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.

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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

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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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Maps


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Maps and charts

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James Henderson Grave Stone585 viewsThe headstone of the grave of James Henderson, the younger brother of Reverend Adam. James was sickly for most of his life and died at a very early age.
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The Dunbeath Coast In Storm576 viewsThe rocky cliffs near the Dunbeath castle as a storm blows in. The majority of the coast in Caithness are sheer cliffs of sandstone, at times over 100 feet high.
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Tacksman's House Exterior706 viewsAn exterior view of the Tacksman's house at Baile Gean. This is the main house in the villiage, and would be the family of the man who held the tack, or lease for the lands of the village. This structure, more than the others, helped me better interpret the ruins at Knockfin, as the foundation for the main house are still clearly visible, and actually quite similar in size to this blackhouse structure. Note the tartan rugs hanging on the door.
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Newtonmore Sheiling Hut662 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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Barn Interior744 viewsThe interior of a re-constructed highland barn at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, Scotland. This structure features an open weave wattle wall to allow the breeze to help separate the grain from the chaff.
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Henderson Kin at Dunbeath596 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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High Street In Wick548 viewsThe high street in Wick, just after rain early one October morning.
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The Laidhay Croft Museum654 viewsThis wonderful structure is a preserved Caithness "White House" at the Laidhay crofting museum north of Dunbeath.

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Interior of the Weaver's Cottage746 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 Villiage731 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 Exterior819 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 Floor809 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 Interior778 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 Dyke788 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 Village793 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)843 viewsA second example of a sheiling hut near the Baile Gean village in Newtonmore.Oct 02, 2011