About Ramsay Cornish

As featured on BBC's Antiques Roadtrip, Ramsay Cornish holds over 100 auctions each year.  We launched 17 years ago and our valuations team have well over 100 years of combined experience.   Please remember that it always pays to consult a valuer, so often we encounter clients who have disposed of the potentially valuable or overlooked.

  • Our staff are always on hand to appraise either at our saleroom or in your home
  • No appointment is necessary if you wish to bring objects to be valued in the saleroom
  • We offer a valuations service for either single items or entire house contents
  • Our specialist team are available throughout Scotland
  • We are always friendly, approachable and discreet, happy to spend time with our clients, tailoring our service to their requirements as necessary
  • We offer formal written valuations for Inheritance Tax/Insurance and Family Division.  Please contact our office to discuss fees and arrangements for this service.
  • All pre-sales advice is confidential 

 

Our Team


Martin Cornish

Martin Cornish

Senior Auctioneer and Valuer

Martin Cornish brings over thirty years’ experience. He trained for the first fifteen years of his professional life with Lyon and  Turnbull of George Street, Edinburgh. A grand lady of Edinburgh auctioneering, Lyon and Turnbull taught him skills which have underpinned his professional life. Integrity, care for the customer and the value of long term professional relationships are key to his working ethic. Martin oversees the Valuations Department with specialist interest in furniture, contemporary design and Oriental works of art.

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Richard Edwards

Richard Edwards

Originally  from the West coast of Scotland, Richard first qualified as a solicitor before going on to build a career in auctioneering.  He joined Sotheby’s New York in 1993 as a specialist in the European Works of Art Dept, before moving to Doyle New York as a General Valuer and Appraiser. Returning to the UK in 2003, he has headed up a provincial auction house in Yorkshire.  We are sure you will find Richard highly knowledgeable with a charming and friendly approach.

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Dickie Pavey

Dickie Pavey

Specialist Valuer and Saleroom Manager

From teenage years as a collector of militaria Dickie found himself working with one of Edinburgh’s most flamboyant and knowledgeable antique dealers, specialising in militaria including medals and weapons, stamps, coins and collectables, in the 1980s.  Dickie learnt by handling a wide range of antiques and collectables; the best way to learn with an experienced and knowledgeable mentor.  With a natural eye, curiosity and eclectic interests, this passionate interest continued as an integral part of his working and personal life.  

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Beatrice Bath

Beatrice Bath

Beatrice trained as a book conservator and bookbinder.  She went on to work with Christies, South Kensington for nine years in the Books & Manuscripts Dept, specialising in autographs and signed memorabilia.  During her time at Christies, Beatrice also worked in the watercolour department, specialising in original book illustrations.  Beatrice was responsible for the Valentine sales held each February as well as Traditional Sports.  On her return to Scotland, she brought up her family and acted as a Regional Representative for a Scottish auction house on the West Coast.  Beatrice brings her enthusiasm and joyful approach to her subject to Ramsay Cornish.

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Drew Bain

Drew Bain

Drew Bain (consultant) from The Laws of Nature, advises on all aspects of taxidermy and natural history.  This is an increasingly delicate area with protective legislation in place and it is essential to ensure that any items in this category are correctly appraised.  Drew can arrange and oversee the entire CITES process enabling sellers to maximise their return for items which are increasingly challenging to sell.

 

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