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Information about Scotland
- Gazetteer for
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 Edinburgh
- Historic Environment Scotland
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Scottish Place-Name Society
- Statistical Accounts of
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 provided
- Vision of Britain
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.
Images of maps of Scotland
More detailed modern maps
- Google maps
Detailed street mapping, satellite imagery, terrain maps, with gazetteer search options
Maps for travel at various scales (down to street maps) of UK and World
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 numbers.
- National Library of Scotland Maps of
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
- 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:
- 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 to 1740
- Images of Early Maps on the
A comprehensive list of images of maps around the world, with links to the websites
- David Rumsey
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 (e.g. Fullarton 1872, Bartholomew 1922) are also displayed
- 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
Descriptions, useful information, and links to web sites on the history of maps
- Historical Map Web
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin lists, and links to, some map images on the web.
- Directory of UK map
A list of UK libraries, archives and other collections holding maps
- National Records of Scotland
Search 'By Place' using parish names, for accessing records for thousands of manuscript and unpublished maps of Scotland
- The National Archives,
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 20th centuries
- 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 Records of
The Register House Plans series (RHP) contains over 100,000 hand-drawn and printed maps and plans
- Royal Geographical
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
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
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 curatorship'
- 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 research'.
- International Cartographic
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'
The association of European Research Libraries is the 'voice of Europe's research library community'. Its Maps Expert Group provides details of external sites and discussion lists about maps.
- Royal Scottish Geographical
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
Founded in 1964, originally named the Society of University Cartographers. Now aims to support practising cartographer in all fields