they were married in Scotland, before emigrating.

Maps made by Robert Gray on the occasion of his trip across Lot 13 in 1793 show the farms on the banks of the Conway (now Trout) River as being inhabited by Roderick Gillies, Donald Ramsay, Malcolm Ramsay and George Penman. Gray noted that Donald Ramsay, George Penman, and Malcolm Ramsay had built a grist mill.

Donald died before 1798.

In the 1798 census, Mary was the Widow Ramsay, in Lot 13 with a household of 9. The John Ramsay in Lot 13 was likely their son, married to Margaret Penman, and a head of household in 1798. We have approximate dates of birth for Michael and Malcolm, and they would be the two boys under 16; the 4 males between 16-60 could then be Neil, Donald, Archibald and Angus. There were two girls. One might have expected Donald to have had a daughter named Margaret, after his mother.

According to most sources, children of Donald and Mary were: John, Neil, Donald, Malcolm, Michael, Archibald, Angus, Mary, and Eleanor. Given Mary's approximate dates, she probably had her children from from around 1771 to 1793.

Thomas Ramsay's booklet on the Ramsay family, published in 1920 said:
John, called "Justice John", married Margaret Penman, daughter of George Penman. They lived in Port Hill, Lot 13.
Neil married Katherine Mclntosh, lived in Arlington, Lot 14;
Malcolm married Eleanor Boyle, resided in Lot 11;
Michael married Nancy Smith (1790‑1867), lived in Lot 12;
Archibald, no record;
Angus, no record;
Donald married Mary Cameron or Cannon, resided at Arlington, Lot 14;
Mary married Archibald Montgomery, Port Hill, Lot 13; and
Eleanor married James Townsend.

In the 1861 census, Ramsay households in Lot 13 were headed by Andrew, Arthur, Donald, David and Alexander.

The entry in Past and Present of PEI seems to suggest that Malcolm's father Donald did not arrive with the rest of the Ramsay family on the Annabella:
"Robert Ramsay, Mrs. Rogers' maternal grandfather, was a son of Malcolm and Ella (Boyle) Ramsay, the former being a son of Donald Ramsay, and born in Scotland, where he was educated for mercantile pursuits in the West Indies. He was on his way to Quebec with his parents with the intention to embark at that point for the West Indies, but for some reason stopped in Prince Edward Island, where he remained. Here Donald Ramsay engaged in teaching school, while the remaining members of the family located on Lot 12."



Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about 1748 Ugadale Beg, Argylshire, Scotland    
Baptism May 1748 Cambeltown, Argyll, Scotland bap. 20 May 1748, Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," index, FamilySearch  
Death April 1798 Low Point, Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada    
Arrival 1770     1b


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Ramsay, Johnbefore 1728about 1798
Mother Taylor, Margaretbefore 1798
         Ramsay, Donald - Lot 13 about 1748 April 1798
    Brother     Ramsay, John “The Yankee” about 1750 about 1806
    Brother     Ramsay, Neil Neill - Lot 18 about 1851 before April 1812
    Brother     Ramsay, Archibald - Lot 18 about 1755 March 17, 1839
    Brother     Ramsay, Malcolm - Lot 16 &17 about 1757 1841
    Sister     Ramsay, Janet about 1760 before 1766
    Brother     Ramsay, Angus 1764
    Sister     Ramsay, Jenat Janet 1766


Family of Ramsay, Donald - Lot 13 and McMillan, Mary

Married Wife McMillan, Mary ( * 1748 + after 1798 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage about 1770   might have married before leaving Scotland - no record found  
Name Birth Date Death Date
Ramsay, John - Lot 13about 1770before 1846
Ramsay, Donald Danabout 1772before 1881
Ramsay, Neil - Lot 14about 1775
Ramsay, Maryabout 1781February 20, 1873
Ramsay, Archibaldabout 1782
Ramsay, Angusabout 1785
Ramsay, Malcolm - Lot 11about 17861854
Ramsay, Michael1788March 16, 1852
Ramsay, Unknown daughterbefore 1798

Source References

  1. Gale Research: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
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      • Source text:

        Arrival date: 1770 Arrival place: Prince Edward Island

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