Map of southern Scotland

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Postcard of Map of southern Scotland.
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Map of southern Scotland

This is half of a map of Scotland in two sheets. This sheet depicts southern Scotland. It was taken from the atlas 'Atlantis Pars Altera', produced in 1595 by Gerard Mercator.

The map shows that knowledge of Scotland, particularly of the west coast and islands was very inaccurate at this time. This remained the case until the late 16th century surveys of Timothy Pont were published in the mid 17th century.

Gerard Mercator was one of the best known of the Dutch-Flemish school of cartologists. He developed 'projection' - the projecting of a representation of a sphere onto a flat surface.

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Online ID: 000-100-044-261-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1906.137.2
Date: 1595
Dimensions: 463 mm H x 584 mm W
What: Map
Subject: 5. CARTOGRAPHY, Maps, Scotland (Departmental Classification)
Who: Gerardium Mercatorem (Cartographer)
Where: Scotland, South
Description: Half of a map in two sheets, evidently taken from a Dutch book, depicting the southern part of Scotland, to a scale of 13 Scotch miles to 1 inch, Gerardium Mercatorem, 1595
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