David Ramsey (c.1580-1659)

This page is to present some extra information regarding our research on the clockmaker David Ramsay. Our article on him was published in Finch et al 2019 AH June in 2019, and here we present some background information about the sources used in the article. These include transcripts of key documents that underpinned the research plus links to information available freely on the web.

David Ramsay was also the focus of a talk at the Royal Museum of Scotland in January 2020.

Finch et al 2019 Figure 3a
David RAMSAY table clock c. 1610 now in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Our research suggested that this clock was manufactured in Paris following a commission to Ramsay from Britain. (Image permission of the V&A).

Original Documents

References Relevant to David RAMSAY

Petition of David RAMSAY 1645

Article on Philip ZIEGLER whom Ramsay knew

Clockmakers’ Company Charter 1631

History of the Spectacle-Makers’ Company (with which we make analogies)

Since the publication of the article, I have discovered that in 1642 David RAMSAY was the defendant in an action for debt by John ROWLAND gent (TNA: KB27-1677). This is presumably one of many actions for debt that were initiated against Ramsay and led to his imprisonment in the Gatehouse in 1642.

David RAMSAY pieces

Watch at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Table Clock at the Victoria and Albert Museum (images used in the article)

Watch at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Sale at Sotheby’s of the Watch illustrated in the article

The collection of the Clockmakers’ Company, which includes the star-shaped watch illustrated in the article.

Alarm Watch at the British Museum

Leonard POE and his family


History of the Family of Poe by Bewley