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
The old watchmaker near Temple Bar. Margaret Ramsay. His
daughter, who became the bride of Lord Nigel. (SirWalterScott: Fortunes of Nigel.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894