Ramscraigs - A Caithness Story

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


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Rhian Ruins314 viewsThe ruins of the outbuildings at Rhian photographed from the north side.
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Maiden Pap In Snow320 viewsA late October snow storm bring a shroud of white to the hills between Caithness and Sutherland.
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Strath Cuil / Knockfin323 viewsDown on the field at Knockfin, you can see the broad land that was used for row crop farming for this village in Berriedale.
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Knockfin, Jewel of Berriedale309 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.
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Blackhouse Ruins at Knockfin313 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.
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James Henderson Grave Stone303 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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Grave Stone of Donald Henderson of Ramscraigs315 viewsThe grave stone of my great great grandfather, Donald Henderson of Ramscraigs.
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Rhian Field319 viewsThis is the field next to the Rhian house, looking east over a stormy north sea.
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The Wooded Berriedale Strath338 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.
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Berriedale Water At Knockfin347 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.
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The Ruins of the Berriedale Castle375 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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Berriedale Old Graveyard366 viewsThe graves of my ancestors in Berriedale look south over a stormy sea and the Ord of Caithness
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