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8. Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Orkney, Shetland, the Hebrides, circa 1850 (spine-dated 1849)

Identifier: Coll-10/8

Scope and Contents

The last in the set of eight scrapbook albums compiled by Adam White, this volume contains 141 items mounted on 114 pages.

Geographically the volume begins with three of the historical mainland counties of the north of Scotland: Ross-shire, Sutherland, and Caithness. No doubt reflecting the material available to White, coverage here is somewhat sparse compared with the extent of his other albums, with only thirty items relating to mainland locations.

The volume continues with the island groups of Scotland: Orkney (9 items); Shetland (21); and the Outer and Inner Hebrides (11 and 55 items respectively).

The album’s contents bring together views of the spectacular mountain and coastal landscape of these areas; depictions of settlements such as Thurso and Wick; ruins, ecclesiastical and other antiquities, and landed seats. Rather unexpectedly fifteen etchings of Edinburgh genre subjects by the artist Walter Geikie are also included (a smaller number of Geikie prints are found in the first, Edinburgh, volume of the set).

Besides the Geikie etchings, other notable items include seventeen aquatints published in William Daniell’s A Voyage Round Great Britain (1814-25), and nine etchings after Thomas Dick Lauder from James Wilson’s Voyage Round the Coasts of Scotland and the Isles (1842). The original artworks include three more Ebenezer Landells drawings, four contemporary Shetland sketches by the naturalist W.C. Hewitson, and a watercolour view over Loch Linnhe attributed to Paul Sandby.


  • Other: circa 1850 (spine-dated 1849)

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