Ramscraigs - A Caithness Story

The history, genealogy and folklore of the Henderson family of Ramscraigs, Berriedale and Dunbeath, Caithness


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Ramscraigs


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Ramscraigs was once a small village south of Dunbeath along the Caithness coast. It was the home range for most of our Henderson ancestors.

2 files, last one added on Jul 06, 2010

Landward


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Photographs from the making of the Landward episode featuring our return to Knockfin.

8 files, last one added on Sep 17, 2010

Dunbeath


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Photographs in and around the village of Dunbeath, Caithness.

26 files, last one added on Sep 19, 2010

Berriedale


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Photographs in and around Berriedale, Caithness

19 files, last one added on Sep 19, 2010

Wick


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Photographs of the royal burgh of Wick, Caithness.

7 files, last one added on Sep 17, 2010

Caithness


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General photographs around the wilds of county of Caithness, Scotland

2 files, last one added on Sep 19, 2010

Glasgow


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Photographs of the Henderson family in Glasgow from 1865 onwards

3 files, last one added on Sep 19, 2010

Highland Folk Museum


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Photos of a re-creating highland blackhouse village at the Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore Scotland.

14 files, last one added on Oct 03, 2011

Badbea


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2 files, last one added on Sep 19, 2010

Maps


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Maps and charts

1 files, last one added on Aug 08, 2011

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The Alexander Bain - Wick507 viewsFantastic pub in Wick, the "Alexander Bain", named for the man who invented the technology behind the fax machine in the mid 1800s.
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Blackhouse Interior - Cottar's House881 viewsThis is the interior of a highland blackhouse at the Baile Gean. This photo shows the dirt floor with the rough timber couples, and long rafters or "Cabers" framing the thatched roof. Also prominent is a re-creation of a 1700s "Box Bed".
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Robert Henderson Grave In Berriedale612 viewsThe grave of Robert Henderson and family in the Berriedale old graveyard.
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George Bethune and Sandy Gunn591 viewsThe ever wonderful George Bethune poses with Mr. Sandy Gunn, owner of the land that the Rhian ruins sit on. Thanks to Mr. Gunn, I was able to fulfill a dream and actually stand on the spot of the Rhian house, and to walk in the ruins of the other structures at the site.
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Rhian Structure534 viewsA close up of the ruins at Rhian. George Bethune theorized that this structure was build much later than the blackhouse the Hendersons would have lived in on this site, and that this structure was likely an outbuilding related to keeping livestock.
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Wick River at Sunrise550 viewsA beautiful day dawns on the little town of Wick, Caithness
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Houses At Portormin on the Dunbeath Harbor629 viewsA row of houses lining the mouth of the Dunbeath water and the harbor.
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Coaching Inn at Milton Dunbeath648 viewsThis is the ruins of the coach inn at Dunbeath (Milton) along the track of the old road. It lies some distance up the Strath from the track of the current road near the old Dunbeath mill

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Interior of the Weaver's Cottage702 viewsA small highland blackhouse structure at Baile Gean that is devoted to weaving. This loom is a re-construction of a period loom, and is actually used by museum staff to create tartan fabrics. In a highland village, not everyone worked the land. Some people earned their keep through weaving, iron smithing and shoe making.Oct 03, 2011
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Baile Gean Villiage682 viewsA wide shot showing the stockman's house, the burn (stream), new construction on the left, and the kiln barn center.Oct 02, 2011
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Baile Gean Kiln Barn Exterior765 viewsAn outside shot showing the Baile Gean kiln barn being rebuilt by the museum staff. Note the roof only has the turf layer, and is just starting to be thatched. Oct 02, 2011
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Kiln Barn - Drying Floor759 viewsThe drying floor of the Baile Gean kiln, showing the wattle grate where the grain would be stacked. Hot air from the firebox would travel up through this grate and dry the grain.Oct 02, 2011
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Kiln Barn Interior726 viewsAnother feature shared by Baile Gean and Knockfin include a grain kiln. These structures were used to dry the grain in the cold, wet Scottish weather. Sheaves of grain were stacked in this structure while peat fires burned in a firebox below the floor to provide hot air to dry the grain. During my visit the kiln was in the process of being re-built, and the museum staff were kind enough to let me photograph inside.Oct 02, 2011
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Baile Gean Village Head Dyke740 viewsIt was typical for highland towns to be surrounded by a drystone wall, or "head dyke" that both marked the boundary of the village, and kept the livestock from wandering unsupervised through people's gardens and homes. The dyke is clearly visible with the tacksman's house behind, and the grain barn / stackyard in the background, left.Oct 02, 2011
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Baile Gean Village743 viewsA wide angle view of the Baile Gean village, in the foreground is a stockman's house where the family kept hogs and sheep. The tacksman's house is behind the large tree on the right. The museum staff is seen constructing a new structure in the background, left.Oct 02, 2011
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Newtonmore Sheiling Hut (2)797 viewsA second example of a sheiling hut near the Baile Gean village in Newtonmore.Oct 02, 2011