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Portrait of Sir Andrew Crombie Ramsay (1814-1891)

Andrew Crombie Ramsay  

Portrait in oils of Andrew Crombie Ramsay, by John Hanson Walker, 1880. (GSL/POR/14)

Provenance: Presented to the Society by the Misses Ramsay, 1933.


Elected a Fellow of the Geological Society on 3 April 1844 (no.1419), serving on Council between 1848-1853, 1855-1860, 1862-1869, 1871-1877 and 1878-1881 and the Society’s 29th President, 1862-1864. Awarded the Wollaston Medal in 1871.

A C Ramsay photo 

Carte de visite photographic portrait of Andrew Crombie Ramsay, by Maull & Co, [1865-1877]. (GSL/POR/44/04-02)

Andrew Crombie Ramsay was born and educated in Glasgow. As a young man he was involved in commerce, but through the patronage of Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, Ramsay joined the Geological Survey in 1841. From 1848-1851 he lectured at University College London and from 1851-1871 was at the Royal School of Mines. He was appointed Director of the Geological Survey in 1871 and was in post until his retirement in 1881, receiving a knighthood in recognition of his services.