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 HES Head of Collections Lesley Ferguson, this stunning volume highlights one of the nation's earliest and most remarkable photographic collections.
‘A beautifully illustrated account of the work of the late 19th and early 20th century amateur photographer Erskine Beveridge, who can rightly be credited with taking the first significant archaeological images of Scotland’ The Scotsman, Writers’ Choice Books of the Year
‘Captivating Images’ Press & Journal, Book of the Week
‘A wealth of fine black and white images showing rural Scotland on the brink of social and economic change’ Country Life