Bartholomew half-inch to the mile, Great Britain (1897-1909)
We have added a layer of Bartholomew half-inch to the mile mapping for Great Britain (1897-1909). This includes 29 sheets covering Scotland and 37 sheets covering England and Wales. These sheets have also been mosaicked as a georeferenced overlay. You can also explore these maps through two related applications on our Bartholomew Archive website: the Great Britain time traveller and the Cairngorms layer colour explorer.
Revised Map images website
We have updated our maps website design to improve navigation and usability. The two main search methods, Find by Place and Browse by Category, are now available on all pages, and our georeferenced applications are now fully integrated with all online maps content, using a consistent navigational header. We hope that you find these changes useful, and would be grateful for feedback as we continue to develop the website.
1:25,000 maps of Great Britain, 1937-1961
The 1:25,000 series provides an excellent regional overview of the 1940s and 1950s landscape, and illustrates features such as woodland, roads, railways, field boundaries, footpaths, settlements and farms. It is twice as detailed in scale as the one-inch to the mile mapping and is the most-recent OS 1:25,000 series that is out-of-copyright. The series is available as individual sheets and a seamless mosaic.
25 inch 2nd and later edition maps of Scotland, 1892-1949
25 inch 2nd and later edition maps of Scotland form the most detailed topographic mapping for all the inhabited regions of Scotland from the 1890s to the 1940s. The series is made up of 17,466 map sheets, and all were revised from 1892-1907. Sheets covering more populated and rapidly changing areas were selectively revised from 1914 to the 1940s. You can zoom into the detail of the OS 25 inch maps using an interactive index map, and search by county, parish and a gazetteer of place names.
Six-inch 2nd and later edition maps of Scotland, 1892-1960
Six-inch 2nd and later edition maps of Scotland form the most comprehensive, topographic mapping covering all of Scotland from the 1890s. They illustrate a very wide range of natural and man-made features and are excellent for local and family history. The series is made up of 7,486 map sheets. It was revised for the whole country from 1892-1907, and then updated regularly for urban or rapidly changing areas from 1914 to the 1940s. You can zoom into the detail of the OS six-inch maps using an interactive index map, and search by county, parish and a gazetteer of place names.
New georeferenced search application
Our new Maps of ScotlandFind by Place viewer provides a significantly improved method of accessing 18,000 of our online maps. A range of both old and modern mapping layers provides the user with a customisable backdrop to selecting areas of interest, and keyword searching is provided by placename and National Grid Reference, alongside browseable gazetteers of counties and their parishes.
The new search interface integrates our previous five separate search applications into a faster and clearer interface. The application uses the open-source Geoserver and Openlayers software. View our geo search help to see which map series are included and for further guidance on using the application.
We have made available these geo search application options:
New e-payments system
Our new e-payments system lets you purchase printouts and images of any of our online maps. The system is quick and simple, and it has been integrated with the existing Maps of Scotland website. Just browse to the map you want to purchase, and select the button. Prompts and helpful notes guide you through the payment process using a credit/debit card or PayPal.
Registered customers can also track the progress of their orders, view previous orders, and contact / address information is saved for easier repeat orders. Bespoke orders or other queries for copies of items not on our website can still be sent to email@example.com.
Map Georeferencer pilot application
The Map Georeferencer pilot application allows you to georeference any of our Early Maps of Scotland and then view them as an overlay in Google Earth. The georeferencing is quick and fun, and you can also:
- compare our historic maps directly with present day satellite images
- share, use and georeference the maps in more detail
- view the maps alongside other georeferenced historical maps of the same area
- help improve search methods to find them in future
Free application provides historical OS maps for mashups
Our new historical map application allows anyone to include historical maps of Great Britain in their own websites. It displays sets of Ordnance Survey mapping relating to Scotland, England and Wales, dating from the 1920s to 1940s.
The free application will also run on many mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, or Google Android based phones.
You can use the maps for a range of purposes. They can be:
- Embedded in your own website
- Used for research purposes
- Used as a backdrop for your own markers or geographic data
- Used to create derivative work, such as OpenStreetMap.
Air photo mosaics of Scotland, 1944-1950
These air photographs provide detailed information on the landscape of post-war Scotland, as well as providing a fascinating portrayal of urban topography and land-use. The aerial photography was flown by the Royal Air Force, primarily in Spitfire and Mosquito fighter aeroplanes, but it was intended for post-war reconstruction and planning. The photographs complement paper mapping, and represent the first widespread use of aerial survey methods by Ordnance Survey.
