Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland
A collection of 137 maps of Scotland, published between 1573 and 1873, named after George Keith, 10th and last Earl Marischal of Scotland, a lifelong adherent to the Stuart cause, who was one of its first custodians. Its nucleus is generally considered to be a Jacobite collection formed at the exiled Stuart court at St Germain-en-Laye. Noteworthy items include a copy of Willem Blaeu’s Scotia Regnum, based on Mercator’s map of 1595, a fine coloured copy of Nicolaes Visscher’s Exactissima Regni Scotiae Tabula (c. 1689), and Vincenzo Maria Coronelli’s Le Royaume d’Écosse divisé en Deux Parties, corrected by Jean Baptiste Nolan (Paris, 1689) and dedicated to ‘le Prince de Galles, fils de Jacques II’. A later edition in the collection, dated 1708, is dedicated to ‘Jacques III, roi d’Angleterre’. The history of these maps after the Earl Marischal’s death in 1778 is obscure, but in the 1870s they were part of a collection of Stuart historical records known as the Marischal Trust. They remained in France until the 1970s and were acquired by the National Library in 1978.
Shelf catalogue in the Map Library.