Ramscraigs - A Caithness Story

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


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The Wooded Berriedale Strath293 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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The Ruins of the Berriedale Castle337 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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The Berriedale Old Graveyard In Spring300 viewsA number of flowers blooming in old graveyard in Berriedale, overlooking the braes and the north sea.
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Strath Cuil / Knockfin283 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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Robert Henderson Grave In Berriedale305 viewsThe grave of Robert Henderson and family in the Berriedale old graveyard.
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Rhian Ruins274 viewsThe ruins of the outbuildings at Rhian photographed from the north side.
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Rhian Field272 viewsThis is the field next to the Rhian house, looking east over a stormy north sea.
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Maiden Pap In Snow278 viewsA late October snow storm bring a shroud of white to the hills between Caithness and Sutherland.
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Looking south to Berriedale276 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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Knockfin, Jewel of Berriedale269 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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James Henderson Grave Stone263 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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Graves At The Berriedale Old Graveyard318 viewsA shot looking up the hill at the Berriedale old graveyard. Many Henderson, Sutherland and Gunn ancestors are buried here.
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