Research funding for military maps project

Funding has been announced for a maps research project examining the military landscape of Scotland in the 18th century.

Starting in October, a three-year PhD studentship will research maps and plans which depict the construction of militarised Scotland from roughly 1707 to around 1815. Key to the study are the Board of Ordnance maps, at the National Library of Scotland and elsewhere, which show fortifications, battles, roads and towns. These map collections and associated archival records are also a useful source of information on Scottish clans.

The research will broaden the understanding of this material and its context, and produce a 'finding list' for 18th-century Scottish military mapping which is held in several institutions in England and Scotland.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project is a collaboration between NLS and the Institute of Geography at Edinburgh University. Postgraduates have until 16 June to submit their applications for the studentship. Further details are at

You can view around 400 digitised Board of Ordnance maps and plans in our feature on Military Maps of Scotland.

25 May 2006

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