Detail from town plan
Kilmarnock, 1819.
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Local maps can help you to familiarise yourself with the area of Scotland that your ancestors came from.

They can also confirm specific information about your ancestors — land tenure or ownership, for example.


Early Scottish maps online

The National Library of Scotland's map collection is one of the largest in the world. We have around 2 million maps, covering most parts of the globe.

Many of our early Scottish maps are available online, including:

Find out more about our online maps.


Maps Reading Room services

Please contact Maps Collections if you want to:

  • Visit us to see maps
  • Find out how maps can help with your family history research
  • Buy copies of our maps.


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