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    North Uist

    £20.00
    The definitive scholarly work on North Uist
    ISBN: 9781912476145
    AuthorErskine Beveridge
    Pub Date14/06/2018
    BindingPaperback
    Pages528
    Availability: In Stock

    A stranger, upon landing at Lochmaddy - the principal harbour of North Uist - is apt to receive an unfavourable impression from the vast

    expanse of bogs occupying its east side, which is also absolutely treeless and relieved only by a few hills of no great elevation and by the

    tortuous recesses of salt water lochs penetrating its seaboard.

    Thus Erskine Beveridge opens his classic account of the archaeology and topography of North Uist, the island where he spent much of his

    life. Published in a limited edition in 1911 the book fetched extraordinary prices in the antiquarian market. The book was reprinted as a limited

    edition in 1999 by Birlinn and these are the last few copies of this reprint. The range and quality of Beveridge's work was not surpassed until

    the most recent series of Royal Commission inventories of the 1970s and 1980s and it is all the more extraordinary that this level of expertise

    and range of knowledge should be combined in one individual. Adding to the fascination of the book are more than 150 plates showing the

    island and its sites in a condition from which many have greatly changed. With sections from earliest times to the post Reformation times,

    sections on clan history, climate, topography, place names and much else besides, this is not simply the most important book ever written on

    North Uist but one of the finest works of scholarship ever produced on a Hebridean island.

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    A stranger, upon landing at Lochmaddy - the principal harbour of North Uist - is apt to receive an unfavourable impression from the vast

    expanse of bogs occupying its east side, which is also absolutely treeless and relieved only by a few hills of no great elevation and by the

    tortuous recesses of salt water lochs penetrating its seaboard.

    Thus Erskine Beveridge opens his classic account of the archaeology and topography of North Uist, the island where he spent much of his

    life. Published in a limited edition in 1911 the book fetched extraordinary prices in the antiquarian market. The book was reprinted as a limited

    edition in 1999 by Birlinn and these are the last few copies of this reprint. The range and quality of Beveridge's work was not surpassed until

    the most recent series of Royal Commission inventories of the 1970s and 1980s and it is all the more extraordinary that this level of expertise

    and range of knowledge should be combined in one individual. Adding to the fascination of the book are more than 150 plates showing the

    island and its sites in a condition from which many have greatly changed. With sections from earliest times to the post Reformation times,

    sections on clan history, climate, topography, place names and much else besides, this is not simply the most important book ever written on

    North Uist but one of the finest works of scholarship ever produced on a Hebridean island.