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Wanderings with a Camera in Scotland

Wanderings with a Camera in Scotland

In the early 1960s, in the course of recording a Dunfermline mill building that was scheduled for demolition, RCAHMS surveyors discovered an incredible collection of over 800 glass plate negatives. Taken between 1880 and 1919, the photographs are a remarkable record of a bygone era, ranging from black houses in the Western Isles and Highland crofts in the shadow of Ben Nevis, to remote castles in Argyll and busy harbour views in Fife. 

The photographs were the work of Erskine Beveridge (1851-1920), a wealthy Dunfermline industrialist - and enthusiastic historian and archaeologist - who became one of the finest amateur photographers of his generation. Fascinated by landscapes, boats, buildings and archaeological monuments, Beveridge's images are not just fine, well composed representations of their subjects, but also convey a sense of what made Scotland's places meaningful to him. 

With a biographical introduction by RCAHMS Head of Collections Lesley Ferguson, this stunning volume highlights one of the nation's earliest and most remarkable photographic collections.

  • Audiences:

    Members, Researchers, Visitors, Conservation and Heritage Enthusiasts
  • Contact:

    For more information please call 0845 370 0067 or email
  • Date Published:

    31 March 2014
  • Publisher:

    The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
  • Publication Types:

    Book (General)
  • Author(s):

    Lesley Ferguson

    Lesley is Head of Collections at Historic Environment Scotland.
  • Format(s):

    ISBN: 9781902419886
    170pp, landscape, 279mm x 216mm
    150 (black & white)
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