Charting The Nation
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Adv.MS.70.2.11 (Adair 4)
National Library of Scotland
The Hydrographicall mappe of Forth from the entry to ye Quensferry
Adair, John (b.1660, d.1718)
This manuscript chart depicts the Firth of Forth up to Queensferry and was drawn by John Adair, probably dating from the period 1683-85. It provides information about soundings, rocks, anchorages and the coastal settlements on both sides of the estuary. One interesting feature of this manuscript is the marginal set of views of headlands and islands in the Forth. The actual delineation of the coast is remarkably similar to that on the chart of Edinburgh Firth which appears in Great-Britain's Coasting Pilot by Greenvile Collins (1693), particularly in the gap between Dunbar and St. Abb's Head; but in this case, Adair provides far greater detail of settlements in East Lothian, such as Inveresk and Tranent.
68.5 x 45.8cm (2' 2 15/16" x 1' 6 1/16")
Forth, Firth of
Taylor, Alexander B., 'Manuscript maps of Pont, the Gordons and Adair in the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh',Scottish Geographical Magazine, Nov., 1907, pp.591-592.
Moir, D.G., Early maps of Scotland, v.2, 1983, p.9.
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