Thomson’s Atlas of Scotland

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John Thomson (1778-1840) was an Edinburgh cartographer who was celebrated for his self-published Atlas of Scotland. His atlas consists of maps of all the counties of Scotland on a very large double-folio scale, compiled from actual surveys on the ground and “forming the most complete series of county maps ever published”. Thomson was particularly proud that “the accuracy of each county in attested by at least four respectable names.”

Our copy, with a dedication to the Earl of Hopetoun, was published in 1831 by the Trustees of Thomson’s estate. It includes 29 colour plates, some double-fold. To the front are two spectacular colour plates showing the comparative heights of mountains and lengths of rivers.

Update June 2014: Sadly our copy of the Atlas was destroyed in the Mackintosh Library fire.

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