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General information about maps


Looking at Old Maps

Maps are a very valuable source of information for local historians. The earliest map of Lanarkshire is the map done by Timothy Pont in 1596. This formed the basis of the Blaeu map of 1654 . Both these maps contain a great deal of useful information about Clydesdale’s farms.

Maps improved greatly in quality in the late 18th century with the maps produced by General Roy. Roy was born near Carluke and was the founder of the Ordinance Survey .

Before the first Ordinance Survey maps were produced in the 1860’s , two important maps were made for Lanarkshire. These were Forrest’s map of 1819 and Thomson’s map of 1832.

The earliest Ordinance maps made in the 1860’s are a useful source of information as they show many features missing on a modern map of the same farm. In many cases the mills which were  such a feature on the Victorian farms disappear.

Many of the maps reproduced on this website are done with courtesy of the Map Library in Edinburgh.  An examplis shown below.

John Thomson's map of the Lanark area in 1832


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