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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

Catherine Henderson Barnie

Catharine Henderson 1832.jpg In what I hope can be a reoccurring series, I am happy to introduce you to one of the Henderson ancestors. The distinguished lady pictures is Catherine Henderson. The photograph comes courtesy of Cousin Sally Crossley, one of her descendants.

Catherine was the youngest daughter born in 1832 to Angus Henderson (born 24 Apr 1802, son of James of Rhian) and his wife Catherine Gunn (born about 1800 in the Dunbeath area). This family is believed to have lived at a croft in an area called Balnabruich (see map here for where that is) close to the town of Dunbeath.

She married a man named George Barnie (born 1818 in Ramscraigs) who worked as a farm hand on the Dunbeath Estate (more on the Barnies later) on 15 February 1856 and settled in the Ramscraigs area. During this period, the Herring boom was nearing a crest, and the town of Dunbeath was a bustling hub of industry. All facets of life were tied to the growing fishing industry, and the swell of commerce it brought to Dunbeath men and women seeking work, and there is some evidence that George may have worked for a time with Donald Henderson making shoes at his shop at Ramscraigs. In the 1861, George Barnie listed his profession as a Fisherman in the Scottish census.

George and Catherine had 9 children. and lived to a ripe old age of 96, dying in 1914.

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3 comments to Catherine Henderson Barnie

  • Morag Sutherland

    I am looking for information about George Barnie killed Flandes 1918 son of John Barnie from Dunbeath whom I suspect must be related to this lady- great photo by the way- do you have any information at all to help build up our information on teh Clyne War memorial in Brora in Sutherland where his name is commemmorted? many thanks

  • Lorna Irvine

    Hi Morag

    I’ve been looking at a trio of WW1 medals on ebay, to A Barnie of the Seaforth Highlanders, and in an effort to find out who he was, went to the CWG – Commonwealth War Graves commission website to find a George Barnie. i suspect they must have been related. i know this is a late message after yours of Feb last year, but just in case it helps. the medals are currently up for sale at http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271528145111?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2648&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

    Best wishes
    Lorna in Edinburgh

  • Pat (Barnie) Reid

    Dear Morag: I’m the GG granddaughter of George(1818-1914)& Catherine(1832-1920)Barnie. Their first born son George (my great grandfather: 1860-1948)went to Brantford, Ontario, Canada and that is where my grandfather George Albert(1888-1964) and my father George Buchanan(1922-2013)were born. My GGrandfather did have a younger brother John and I believe his son was also named George (so many Georges) Before my father passed, we had many lengthy talks about our family and he didn’t know of any that were killed during WW1. Another son of George & Catherine…William…who had moved to Fort St. John, BC, Canada joined the Canadian army in 1916…came back safe but was murdered 1919. He was buried on his homestead and his name added to his parents headstone. My great grandfather didn’t want to upset his mother and told the rest of the family, that William died of a heart attack. Being very close with his grandfather, my father was told the truth. If I ever come across any more info…I will surely pass it onto you. Pat Reid ….Carrying Place, Ontario, Canada

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