The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: British Gardens (1100-1830)

James Ramsey landscape garden designer

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611. No artist of note had hitherto arisen in Scotland in this department of gardening, if we except James Ramsay. This person was employed by Robertson, in Ayrshire, as a mason, and soon displayed a taste for disposing of verdant scenery, and afterwards became a landscape-gardener of considerable repute. He gave ground-plans and drawings in perspective, both of the buildings and verdant scenery. Leith Head, a small place near Edinburgh, is entirely his creation. His style was that of Brown, in his waters and new plantations near the house; but he was less attached to the belt, his clumps were not always regular, and he endeavoured to introduce a portion of third distance into all his views. Ramsay died at Edinburgh in 1794, and this record of his taste is due to his memory.