Ramscraigs - A Caithness Story

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

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Tacksmans House 3.JPG
Tacksman's House Exterior778 viewsAn exterior view of the Tacksman's house at Baile Gean. This is the main house in the villiage, and would be the family of the man who held the tack, or lease for the lands of the village. This structure, more than the others, helped me better interpret the ruins at Knockfin, as the foundation for the main house are still clearly visible, and actually quite similar in size to this blackhouse structure. Note the tartan rugs hanging on the door.
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Interior of the Weaver's Cottage817 viewsA small highland blackhouse structure at Baile Gean that is devoted to weaving. This loom is a re-construction of a period loom, and is actually used by museum staff to create tartan fabrics. In a highland village, not everyone worked the land. Some people earned their keep through weaving, iron smithing and shoe making.
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