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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Kiln Barn Interior364 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.
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Baile Gean Kiln Barn Exterior400 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.
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Tacksman's House Interior400 viewsAn interior view of the Tacksman's blackhouse at Baile Gean, Newtonmore. The central peat hearth his hosting a wonderful smokey fire. The low chairs are similar to what would have been typical furniture in such a house, along with the dirt floors. Tartan fabrics hang on the walls to better insulate against the cold winds, and provide decor.
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Dunbeath Water In Flood429 viewsThe picturesque Dunbeath Water swollen with rain after a storm. Note the stand of birch trees to the left which are mentioned in many of Neil M. Gunn's stories about Dunbeath and Caithness.
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House Ruins, Badbea203 viewsThe ruins of an ancient house at the clearance village of Badbea. These houses were built on this windblown location after the farming families were pushed from the land by the clearances in the Langwell strath.
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Knockally House Dunbeath315 viewsWe think this could have been Angus Henderson's (son of James of Rhian) house on Knockally road in Dunbeath. This is the ruins of a traditional Caithness house, and when it was in proper shape would have been painted white with a thatched roof.
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Grave Stone of Donald Henderson of Ramscraigs274 viewsThe grave stone of my great great grandfather, Donald Henderson of Ramscraigs.
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Back Bridge / High Street Wick256 viewsThis curving structure is at the head of Back Bridge street in Wick. This building may have housed the school where young Adam C. Henderson helped teach while preparing to enter the University of Glasgow.

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Interior of the Weaver's Cottage373 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 Villiage369 viewsA wide shot showing the stockman's house, the burn (stream), new construction on the left, and the kiln barn center.Oct 02, 2011
Kiln Exterior.JPG
Baile Gean Kiln Barn Exterior400 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 Floor384 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
Kiln Interior.JPG
Kiln Barn Interior364 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 Dyke379 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 Village378 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)428 viewsA second example of a sheiling hut near the Baile Gean village in Newtonmore.Oct 02, 2011