Ramscraigs - A Caithness Story

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

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Looking south to Berriedale353 viewsThe Berriedale Breas and the Ord of Caithness to the south. This shot was taken at Borgue, south of Ramscraigs in Caithness
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Butchers Broom351 viewsFlowering Broom covers a gravestone at the Berriedale old graveyard in Caithness
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Graves At The Berriedale Old Graveyard393 viewsA shot looking up the hill at the Berriedale old graveyard. Many Henderson, Sutherland and Gunn ancestors are buried here.
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Robert Henderson Grave In Berriedale383 viewsThe grave of Robert Henderson and family in the Berriedale old graveyard.
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The Berriedale Old Graveyard In Spring374 viewsA number of flowers blooming in old graveyard in Berriedale, overlooking the braes and the north sea.
Rhian Ruins347 viewsThe ruins of the outbuildings at Rhian photographed from the north side.
Strath Cuil / Knockfin355 viewsDown on the field at Knockfin, you can see the broad land that was used for row crop farming for this village in Berriedale.
Knockfin, Jewel of Berriedale345 viewsThe river terraces at Knockfin show two distinct settlement areas and a broad river terrace which formed an enormous amount of arable land for the village. The field is still covered with run rig beds set some 12 feet apart.
Blackhouse Ruins at Knockfin348 viewsThe ruins of a highland blackhouse at Knockfin, mostly obscured by heavy bracken growth. A later expedition would reveal that this is actually the corner of the largest of the house ruins, probably the home of the tacksman and his family.
The Wooded Berriedale Strath377 viewsThe Berriedale strath holds one of the few heavily wooded areas in Caithness. There is a diverse variety of trees in the valley, and it seems to be yet another reason why this is a natural place to settle and farm.
Berriedale Water At Knockfin383 viewsThe beautiful Berriedale water as it flows past Knockfin and Strath Cuil. The river is stained brown from the peat that the rain flows through before it enter the river. Though you can't see them in this picture, the the river at the bend is jammed full of massive salmon.
The Ruins of the Berriedale Castle409 viewsIn the middle ages, there was a substantial castle at the mouth of the harbor at Berriedale. Today only the ruins of a few footings survive
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