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Holderness, Earl of (E, 1621 - 1626)


Creation: let.pat. 22 Jan 1620/1


Extinct: 28 Feb 1625/6


Family name: Ramsay




Two coats per pale:  1st, Argent an Eagle displayed Sable beaked and membered Gules charged on the breast with a Crescent of the field;  2nd, of augmentation, granted in honour of his services to King James VI in the Earl of Gowrie's conspiracy:  Azure issuing out of the sinister part of the shield a Dexter Arm Or holding a Sword erect Argent Pommel and Hilt Gold piercing a Human Heart Gules the point supporting an Imperial Crown proper


A Unicorn's Head couped Argent armed Or charged with a Crescent Sable


A Unicorn and a Stag both collared


 Haec dextra vindex principis et patriae



John [Ramsay], 1st Viscount of Haddington later 1st Earl of Holderness

2nd son of Robert Ramsay of Wyliecleugh


c. 1580

mar. (1)

8 Feb 1607/8 Lady Elizabeth Ratcliffe (b. 31 May 1594; d. 6 Dec 1618), 1st dau. of Robert [Ratcliffe], 5th Earl of Sussex, by his first wife Bridget Morrison, only dau. of Sir Charles Morrison, of Cashiobury, co. Hertford

children by first wife

1. Hon Charles Ramsay, styled Lord Kingston (bapt. 17 May 1618; bur. vp. 25 Mar 1621)

mar. (2)

Jul 1624 Martha Cokayne (bapt. 26 May 1605; mar. (2) 18 Apr 1627 as his first wife Montagu [Bertie], 2nd Earl of Lindsey; d. Jul 1641), sister of Charles [Cokayne], 1st Viscount Cullen, and 3rd dau. of Alderman Sir William Cokayne, of Rushton, co. Northampton, Lord Mayor of London 1619-20, by his wife Mary Morris, dau. of Richard Morris, Master of the Ironmongers' Company


s.p.s. 28 Feb 1625/6


11 Jun 1606 Lord Ramsay of Barns and Viscount of Haddington

25 Aug 1615 Lord Ramsay of Melrose "to him, his heirs male and assigns whatsoever"

22 Jan 1620/1 Baron Kingston-upon-Thames, of Kingston-upon-Thames in the County of Surrey, and Earl of Holderness


Page of Honour to King James VI; knighted 1600; granted the lands of the dissolved Abbey of Melrose 1609; resigned the Lordship of Ramsay of Melrose to his cousin Sir George Ramsay of Dalhousie


On the death of the 1st Earl of Holderness all his titles became extinct


 First written 20 Mar 2003



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