Information about Scotland
- Gateway to Scotland
A source of information about Scotland, with many links, compiled
by the Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh.
- Gazetteer for Scotland
A developing site with information about, and photographs of,
places in Scotland. Supported by the Royal Scottish Geographical
Society and the Department of Geography, University of
- Historic Scotland
Lists buildings of special architectural or historic interest and
monuments of national importance.
- Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical
Monuments of Scotland
RCAHMS provides access to information and material on the sites,
monuments and buildings of Scotland's past through the National
Monuments Record of Scotland.
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Scottish Place-Name Society
- Statistical Accounts of Scotland
Scanned images of the pages of these outstanding sources of
information on Scottish parishes in the 1790s and 1845, searchable
by keyword. Contemporary county maps, showing parishes, are also
- Vision of Britain website
Includes a detailed gazetteer of administrative units from 1801 to
2001, descriptive gazetteers from the 1870s-1880s, the accounts of
travellers, and zooomable historical Ordnance Survey and Land
Utilisation Survey maps for Great Britain. www.visionofbritain.org.uk/
Images of maps of Scotland
More detailed modern maps
- Google maps
Detailed street mapping, satellite imagery, terrain maps, with
gazetteer search options.
Ordnance Survey 1:250 000 scale modern colour raster maps of the
UK (road maps). Searchable by placename, national grid and
Maps for travel at various scales (down to street maps) of UK and
Street and road maps for the whole of mainland Britain, with
address searching by place and postcode. A most useful facility
links latitude and longitude with Ordnance Survey national grid
- Gough Map, ca. 1360
The oldest surviving route map for Great Britain, held in the
Bodleian Library, Oxford.
- British Library Online Gallery
Thousands of zoomable images (including maps and views) from the
British Library's collections, including:
- NLS Maps of Scotland, 1560-1928
In the National Library of Scotland's 'Maps of Scotland' resource
you can access and view thousands of maps as high-resolution,
colour, zoomable images, dating between 1560 and 1935.
- Charting the Nation
Charting the Nation is a collaborative digital imaging and
cataloguing project with the aim of preserving and widening access
to maps of Scotland and their associated archives dating from 1590
- Images of Early Maps on the Web
A comprehensive list of images of maps around the world, with
links to the websites.
Some maps are available on the Scottish Cultural Resources Access
Network, a multimedia resource on history and culture in
Map images and commentaries on the development of the town, based
on the publication Old maps of Kilmarnock.
- David Rumsey Collection
The collection concentrates particularly on maps of America, but
as it also includes world atlases (primarily 18th and 19th century)
there are some maps of Scotland. Plates from world atlases
published by Scots (eg. Fullarton 1872, Bartholomew 1922) are also
- Landmark Old Maps
Jointly owned by Landmark Information Group and Ordnance Survey.
Early Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain (County series) at a
scale of 1:10560 (6 inches to 1 mile) dated between 1846 and 1899.
Searchable by placename, national grid and postcode.
Information about maps and cartography
- Map History / History of Cartography
Descriptions, useful information, and links to web sites on the
history of maps.
- Historical Map Web Sites
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of
Texas at Austin lists, and links to, some map images on the
- Oddens' Bookmarks
Not actively updated from 2004, but still a useful site for all
types of map information, with over 22,000 links.
- Renfrewshire maps
The Early Cartography of Renfrewshire to 1864, by John N Moore,
Glasgow University Library. A carto-bibliography of maps of
- Oddens' Bookmarks
This site, as well as containing all types of useful map
information, also links to map libraries around the world.
- Directory of UK map collections
A list of UK libraries, archives and other collections holding
- National Archives of Scotland -
Search "By Place" using parish names, for accessing records for
thousands of manuscript and unpublished maps of Scotland.
- The National Archives - Kew
The National Archives holds over six million maps, both manuscript
and printed, relating particularly to British official or
government activities, and dating mainly from the 16th to the later
- Legal deposit libraries
The National Library of Scotland is one of six legal deposit
libraries in the UK and Ireland. All have large map collections of
antiquarian and modern maps, of international importance. Some also
specialise in their own areas, e.g. for information about maps of
Ireland contact Trinity College, Dublin.
- National Archives of Scotland
The Register House Plans series (RHP) contains over 100,000
hand-drawn and printed maps and plans.
- Royal Geographical Society
One of the largest private map collections in the world, with 1
million map sheets, 3000 atlases, globes and gazetteers. The
collection has focused on scientifically surveyed maps and charts
from official agencies at home and abroad.
- Royal Scottish Geographical Society
Founded in 1884, the RSGS supports research, talks, publications,
and information dissemination on geography and the wider world,
with important collections including maps.
- British Cartographic Society
An 'association of individuals and organisations dedicated to
exploring and developing the world of maps'.
- Map Curators' Group
'Founded in 1966 as an integral part of the British Cartographic
Society, to promote the professional development of map
- International Cartographic Association
Aims 'to promote the discipline and profession of cartography in
an international context. ICA is the world authoritative body for
cartography, the discipline dealing with the conception,
production, dissemination and study of maps.'
- IMCoS International Map Collectors'
'A forum for those who are interested in maps ... collectors,
dealers, librarians and academics.'
- LIBER Groupe des Cartothécaires de LIBER (Ligue des
Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche)
Group of Map Curators of LIBER (League of European Research
- The Royal Scottish Geographical Society
Aims 'to be the foremost independent body in Scotland promoting
the understanding of the inter-relationships between people, places
and the environment through geographical research, education,
debate, travel and exploration.'
- Society of Cartographers
Founded in 1964, originally named the Society of University
Cartographers. Now aims to support practising cartographer in all
- The Charles Close Society
Aims 'to bring together all those with any interest in the maps,
plans, and related materials of the UK Ordnance Survey ... and to
promote the exchange of information, and encourage and co-ordinate
Email discussion groups about maps
- lis-maps is 'a UK-based forum for issues
related to map & spatial data librarianship'.
- MapHist, 'the Map History Discussion List, is
an e-mail discussion group whose primary focus is historical maps,
atlases, globes and other cartographic documents'.
- MAPS-L is 'an international discussion forum
for Map Librarians, other librarians dealing with (or interested
in) cartographic information, anyone dealing with cartographic
information, cartographers, remote sensors, geographers, and
cartomaniacs of all types'.
- MapTrade 'is an online discussion e-mail list
for antique map collectors, dealers and enthusiasts
Map producers and dealers