The Ruins of Erskine Beveridge

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This is a narrative essay, the animating purpose of which is stylistic as much as analytic. It is a story; and, unusually for academic geography, the story is primary. The essay has no deferred object; it is not ‘about’ something more academic but nor does it abrogate the work of analysis. It narrates the story of the Scottish archaeologist Erskine Beveridge and his family, as told through a prolonged encounter with the ruins of his house situated on the Hebridean island of North Uist. A discussion of ruins, archives and fieldwork runs parallel with, but always subsidiary to, the main narrative.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Early online date21 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • narrative essay
  • story
  • ruins
  • family
  • archaeology
  • historical geography


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