The armiger started the
process of acquiring arms with Peter Gwynn-Jones when he was Blue
Mantle, completing the process after Gwynn-Jones became Lancaster
Herald; they remained friends until Sir Peter died shortly after his
retirement in 2010. It was Gwynn-Jones who suggested the Sea Ram for
the crest being a play on the surname of the armiger. Having lived in
Brooklyn most of his adult life Colonel Ramsay wanted some reference
to the arms of New York and the division of the shield with the
counterchanged lancet voids mimic the arches of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The top of the shield is flared out on each side to further give the
appearance of the towers. The swords represent the armigerís many
years service with the army.
Colonel Ramsay was born in Syracus, New York, in 1931 and grew up in
Rochester where he attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and
later Pratt Institute in Brooklyn
receiving a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art, majoring in Interior design.
The armigerís father was from Bedfordshire, served in a unit from that
county during World War One and was a Red Cross Field Service Director
in the Adriatic during World War Two. Various branches of the
armigerís maternal family settled in New England and New York during
the 17th Century.
The armiger was drafted into the army during the Korean War and served
in nearly every rank from Private to Colonel including that of Warrant
Officer finally retiring as a Colonel and Inspector General in 1988
after nearly 36 years of Federal Service ten of which were on active
duty and twenty five in the Army Reserve.
The armiger holds a number of Federal Awards including the Meritorious
Service Medal with OLC, a number of Commendation Medals, Achievement
Medal and Expert Field Medical Badge and the New York State
Conspicuous Service Cross. After
retirement he joined the Veteran Corps of Artillery (organised as a
State Militia Unit in 1790 with service in the war of 1812 and during
the Civil War, a ceremonial unit with a Firing Battery serving much
like the Honourable Artillery Company) finally retiring in 2008 with
the State Rank of Major General after six years as Commandant.
Happily married for 48 years, Colonel Ramsay and his wife have a son,
daughter, four grandsons and two grand daughters.