Ramsay the Rich

Ramsay used to be called the Croesus of our English abbeys. It had only sixty monks of the Benedictine order to maintain, and its revenues allowed 1,000 a year to the abbot, and 100 a year for each of its monks.

David Ramsay.
The old watchmaker near Temple Bar. Margaret Ramsay. His daughter, who became the bride of Lord Nigel. (Sir Walter Scott: Fortunes of Nigel.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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