Book of Deer Project to host annual meeting

The AGMs of the Book of Deer Project and the Friends of the Book of Deer will be held in the Kemp Hall, Old Deer on Saturday, June 29.

Doors will be open from 1.30 pm for enrolment, browsing and hospitality.

After a short business meeting, guest speaker, Dr David Walker, a Leverhulme Research Fellow, will give an illustrated talk starting at 3pm.

The talk will be “The Development of the Country House in Banff, Buchan and Formartine from the mid Seventeenth Century to the Present Day,”

It will trace the development of the Vernacular Classical country house in Banff, Buchan and Formartine throughout the eighteenth century, reflecting on the early influence of William Adam’s masterworks at Haddo and Duff. It will look at the remarkable period overshadowed by Revolution in France and wars on the Continent which produced Cairness; then follows the Greek Revival, Neoclassical and Italianate styles which predominated after the wars were over.

The reasons why Classicism was ultimately superseded by more distinctly ‘British’ styles, beginning with English Tudor, and then the adoption, with increasing sophistication, of Scottish styles will be discussed.

Finally David will deal with the country house in the twentieth century – new directions cut short by the First World War, the long period of decline, and the rebirth of the country house tradition in our own times.

David is well qualified, having studied Art History at St Andrews, the subject of his doctoral thesis being the life and work of the Scottish architects Peddie & Kinnear. He worked for the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland before being appointed as a research fellow at Warwick University, studying the career of Sir Basil Spence, the architect responsible for the design of Coventry Cathedral.uFurther information fromAndrew on 07788980105 or email bookofdeer@yahoo.co.uk