Ramscraigs - A Caithness Story

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


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Coaching Inn at Milton Dunbeath354 viewsThis is the ruins of the coach inn at Dunbeath (Milton) along the track of the old road. It lies some distance up the Strath from the track of the current road near the old Dunbeath mill
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Ballachy Farm318 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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Dunbeath Water In Flood442 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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The Dunbeath Coast In Storm271 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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Knockally House Dunbeath330 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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The Laidhay Croft Museum311 viewsThis wonderful structure is a preserved Caithness "White House" at the Laidhay crofting museum north of Dunbeath.
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The Breakwater of Dunbeath288 viewsThe breakwater stones at the mouth of the natural harbor at Dunbeath.
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Storm Wreaths the Dunbeath Castle280 viewsA sudden squall cloaks the Dunbeath castle in a shroud of rain.
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Dunbeath Castle304 viewsAnother photo of the picturesque castle of the Dunbeath Estate
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Houses At Portormin on the Dunbeath Harbor332 viewsA row of houses lining the mouth of the Dunbeath water and the harbor.
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Dunbeath Castle From The Harbor295 viewsA view of the Dunbeath castle from the harbor. Perched on the cliff face above a stormy north sea, it sometimes reminds me of descriptions of the Castle of the Atriedes on Caladan from Dune.
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The Dunbeath Mill Under Renovation315 viewsThe historical mill on the Dunbeath water being restored in 2008. This fantastic work is being carried out by the preservation trust.
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