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Vernacular architecture follows traditions passed down from person to person, generation to generation, at any level of society.

The buildings that attract our interest vary in size and construction from small, temporary shelters, through cottages, tenements and farm steadings, to large, enduring tower houses. Usage is likewise diverse, including seasonal shelters, permanent dwellings of all sizes, farms, smithies, watermills and larger industrial concerns.

They are found throughout the country, in both rural and urban settings, and represent many aspects of our history, and of Scotland’s identity. What they all have in common is their construction from local materials using local methods, resulting in characteristics that reflect their environments, so that they sit comfortably within the landscape.


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The latest issue - The Scottish Diaspora - includes articles on buildings with Scottish associations with a geographical range from North America to Tasmania.


The 2023 SVBWG Meeting will be held on the Murthly estate, Perth and Kinross, on Saturday 20 May 2023, by kind invitation of the Murthly Estate and Murthly History Group.


Join the SVBWG and get involved with Scotland's vernacular buildings. Members receive a free copy of our annual journal Vernacular Building. Discounts are available - find out more on our Membership page.

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