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Vernacular Building 42 - out now

The latest issue includes the following articles:

  • John G Harrison, Archival evidence and urban vernacular houses
  • Geoffrey Stell, Early flatting in Scotland, part 1: documentary and physical evidence
  • Niall A Logan, ‘In the defuncts merchand buith’: 16th- and 17th-century merchants’ premises
  • Mark Cranston, A history of the brick and tile manufacturing industry of Scotland
  • Paul Bishop, A rural water mill in Baldernock, East Dunbartonshire

Find out more on the Publications page.

(2 February 2020)

  Vernacular Building 42  

Interpreting Buildings: AGM and Annual Conference 2020

The 2020 SVBWG AGM and Annual Conference will be held on 7 May 2020. We will meet at New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YT and travel to Dunbar for the afternoon.

The approximate timetable is as follows:

  • 1030 AGM
  • 11.00 Session of talks on the subject of Interpreting Buildings
  • c.1300 Train to Dunbar from Waverley Station. Lunch to be taken on train
  • c.1330 Walking tour of Dunbar, taking in Black Bull Close. Local teashops to be used for refreshments
  • c.1540 or c.1700 Return train to Edinburgh

Further details, including exact timings, costs and links for transport information will be posted on the Events page and will be sent out to the SVBWG emailing list. Please make sure we have your email address.

To register interest, please contact Prof. Niall A. Logan, Wester Acredyke, Balmore, Glasgow G64 4AF

Tel 01360 620563, e-mail

(3 January 2020)

  Macarthurs Store Dunbar  

SVBWG and Cumbria Vernacular Buildings Group joint event

Vernacular Buildings of the Debateable Lands

Find out what effect the Border troubles had on the built environment.

Saturday 8th June 10.00-16.00

Meet Alex Gibbons at Canonbie Village Hall DG14 0UX. Cost £10; tea and coffee provided, but bring a packed lunch.

Places are restricted, so please register with Niall Logan at: or write to Prof. Niall A Logan, Wester Acredyke, Balmore, Glasgow G64 4AF (Tel. 07885 815256).

(26 May 2019)


SVBWG AGM and Conference 2019

This will be held on Thursday 2nd May 2019 in the Scottish Storytelling Centre, John Knox House, High Street, Edinburgh, starting at 10am. The title of the conference is 'The Urban Vernacular'; there will be talks in the morning and a walking tour of the Royal Mile in the afternoon.

Full details and bookings are now available on the Events page.

(31 March 2019)

  Canongate, Edinburgh  

Vernacular Building 41 - out now

The latest issue includes articles on Auchindrain at 50; early farmhouse construction in the western lowlands; Arran watermills; Edinburgh doocots; masons' marks at Douglaston doocot, Milngavie; Cullen House icehouse; and Hermits & Termits, an 18th-century urban villa in Edinburgh.

Find out more on the Publications page.

(22 October 2018)

  Vernacular Building 41  

Industrial Archaeology Conference, Caithness 2018

SVBWG is pleased to announce details of a conference in Caithness from 22-27 June, organised jointly with the Scottish Industrial Heritage Society and Historic Environment Scotland.

This conference includes talks, tours and site visits in and around Caithness, with options starting and finishing in Inverness and a day in Orkney. Full details and a booking form are now available on the Events page.

(25 February 2018)


Follow SVBWG on Twitter

SVBWG is now on Twitter - so spread the word! Get involved, share your photos, take part in events, and find out what people are saying about Scotland's vernacular buildings.

(28 January 2018)

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Scottish Doocot Gazetteer

It is hoped that the launch of the new Group website will encourage members to get involved in research studies, an activity that has been rather neglected in recent years. Before ill-health intervened, Elizabeth Beaton encouraged members to contribute to a series of volumes detailing Scottish Doocots, based on a listing prepared by Ian Temple.

This project has been revived, but it now has an online gazetteer as its objective, rather than a series of printed volumes; members of SVBWG are invited to contribute material. Entries would consist of data under a series of headings such as type of cot, dimensions, materials, flight holes, alighting ledges, nesting boxes. If you would like to contribute to this project, please contact Munro Dunn, who will give further details of what is involved:

(24 September 2017)

  Polwood Doocot  

Annual Conference - October 2017

The SVBWG AGM and Conference will be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 5th October 2017.

The conference theme will be Investigation and Conservation. Full details are now available on the Events page.

(17 September 2017)

  Tiree, Balevullin, Creag Chrom  

Vernacular Building 40 - out now

Vernacular Building 40 is now available.

Find out more on the Publications page.

(17 September 2017)

  Vernacular Building 39  

New SVBWG website launched

We've completely redesigned our website. As well as a brand new look and feel, we've added more information on what we do and how you can get involved, along with other ways of exploring Scotland's vernacular buildings.

We hope you like it, but let us know what you think!

Email your comments to

(14 August 2017)

  Berneray, Laimrig Ruadh  
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