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.

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Berriedale


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Photographs in and around Berriedale, Caithness

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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

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Highland Folk Museum


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

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Badbea


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2 files, last one added on Sep 19, 2010

Maps


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Maps and charts

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Newtonmore Sheiling Hut331 viewsUphill from Baile Gean are a pair of sheiling huts, small rough structures constructed to provide shelter during the summer. During the longer days, the cattle, sheep and goats were moved from the village to higher pasture land, and the people assigned to tend the flocks lived in these huts. These pastures were at times many miles away from the village.
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Sandstone Formation at Dunbeath327 viewsThis photo shows the geology of the Caithness coast, with it's multiple strata of sandstone eroded by the relentless pounding of the sea. This "face in the cliffs" is just south of the Dunbeath castle.
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Rapids on the Dunbeath Water282 viewsDuring the October 2008 visit, there was a string of storms that swept Scotland bringing snow to the hills of Caithness and filling the rivers with flood.
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Ballachy Farm331 viewsLooking at the Ballachly farm on the Dunbeath Strath. The location of an early Christian holy site may have been situated on this land, according to local legend. This is frequently referred to as the "House of Peace".
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Ackergill Tower236 viewsThe tower at Ackergill, near Wick in Caithness. This was once a stronghold of clan Keith in the north.
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Low Tide At Dunbeath280 viewsLow tide reveals the inclined sandstone layers that are common along the Caithness coast
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Newtonmore Sheiling Hut (2)460 viewsA second example of a sheiling hut near the Baile Gean village in Newtonmore.
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Storm Wreaths the Dunbeath Castle293 viewsA sudden squall cloaks the Dunbeath castle in a shroud of rain.

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Interior of the Weaver's Cottage397 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 Villiage393 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 Exterior429 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 Floor411 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 Interior391 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 Dyke406 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 Village406 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)460 viewsA second example of a sheiling hut near the Baile Gean village in Newtonmore.Oct 02, 2011