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James Ramsay Macdonald
Picture Set 1

Young Ramsay taken around 1875

A remarkable picture of a Stewart wedding in the old Seatown part of Lossie.  It is unusual as Annie Ramsay, - Ramsay's mother is among the group although she was not a Stewart and had no Stewart connection.  It was actually a pre-wedding group when they went around inviting the guests.

List of names of the people in the Stewart family picture

Ramsay with daughter Ishbel at the Lossie railway station along with Provost Cormack.   (Ishbel is the daughter that McKenzie King later named a mountain after.)

R.McD prime minister on a London street - he did not possess a car.

PM at his desk

Ramsay with Albert Einstein.  It was one of many taken of Ramsay by the famous German photographer Erich Salomon. He was Jewish with communist leanings and so not surprisingly ended his days at Auswich concentration camp.

View of the Hillocks, the house in Lossie Ramsay built for his mother, and where he stayed on his visits home.  His grand-daugther Iona Kielhorn lives there now.  Ramsay is seen with others on the porch.  He had the house built with its rear to the street and the front  with its porch facing the bents and woods to the east.

Ramsay leaving to go to the palace to tender his resignation as prime minister to King George V.  According to Iona, on this occasion the King refused to accept his resignation, and Ramsay returned to No. ten Downing street to tell daughter Ishbel to stop packing as they were not leaving yet.  (this was during the coalition government and the King told Ramsay he could not abide "that man Baldwin" who would take over as PM once Ramsay stepped down.  So Ramsay had to continue for a while.  By that time his health was deteriorating.  He died at sea en route South America in 1937. 

A well known picture of Ramsay in the parlour at the Hillocks house, with daughter Ishbel sitting on the chair opposite. Iona Kielhorn has kept that room in almost identical condition.  We were there yesterday, and I was sitting in Ramsay's chair as he is seen in the picture. Ramsay's study has been re-created with its original furnishings, in the upstairs part of the Fishermen's Museum in lossie.


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