Ramscraigs - A Caithness Story

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

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

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Photographs in and around the village of Dunbeath, Caithness.

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Photographs in and around Berriedale, Caithness

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Photographs of the royal burgh of Wick, Caithness.

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General photographs around the wilds of county of Caithness, Scotland

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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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Maps and charts

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The Neil Gunn Memorial In Dunbeath320 viewsA photo of the state of Kenn and his salmon from the book "Highland River" by Neil M. Gunn. This bronze statue is at the mouth of the Dunbeath water. Locals tell me that the fish is not nearly big enough.
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Nan Bethune At The Dunbeath Heritage Centre323 viewsThe fantastic Nan Bethune at the Dunbeath Heritage Centre waiting to being filming of our segment of Landward episode 23
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The Breakwater of Dunbeath349 viewsThe breakwater stones at the mouth of the natural harbor at Dunbeath.
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Rhian Farm Ruins337 viewsThe ruins of one of the outbuildings at Rhian, south of Dunbeath in Caithness. Rhian was the home base for the Hendersons of this area during the early 1800s. The original highland blackhouse which stood on this site was salvaged for dressed stone to make the modern house (named Rhian) on this land.
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The Landward Crew316 viewsThe Landward crew preparing to set up to film the Knockfin segment of Landward episode 23 inside the Dunbeath Heritage Centre
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Sunrise on the Latheron Coast356 viewsThe coast near Latheron in Caithness with the sun rising through breaking storm clouds. The lighting on this stormy morning was fantastic.
Rhian Ruins347 viewsThe ruins of the outbuildings at Rhian photographed from the north side.
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The Dunbeath Coast In Storm329 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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Interior of the Weaver's Cottage463 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 Villiage453 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 Exterior505 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 Floor488 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 Interior471 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 Dyke482 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 Village484 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)538 viewsA second example of a sheiling hut near the Baile Gean village in Newtonmore.Oct 02, 2011