David Stuart Erskine, the 11th Earl of Buchan, was a conspicuous figure in the cultural life of Scotland in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth century. An enthusiastic proponent of cultural development, his mind brimming with ideas and new projects, he is best known today as the founder of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
Buchan was an enthusiastic builder of monuments and memorials, using these to create a didactic landscape, intended to raise the sensibilities of the visitor. Sadly, what we see today is only a part of Buchan’s monumental landscape: much of the sculpture has been lost in the years since the Earl’s death. Join Dr Iain Fraser to examine what survives and to chase the ghosts of what has been lost. After the talk there will be an opportunity to browse archive material.