Scotland illustrated: mapping and picturing the nation 1680-1720

Four of the principal figures who have provided us with a permanent record of Scotland from the 1680s to the 1720s are to be discussed at a Scottish Maps Forum seminar in Dundee. Organised by the National Library of Scotland, the seminar on Saturday 4 October will explore the work (and personalities) of John Adair, Sir Robert Sibbald, John Slezer and Martin Martin, whose maps, illustrations or texts combine to produce a remarkable and comprehensive picture of Scotland at that time.

  Part of John Slezer's view of Dundee

Open to anyone, the event runs from 10am to 4pm in Dundee University's Tower Building. Registration costs £15, including lunch. The booking form, which is part of the seminar leaflet available here in PDF format, should be returned by 19 September.

The Scottish Map Forum was initiated by the Library last year, as a means of encouraging the use and study of maps, and of spreading and recording information on maps, collections and ma-making, with a particular Scottish emphasis. Issue 3 of Cairt, the forum's twice-yearly newsletter, includes features on Victorian cartographers Alexander and Keith Johnston, and the 'Edinburgh and Leith Pilot', a new acquisition containing sea charts for the east coast coal trade in the 1840s. For further information on the forum or the seminar, contact the Map Library at

6 August 2003

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