Photographer revisits 19th Century merchant's images

A new book by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) celebrates the landscape photography of Dunfermline merchant Erskine Beveridge.

He travelled across Scotland, taking images, between 1880 and 1919.

While writing and researching the book, Wanderings with a Camera in Scotland, Lesley Ferguson also took contemporary photographs of many of Mr Beveridge's scenes.

Hougharry

Mr Beveridge, who manufactured linen, frequently visited the Highlands and the Inner and Outer Hebrides. This image was taken in 1904 of a crofting township at Hogharry in North Uist.

Hougharry

Hougharry as it is today in a photograph taken by Ms Ferguson, who is RCAHMS' head of collections.

Ben Nevis

A view of Ben Nevis in 1883 when a path was constructed to the summit of Britain's tallest mountain.

Ben Nevis

Every year, thousands of people trek to the same spot Mr Beveridge photographed from Tower Ridge. He made his climb carrying a camera and glass plate negatives. About 700 of his negatives were found by accident in the 1960s just before the demolition of the St Leonards linen works in Dunfermline.

Corpach

Ben Nevis also features in this image of Corpach in 1883.

Corpach

Ms Ferguson also visited Corpach as part of her efforts to better understand Mr Beveridge and his photography. She has also transcribed several of his journals, which she found in Dunfermline Library.

Crail

An image of Crail in Fife in the mid 1880s.

Crail

And the same street as it is today.

Anstruther

Another of the images from the mid 1880s, this time showing fishermen preparing their nets on The Esplanade in Anstruther Wester, also in Fife.

Anstruther

The nets are long gone, replaced by cars, but the buildings remain almost untouched 130 years later.

Scarinish, Tiree

Scarinish harbour in Tiree in 1898.

Scarinish, Tiree

Modern boats and sailing craft now sit in the harbour.

Kirkapol, Tiree

In his journals, Mr Beveridge gave day-by-day accounts of his travels around Tiree. He recorded the roofless remains of the Old Parish Church at Kirkapol.

Kirkapol, Tiree

Ms Ferguson's image shows that the site has remained almost frozen in time.

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