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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Belhaven Hamilton Ramsay (1864-1952)

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P. B. H. Ramsay
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Farmer, businessman, soldier.

Born at Edinburgh, Scotland on 1 December 1864, son of William Hamilton Ramsay and Fanny Scarth, he articled in law then served as a lieutenant in the Third Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry. He came to Manitoba in 1886 and located at Virden where he farmed until 1898 at which time he came to Brandon and opened a cigar factory. In 1896 he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Manitoba Dragoons, stationed at Virden and, in 1904, when the unit was converted into the Canadian Mounted Rifles, he was made Captain of A Squadron. He was an early proponent of the Brandon, Saskatchewan and Hudson’s Bay Railway.

He married Sophia Probert of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1886. They had four children: Susan Hilda Hamilton Ramsay (b 1889), Florence Hamilton Ramsay (b 1891), Daisy Hamilton Ramsay (b 1893), and William Hamilton Ramsay (b 1896). He was a member of the Brandon Board of Trade and, in 1903, served as President of the Brandon Club.

He moved to British Columbia in 1911 and died at Vancouver on 8 August 1952.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Birth registrations for Ramsay children, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 December 2015

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