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[MANUSCRIPT; SCOTLAND; ORKNEY]. [Biographical Sketch Of Rev. David Ramsay. KirkWall].

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[MANUSCRIPT]. [Biographical Sketch Of Rev. David Ramsay. Kirkwall].

[Orkney?]: [c.189-?]. 4to, 21cm, 23ff text on rectos only over c.30ff. 20th c. black vinyl (binders ticket of A W Lumsden, Edinburgh), gilt upper cover titling, new endpapers.

David Ramsay, pioneer in the development of the congregational church in Orkney, was born in Barry, Scotland and after a quiet upbringing discovered the work of the preachers Rowland Hill and Robert & James Haldane and afterwards became a dissenter from the presbyterian church. He learnt the trade of a weaver and lodged with congregationalists and obtained a place in the Haldanes classes, in 1807 he came to Orkney and decided to build a chapel with other believers which met with immediate success. He carried on a business in straw plaiting as a means of support and developed his church when he could. Final leaf contains an ink note concerning a proposed biographical sketch of the Reverent Jason McNaughton, first pastor at Ramsay’s church, 1852-59 which has not been completed and another leaf left blank for a note about Rev John Black, the first minister (not completed). A fair copy (lower half of first leaf heavily stained and last eight lines not legible; lighter staining to remaining leaves not effecting legibility). Exlibris bookplate of Scottish oil industrialist and Orcadian, John Davie Manson Robertson. [Ref: 1697] 

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