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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

Maps of Ramscraigs

When my research first started, I had never heard of Ramscraigs, and finding information about what it was and where it was was my first big challenge. Thankfully my previous military training helped me understand the importance of geography and maps, and thanks to the UK Ordinance Survey, I eventually was able to find a map that listed Ramscraigs and showed some features online. I have reproduced sections of those maps below:

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These maps have had two important locations that are seldom used in the present day:

Knockfin – a small village on a bend in the Berriedale River that was the home of the our Henderson family prior to the second Berriedale clearance. It has several houses, a barn and even a corn drying kiln. A fairly prosperous settlement.

Rhian – a small croft between Borgue and Ramscraigs that James Henderson relocated to upon leaving Knockfin. Historical documents (more to come there) have several interesting things to say about Rhian

Ramscraigs is now a sparsely populated area of Southern Caithness, but at one time as a thriving village that had its own schoolhouse and church. Before the modern A9 road was laid down, the old road took a different course, and early maps show a cluster of buildings (shops?) at Ramscraigs. The area depicted in these maps (which I hope to post in the future) now are simply fields of sheep.

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