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

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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Rapids on the Dunbeath Water450 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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High Street In Wick424 viewsThe high street in Wick, just after rain early one October morning.
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The Alexander Bain - Wick410 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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Clan Gunn Areas - 13th Century342 viewsBy the 13th century, the Gunns had established at least five distinct areas of control in Caithness, each part of the larger Gunn confederation. The heart of the Gunn clan was the church of St. Magnus (the patron saint of the Gunns) in Spittal. This was the home base of the Hospitaliers of St. Magnus, are religious martial order modeled on the Knights Templar.
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Henderson Kin at Dunbeath461 viewsI felt like such a giant compared to these wonderful folks, who were kind enough to participate in the filming of Landward episode 23. From left to right include Bruce Henderson, John Angus Miller, Bimms Henderson, and Margaret Irvine.
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Bruce at Knockfin448 viewsI am sitting on the rubble of what was probably the grain kiln at Knockfin, Berriedale. This is the oldest spot we know our Henderson ancestors lived, during the early to mid 1700s.
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Newtonmore Sheiling Hut523 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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Low Tide At Dunbeath449 viewsLow tide reveals the inclined sandstone layers that are common along the Caithness coast

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Interior of the Weaver's Cottage598 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 Villiage579 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 Exterior652 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 Floor636 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 Interior615 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 Dyke632 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 Village634 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)691 viewsA second example of a sheiling hut near the Baile Gean village in Newtonmore.Oct 02, 2011