East Linton, East Lothian, Scotland : Tuckwell in association with the National Library of Scotland, 2001.
Book — xviii, 172 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Around 1583-1596 Timothy Pont, a young graduate of the University of St Andrews, undertook his remarkable task of mapping Scotland - the first person to do so in any detail, as far as is known. He spent 13 years during the post-Reformation period travelling around Scotland drawing and naming every hill, loch, and building in miniature sketches. Little is known of Pont's life and the reasons for his initiative are still obscure. Many of Pont's documents were destroyed in a fire in 1673, but at least 77 have survived. Now held by the National Library of Scotland, this collection provides an insight into the history, geography, landscape and architecture of 16th-century Scotland. All the fragile manuscript maps attributed to Pont have now been scanned, revealing details previously invisible to the naked eye. They show natural features such as rivers, coasts, lochs and trees, as well as settlements, towns, bridges, mills and churches. In one 18 inch by 12 inch drawing of Lanarkshire, Pont included 1,385 names. The smallest map is a two-inch square drawing of the islands in Loch Maree. (source: Nielsen Book Data)