Dunbeath  Caithness


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Dunbeath like this:

Dunbeath, a village, a bay, and a stream of Latheron parish, Caithness. The village stands on the left bank of Dunbeath Water, ½ mile above its mouth, 6¼ miles NNE of Berriedale, and 20 SW of Wick, under which it has a post office, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments. ...

An ancient place, the kirktown once of a parish of its own name, it possesses an inn and a public school; and fairs are held at it on the third Tuesday of August and November. Dunbeath Castle, crowning a peninsulated sea-cliff, 1 mile S of the village, is partly a fine modern mansion, partly an ancient baronial fortalice, which, in April 1650, was captured and garrisoned by General Hurry for the Marquis of Montrose. Its owner, Wm. Sinclair-Thomson Sinclair, Esq. of Freswick (b. 1844; suc. 1876), holds 57,757 acres in the shire, valued at £6207 per annum. The bay is small, and has no capacity for shipping, but possesses value for its salmon fisheries, and as an excellent station for herring-fishing. Dunbeath Water, issuing from little Loch Braigh na h-Aibhne (980 feet), runs 14½ miles north-eastward and east-south-eastward along a picturesque strath, and falls into the northern curve of the bay.—Ord. Sur., shs. 110, 109, 1877-78.

Dunbeath through time

Dunbeath is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Dunbeath itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dunbeath, in Highland and Caithness | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th October 2020

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