You can search for OS air photo mosaics using a zoomable map of Scotland and by place-names. They are also available as a Google maps overlay, allowing direct comparison to present-day air photography and mapping.
Ordnance Survey's 25 inch to the mile series (1855-1882)
The earliest, detailed mapping for all the inhabited regions of Scotland. The Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile maps are immensely valuable for local history. They provide good detail of all buildings, streets, railways, industrial premises, parkland, farms, woodland, and rivers. All towns, villages and cultivated rural areas were mapped, comprising over a third of the total land area of Scotland.
The bold style of the maps and their attractive, informative, hand-colouring allow easy interpretation for a wide range of uses.
Second World War geo-referenced military mapping of Belgium, 1942-1944
These military maps of Belgium provide reconnaissance information of the whole country at scales between 1:250,000 to 1:50,000. They were compiled and published by the British War Office and used by the Allies during the Second World War.
We have seamed and geo-referenced them so that they can be directly compared with modern Google Map and Satellite views.
Satellite image overlays of Bathymetrical Survey Lochs, 1897-1909
This selection of 33 geo-referenced bathymetrical charts of Scottish lochs allows them to be directly compared with modern Google Maps and Virtual Earth layers. The bathymetrical charts are the most detailed maps showing the depths of these lochs, and they contain useful information too on the surrounding hinterland. We are very grateful to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for geo-referencing these plans as part of a collaborative project with the Library.
Satellite image overlays of OS town plans, 1847-95
New geo-referenced satellite image overlays allow historic town plans for Scotland to be directly compared with modern Google Maps and Virtual Earth satellite and map layers. These town plans (surveyed 1847-1895) are the earliest and most detailed comprehensive snapshot of urban Scotland ever published by Ordnance Survey. 1,900 sheets covering 62 towns in Scotland have now been mosaicked and geo-referenced. The maps can also be searched using a zoomable map of Scotland, a modern street gazetteer, and by National Grid Reference.
Great Reform Act Plans and Reports, 1832
The Great Reform Act Plans and Reports provide detailed maps and related information for 75 towns in Scotland. The plans depict and name many urban features of importance, including major streets, public buildings, industrial premises, docks, canals, and bridges, as well as surrounding farms and villages. Compiled for the purposes of implementing new parliamentary boundaries, their consistent style and scale (of six-inches to the mile), along with their accompanying burgh reports, make them a valuable snapshot of urban Scotland.
Ordnance Survey six-inch maps of Scotland
Ordnance Survey six-inch maps of Scotland form the earliest comprehensive topographic mapping of Scotland by Ordnance Survey. They illustrate a very wide range of natural and man-made features for the first time. The six-inch to the mile scale is the most detailed that covered the whole of Scotland, covering the country in 2,123 sheets. You can zoom into the detail of the OS six-inch maps using an interactive index map, and search by county, parish and a gazetteer of place names.
Survey of Sutherland Estate farms
Around 1772, John Kirk produced detailed volumes of manuscript estate plans for the Sutherland Estates. Kirk's survey of farms in Golspie and Loth parishes included some of the estate's richest arable land. It covered the arable coastal strip from Golspie in the south, through Brora and Dunrobin Castle, to what became Helmsdale fishing village in the north.
Military conquest of Scotland by the Romans
William Roy's Military Antiquities of the Romans in North Britain (1793) is a classic work on the military conquest of Scotland by the Romans. It recorded many newly discovered Roman remains for the first time. As a record of early archaeology Roman sites in Scotland, it is almost unbeatable. Its author, William Roy, is better known for his work on the Military Survey of Scotland (see below), and in founding what became the Ordnance Survey. Roy was a keen antiquarian and man of science, and this splendid volume is a lasting monument to these interests.
Roy Military Survey of Scotland, 1747-1755
The Roy Military Survey of Scotland, known to its contemporaries as the 'Great Map', is a uniquely important historical cartographic document. It provides a uniform graphic snapshot of the entire Scottish mainland at a time when the landscape was beginning an era of rapid change. For many Highland areas, it is the most detailed and informative map that survives for the entire 18th century. For all areas, it is the only standard topographic map prior to the Ordnance Survey mapping in the 19th century.
Regional Maps of Scotland, 1856-1935
Several hundred detailed maps covering all of Scotland from 1856 to 1936 have been added to our sets of online series mapping, which will particularly benefit anyone doing family or local history research. Among these latest additions are Ordnance Survey and Bartholomew mapping intended for walking, cycling and touring. Together they provide an excellent overview of the Scottish landscape for the period.
The Ordnance Survey one-inch to the mile maps come in three editions, covering: