Agnes Ramage married William Smith 11 June 1725 in Newlands,
Peeblesshire, Scotland. There are several Agnes Ramages born in
the right time period near Newlands:
The first three possibilities for our Agnes Ramage were from the townland of Easter Happrew in Stobo parish. Easter Happrew is just north of the town of Stobo, and was the site of an ancient Roman fort. It was also the site of a skirmish in 1304 which included Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. Since James, William, and Adam were all from the same townland it is possible that they were brothers. Agnes was certainly a popular name, perhaps their mother's name?
The fourth possibility for our Agnes Ramage was from Stoneypath
in the village of West Linton. Stoneypath is the site of a ruined
The Ramage name comes from "the Middle English/Old French word
ramage, which meant wild. It is
thought to have originally been a nickname for an unpredictable
or savage person, which later become a surname". The name was
"first found in Peeblesshire, where they held a family seat from
early times, and their first records appeared on the early
census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine
the rate of taxation of their subjects". (www.houseofnames.com)
The Surnames of Scotland explains: "Payment was made in 1304 to Peter Ramage, 'cokinus,' messenger to the sheriff of Perth, for his expenses (Bain, IV, 483). A family of this name long maintained a connection with Stobo in Peeblesshire. Andro Ramage was rentalit in ane oxgang in the West town of Stobo in 1528, and in 1553 Andro Rammage was rentalit in an oxin gang land in the Hilhows of Stobo, "wakand be deces of wmquhil James Rammaige, his fathyr" (Rental). An oxin gang or oxgang was a unit of measurement. An oxgang was the area that one ox could plow in a year. It was one-half of a husbandland (26 acres), or one-eighth of a ploughgate (104 acres). Andro (Andrew) rented land in Stobo, vacant due to the death of the former James Ramage, his father.
John Rammage was curate of Blanter in 1555 (Protocols,
I), John Rammyche in Haddington gave allegiance to the
king in 1567 (RPC., I, p. 558), Johnne Rammaige was
reidare at Curmannok, 1574 (RMR.), and Edward Rammage
was a mason in Edinburgh in 1599 (Edinb. Marr.)."
From Rental Book of the Diocese of Glasgow. 1509-1570:
Barony of Stobo
1533 Eodem die (the same day), Andro Ramage
rentalit in ane ox gand land in the said town.
1553 Eodem die, is rentellit Andro Rammaige in ane oxin gang of land in the Hilhows of Stobo, wakand be deces of wmquhil James Rammaige, his fathyr.
1556 Eadem die, is rentallit James Ramage in twa ox gang of land in the wester towne of Stobo, be decesse of Andro Ramage, his father, last rentaillit their in; Marion Alexander brwkand it for hir tyme. (enjoying possession of it).
The second day of August, licence gewin to Margareit
Rammaige to mary Jhone Jhonston, and brwk twa ox gang of
land in the wester towne of Stobo, nochtwythstanding on our
actis in the contrair."
(A Liber Protocollorum M. Cuthberti Simonis Notarii Publici Et Scribi, Volume 1 – Rental Book of the Diocese of Glasgow, AD 1509-1570)
Shiels lies between Stirkfield and Cloverhill, and
represents the half ploughgate granted by Ralf le Neym,
which was held as part of the vicarage of Stobo for behoof
of the chapel of Broughton...This church property was feued
out at the time of the Reformation in four portions (lying
runrig) to Ninian Elphinstone, William Ramage, John
Jamieson and John Paterson. The grant to Elphinstone is not
on record, but the other three took infeftment - on 30th
June, 1560, and to this Elphinstone was a witness...Ramage's
one-fourth was conveyed to his brother Robert in
1576, the witnesses to the deed being John and Adam Haldane
and Robert Paterson, all in Broughton Shiels, and John
Paterson, portioner there. (A History of Peeblesshire, J.W.
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