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James Ramsay (1733–1789) by Carl Fredrik von Breda, 1789 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ramsay, James (1733–1789), surgeon and slavery abolitionist, was born on 25 July 1733 at Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, the only son of William Ramsay (1683–1754), ship's carpenter, and his wife, Margaret Ogilvie (1696–1772) of Powrie. After attending Fraserburgh grammar school he was apprenticed to Dr Alexander Findlay...