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Recording Your Heritage Online

Event ID 566896

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Recording Your Heritage Online


Vallay House, c.1902 Lichened wreck of the crowstepped Edwardian mansion built on a windswept terrace for the island's then owner, the author and archaeologist/naturalist Erskine Beveridge. The cement-harled brick building was equipped with all the fashionable mod cons of its day, and had water piped over from a reservoir on North Uist. Beveridge's son was drowned crossing the strand in 1944 , and it was not long before the house was abandoned for good. The older buildings of Vallay, lime-mortared and gilded with lichen, vary in date and are mostly roofless now. Among these:

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press

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