Lewis's Map of Scotland c1840 MAPCO

Map of Scotland
by S. Lewis & Co., London

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The Map

Full Title:
A Map of Scotland Divided Into Counties Shewing The Principal Roads, Railways, Rivers, Canals, Lochs, Mountains, Islands &c. On A Scale Of Five Miles To An Inch.
Drawn By F.A. Carrington. Hills By G.W. Carrington. Engraved By I. Dower. Etched By T. Harwood.
Published By Samuel Lewis & Co., 87 Aldersgate Street, London.
134cm x 193.5cm
1" : 5 miles
Research suggests that Lewis's Map Of Scotland was first issued in 1839 as a supplementary atlas volume to Samuel Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Scotland.

The map consists of three separate sheets measuring 64.5cm x 134cm, each bound in black straight grained Morocco leather with gilt embossing to boards and spines. The Morocco leather bindings measure 14cm x 22cm.

Each map is dissected into 33 sections and laid down on linen, making 99 sections in total. The three folding maps together measure a massive 134cm wide x 193.5cm high. The Lewis map is finely engraved, and has a lovely cartouche of Melrose Abbey in the bottom left corner.
There are several contemporary hand-written ink notes on this map, naming places obviously visited by one of the map's previous owners. These include Glomak Fall and Glasha Forest in Inverness Shire, plus the names and locations of Inns and Lodges stayed in during the tour. Nearby towns have also been underlined, including Fort William and Fort Augustus, and also Porttree, Bracadale and Strath on the Isle of Skye.

The compass rose image used for the background of the MAPCO website comes from Lewis's Map of Scotland. You can view the image by clicking on the compass rose thumbnail to the right.

MAPCO will attempt to determine an exact date for this copy of the map in the coming months. Any assistance with accurately dating this map would be greatly appreciated.

This is a very interesting and detailed map, and a great research aid for Scottish genealogists and historians.

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