Dean Ramsay Memorial Cross by Tom Gomez

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Born in Aberdeen in 1793, Dean Edward Bannerman Ramsay became one of the more popular church figures in Edinburgh’s history.

His childhood was spent on his great-uncle’s estate in Yorkshire and in 1806 he attended the Cathedral Grammar School in Durham.

He continued his education at St John’s College, Cambridge, and on gaining his Bacherlor of Arts in 1816, he was ordained as curate of Redden, Somerset where he spent much of his time studying botany, architecture and music.

He was particularly fond of music and was an accomplished flautist.

In 1824, Ramsay came to Edinburgh to curate at St George’s in York Place. He was then in appointment minister of St John’s, Princes Street in 1830 where he remained until his death.

He was also made Dean of the Diocese of Edinburgh in 1841 in addition to his appointment at St. John’s.

In 1828 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and became Vice-President of the society In 1862.

Chief founder of the Scottish Episcopalian Church Society in 1838, Dean Ramsay also helped establish Trinity College, Glenalmond, in 1846.

A socialable fellow, Dean Ramsay or as he was known to friends ‘The Dean’, was known for his many ancedotes, many of which formed the basis for his publication in 1858 ‘Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character’ a book which ran to twenty one editions.

His popularity meant he was greatly mourned when he died in 1872 and his congregation placed a commemorative tablet Inside St. John’s and his eight-metre high celtic cross was erected outside the church in 1879 as a memorial to him. Designed by Rowand Anderson, it was made by Farmer and Brindley of London.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS


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  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 5 years ago

    Fantastic image Tommy, and look at the wonderful structures in the BG…. what a sharp piece… and Tom, if you’re looking for work, you would be perfect as a tour guide…. I have a girl friend that does that… she steps up on the tour busses in her town and does her spiel…. then gets back off and the bus goes merrily on its way… Are you sure Tom???? You’re so good at this!!!! And the memorial is a great way to honor Dean Ramsey!!!!

  • Thank you dear Jz. The structures you see in the background are one of the twin Cupolas of St. Cuthbert’s Church (on the right) and Edinburgh Castle (on the left). A tour Guide, hmmmm, interesting thought!!

    – Tom Gomez

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 5 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Thank you kindly …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 5 years ago

    Derseves a feature for both the writting & the photography Tom!!

  • Cheers Robin, allways appreciate your wonderful support …

    – Tom Gomez

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 5 years ago

    A great capture Tom witht he Castle in the background. A wonderful documented history of Dean Ramsay too. Don.

  • Thank you so much Don, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Smith
    David Smithover 5 years ago

    Well Tom Brenda is right you could very ably apply your tremendous talent into any given college or public arena,this is an excellent take and history of Dean is a pleasure to view your work.Regards Dave.

  • Thank you for the wonderful coment Dave, I truly appreciate your great support …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 5 years ago

    this is really lovely Tom, and i learn a lot of history from you lovely narratives.x

  • Thank you kindly dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 5 years ago

    Great shot and info Tom.

  • Thak you so much dear Jacqui …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 5 years ago

    Nicely captured and interesting info. You are a great photographic tour guide Tom.

  • Thank you kindly Trish, so nice of you to say …

    – Tom Gomez

  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 5 years ago

    wonderful work as per norm

  • Thank you so much Steve …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisover 5 years ago

    This is beautiful Tom, love your pov.

  • Thank you kindly Lynne …

    – Tom Gomez

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