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Settlements[edit]

"Other settlements include Castletown, Halkirk, John O'Groats, Latheron, Mey and, Reay."

This list could get very very long.
Laurel Bush 12:33, 4 Feb 2005 (UTC)

When did the Norse arrive?[edit]

A date would be nice, to the nearest century.

Laurel Bush 16:42, 3 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Gaidhlig language in Caithness[edit]

Added information on the Gaidhlig language in Caithness. Hope someone can format the quotes better.

Re committee areas/article subject[edit]

I note the article is defined currently as being primarily about a Highland Council committee area, which seems to be a somewhat emphemeral concept, unlikely to survive long in its current form. I understand these committee areas have no legislative definition and are purely Highland Council inventions, defined in terms of lists of wards. The council can not control the development of ward boundaries and the relevant Boundaries Commision is not constrained to respect committee area boundaries. Boundaries are expected to change dramatically in 2007 (to create new multi-member wards). Therefore committee areas are likely to have quite different shapes, and perhaps also different names. Laurel Bush 12:45, 16 January 2006 (UTC).

OK. I have just reverted to the form about, primarily, the county, with reference to abolision of parish councils in 1930, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1929. Laurel Bush 12:58, 16 January 2006 (UTC).

Name of the peninsula?[edit]

Is there a name used to properly designate the peninsula that is composed of Caithness and Sutherland, collectively (≈ north-eastern Highlands region)? //Big Adamsky 11:52, 8 February 2006 (UTC)

Far North appears frequently in The Caithness Courier and The John O'Groat Journal, but that term appears to have no official status. Also, it seems sometimes to mean Caithness and Sutherland and sometimes Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross. (See Caithness and Sutherland (UK Parliament constituency), Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (UK Parliament constituency) and Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Scottish Parliament constituency). Collectively, Caithness and Sutherland may represent a Norse/Norwegian perception of the Pictish Kingdom of Cait/Cat. Laurel Bush 12:36, 8 February 2006 (UTC).
I'm not sure if it is a peninsula: we would need to ask a geographer. It probably is though: "water on three sides" it says. If that is the definition of a peninsula then Scotland itself is one! The only geographical descriptor for the wider area that I am aware of is northwest highlands: north and east of the Great Glen fault, ie. from Morvern and Ardnamurchan up to Sutherland and Caithness. Eg. see:
--Mais oui! 09:28, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

North Highland is sometimes used to refer to Caithness and Sutherland. Thurso-centred North Highland College, however, has interests which lie well outside the two former counties. If, collectively, they are seen as a peninsula, then there seems to be no simple name for it. Laurel Bush 10:23, 14 February 2006 (UTC).

Caithness by definition is the headland of the Cat (a Pictish tribal/social grouping prior to the arrival of the Gaels or Norse) and included Sutherland until the creation of the earldom of Sutherland 1235. Therefore Cat is the sensible historical name for the headland in its entirety. Far north is a term bound up in the Victorian Anglo centric view of the UK with the north of Scotland mainland being a distant place. North Highland should only be seen as a political name referring to the northern parts of Highland Regional Council.

There is little or no evidence[edit]

Isn't that an oxymoron since little is referenced negating no evidence? Wikipedia - the source of all knowledge and nonsense - what would we do without it? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 84.135.197.66 (talk) 18:52, 11 December 2006 (UTC).

Local media[edit]

Is caithness.org really a community website? It seems to be very much a private initiative on the part of a particular Highland councillor who is expected to be standing for re-election in May. Laurel Bush 11:46, 21 March 2007 (UTC).

No response on this one? Shall I remove the external link? Laurel Bush 10:38, 31 March 2007 (UTC).

Link removed, then replace after secon thoughts. Laurel Bush 12:17, 2 April 2007 (UTC).

I feel that caithnessonline.com deserves the same courtesy that caithness.org is accorded. Both are Caithness community websites. For one to be favoured over the other is unfair. Either allow both links and references to them, or delete both. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kaishowing (talkcontribs) 18:40, 2 September 2007 (UTC)

As per previous discussions in April, these community forum websites add nothing to the article, I've removed both links. Fraslet 18:53, 2 September 2007 (UTC)

Thank you.—Preceding unsigned comment added by Kaishowing (talkcontribs) 18:40, 2 September 2007 (UTC)

I have reinstated the Caithness Community Website as it is a very valuable source of Caithness information --Russhayley (talk) 20:16, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

how can it be a usefull website when it does not have up to date info. nothing is maintained very regularly. until those in charge of the site become more active with the maintaining and upkeep of the so called local listings it can never be of any use to anyone. it has no place here as the definitive local website. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.1.233.51 (talk) 16:53, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

I'm going to reinstate it because by the logic for removing the caithness.org link means then there never can be any links to non up to date websites. Which means the other links will be removed if there was out-of-date material. This link has been removed before by political opponents to the Caithness.org site owner or by former forum members who have been banned for disciplinary reasons. All are insufficient reasons to remove the link. User:Russhayley|Russhayley]] (talk) 17:10, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

im sorry but i disagree. this issue has already been discussed to death and it was decided that neither of the websites should be listed as they add nothing of importance to this article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.20.31.66 (talk) 19:35, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

I disagree, if you visit Caithness.org you will find that it is a comprehensive and up to date website which is unrivalled by any other. I am sure that if we took this to arbitration then it would be seen this way. And by the way, I can't find anyother local website appertaining to Caithness in general.--Russhayley (talk) 17:39, 18 August 2008 (UTC)


i think thats the biggest joke i have heard in a long time. that so called local website has no right to such claims. plus it seems to be run by some people that ban people who disagree with the opinions of a select few. freedom of speech on that website? i dont think it exists there. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.17.162.196 (talk) 15:38, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Whether you agree or disagree with the views of the Caithness.org admin, you are not serving wikipedia or Caithness any good by removing the link to a website which has the most comprehensive information on the area. I ask of you to swallow your pride and leave the link in place for the good of Caithness.--Russhayley (talk) 18:22, 21 August 2008 (UTC)


ok. if thats the case then the other newer community centric website should be allowed to be listed then. i am adding that also. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.17.162.196 (talk) 19:46, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Infobox[edit]

I have just removed a nonsensical infobox. See Template talk:Infobox Scotland county. Laurel Bush (talk) 14:25, 19 February 2008 (UTC).

Population?[edit]

The population of Caithness is given within the article but there is no reference to where this is sourced from, and it needs it! I'm looking at Scottish Neighbourhood Stats the numbers seem way off so I am rather confused... Andsoshetwirls (talk) 19:41, 30 April 2013 (UTC)