Article V. written by Alexander Gunn, aka A Native of Badbea was printed in the Northern Ensign on 2 Oct 1879. Part B
"Though none of the Achencraig folk could be said to be rich, one could get the loan of a twenty pound note from a neighbour fast enough. They lived a frugal, simple, and honest life: industrious and pushing, and very comfortable. There was this difference between them and the Badbea folks, that while one pony was all the horses Badbea could boast of, the Achencraig folk could turn out one each, at least, and all their farming being done in the usual way they raised excellent crops. I have seen as good crops in Achencraig as I have seen anywhere, but no matter. It was laid waste, and the people, some of them born in the place, and who had reached the allotted span, had to tear themselves away from a locality associated with everything that made their lives happy and comfortable. It may be asked, Where did they find a resting place for the sole of their feet?
|Berriedale Church and Newport|
OS One-inch to the mile maps of Scotland,
1st Edition, 1856-1891. Sheet 110-Latheron.
Publication Date: 1877
This 21st C image shows the Berriedale
Church, centre left, surrounded by land
that is still unproductive
|A closer look at the unproductive land near the Berriedale church|
|A Cheviot sheep at Badbea|
|Sir John Simclair at Thurso|