James S. Richardson and guidebooks in Scotland

Second edition 1948, 7th impression 1967

Second edition 1948, 7th impression 1967

James S. Richardson was appointed Inspector of Ancient Monuments in Scotland in 1914. He prepared a series of the Ministry guidebooks from the 1920s (and some were revised in the 1980s).

Second edition 1951, 4th impression 1958

Second edition 1951, 4th impression 1958

Richardson’s work established a line of guidebooks for sites in guardianship in Scotland.

Fourth edition 1953 (2nd impression 1954)

Fourth edition 1953 (2nd impression 1954)

The preparation seems to have been prompted by Sir Charles Peers, the Chief Inspector. The continuing use of Richardson’s text in the present guidebooks (such as Dundrennan Abbey, Dryburgh Abbey) over nearly 80 years indicates the value of his description and analysis.

Second edition 1948 (9th impression 1973)

Second edition 1948 (9th impression 1973)

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