Charting The Nation
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L' Escosse deca le Tay, divisée en ses Provinces &c.
Paris : Pierre Mariette, 1665.
Sanson, Nicolas (b.1600, d.1667)
Mariette, Pierre (active 1665)
This map of Scotland south of the Tay is one of several maps of Scotland produced in Paris in 1665 by Nicolas Sanson d'Abbeville, based on Blaeu's Atlas Major of 1662. Blaeu's maps of Scotland were based on surveys by Timothy Pont and Robert Gordon of Straloch. Roads are not marked, reflecting the fact that in the 17th century many routes were still rough tracks few of which were suitable for wheeled vehicles except in good weather. Most journeys would have been on horseback or on foot. Major bridges are shown. An unbroken line between Newcastle and Carlisle probably represents Hadrian's wall, built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD. Its inclusion is a reminder that engravers copying maps often redrew features they did not understand and repeated earlier errors.
51.4 x 38.8cm (1' 8 1/4" x 1' 3 1/4")
Hand coloured in outline
Scotland - south
Moir, D.G., Early maps of Scotland, v.1, 1973, p.172.
© 2002 The National Library of Scotland
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