Badbea Clearance Village, Caithness, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on a tangible connection with the Highland Clearances, 1750-1850 when the old Scottish clan land system was disbanded and thousands of Highlanders were ejected from their homes to make way for large-scale sheep farming. Many of the dispossessed emigrated to Canada, United States and Australasia.

Badbea is one of the few ruined villages which are easily accessible to the public, being located close to the A9 highway on the cliff tops of Berriedale on the east coast of Caithness in the Scottish Highlands.

Badbea was occupied from around 1770 to 1911. A brief chronology is as follows:

  • 1793: Sir John Sinclair evicted eighty of his tenants from the Langwell Estate.
  • 1804: James Anderson evicted tenants from Ausdale.
  • 1830: Donald Home moved families from Auchencraig to Badbea.
  • 1840s: Donald Home evicted families from Badbea to make room for new arrivals.

As will be evident form the image above there is a large stone monument at the site. This records names of families living at Badbea including:

  • John Gunn, 1788-1876.
  • Marion Sinclair, 1787-1837
  • William Sutherland.

Badbea Clearance Village, Caithness, Scotland

Badbea Clearance Village, Caithness, Scotland

Caithness coastline from Balbea Clearance Village, Scotland

Balbea Clearance Village, Caithness, Scotland

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