Ramscraigs - A Caithness Story

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


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Berriedale Old Gaveyard.JPG
Berriedale Old Graveyard337 viewsThe graves of my ancestors in Berriedale look south over a stormy sea and the Ord of Caithness
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Berriedale Harbor301 viewsThe towers on the north end of the Ord and the cottages at the Berriedale harbor
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Berriedale New Graveyard and Church370 viewsHeadstones surround the church in Berriedale. This is known as the Berriedale "new" graveyard
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Grave Stone of Donald Henderson of Ramscraigs288 viewsThe grave stone of my great great grandfather, Donald Henderson of Ramscraigs.
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James Henderson Grave Stone276 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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Rhian Field288 viewsThis is the field next to the Rhian house, looking east over a stormy north sea.
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Maiden Pap In Snow291 viewsA late October snow storm bring a shroud of white to the hills between Caithness and Sutherland.
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The Ruins of the Berriedale Castle349 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 Water At Knockfin320 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 Wooded Berriedale Strath306 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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Blackhouse Ruins at Knockfin285 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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Knockfin, Jewel of Berriedale282 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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