About the Author

Bruce Henderson is a computer engineer living in Southern California. With the help of his cousins he is researching the history of the Henderson family of southern Caithness. You can contact him at bruce@sigalarm.com

Family Treasures In Wick


High Street, Wick

During my trip this spring to Caithness, I had a few hours to spare thanks to major road work to repair the Berriedale Braes.  As a result, I went to Wick and spent time at their fantastic heritage center.  Their extensive artifacts and holdings include many items from Wicks history, with a special focus during the herring boom.

The friendly staff had a surprise for me, contrary to what I had been told, the Johnston collection of glass photographic plates had not all been lost.  In fact many hundreds had survived.  In fact they have taken the time to catalog and index them, allowing visitors to look for scenes of interest.

Immediately I began searching for my Henderson kin, and sure enough several Hendersons from Ramscraigs and Dunbeath had their portrait taken on glass plates.  For a modest fee, the museum staff were happy to scan these plates into JPEG files.

As a result, I am pleased to share the first of these treasures, a photograph of a young Donald Henderson, the grandson of Angus (second son of James of Rhian) born in in 1864.  In this photo he is 19 years old.  The family likeness, especially with cousin Sally, is wonderful to see.