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Name: Pont, Timothy, 1560?-1614?  
Title: [Lower Glen Almond; Strathearn] - Pont 21  
Imprint: [ca. 1583-96]
Pagination: 1 manuscript map ; 26 x 37 cm.
Shelfmark: Adv.MS.70.2.9 (Pont 21)
Notes: There are two separate maps of parts of Perthshire on this sheet, separated by a faint ink line. They are known as Pont 21(1) and Pont 21(2). Pont 21(1) shows the River Almond from a point just west of Perth (not shown) in the east to the Sma' Glen (not named on the map), west of Butthendy (Buchanty) in the west - a distance of about 15km. South of the river, the map extends to Cluthy (Clathy). Pont 21(2) includes the drainage basin of the River Earn from its headwaters west of Loch Eryn (Loch Earn) in the west to a point just east of Duply Cast.[le] (Dupplin Castle) near Aberdalgie, south west of the town of Perth (not shown) in the east. The northern margin encloses Binchoynie Hill (Ben Chonzie, a 3,048ft hill) and the area around Loch Turret. Along the southern margin can be seen Blackford, south west of modern Auchterarder, and the Water of May around Path of Condie in the south east.

Pont 21(1) Lower Glen Almond
  • Pont has used a wide variety of symbols to depict smaller settlements, and larger structures such as Methven Castle are often sketched.
  • A cross has been drawn across this map, perhaps indicating that it had been superseded or that it was considered inaccurate.

  • This area is covered also by Pont 22 (front).
  • Five of Gordon's manuscript maps include part of the area: 2, 4, 6, 41, and 43.
  • See also the printed map of m>Braid-Allaban by Blaeu. It includes the very south west part of this area.

Pont 21(2) Strathearn
  • Much of this map has been over-drawn in dark ink, probably by Robert Gordon. It is likely that Gordon also added the scale bar (lower left), and the title adjacent:
  • The Draught of Strath Erin
    be Mr Timothee Pont

  • This map shows two bridges. One spans the River Earn at Kombre (Comrie) (centre), and the other crosses a small river just east of Kreef (Crieff) (centre right).
  • There are several interesting notes on this sheet. One such, above Loch Eryn (Loch Earn), is re-written in the hand of Gordon. It says:
  • Glen cuyrnan or the hellish
    glen for [th]e steep lyns
    upon it

  • At the south east end of Loch Earn, Pont has drawn ane antient fort of Doundarn (Dundurn).
  • Some of the other notes are transcribed by Stone (1989).


  • The south east of this area is also covered by Pont 22 (front)
  • Three manuscript maps by Gordon cover this area but include relatively little information. They are sheets: 2, 6, and 48.
  • None of Blaeu's printed maps provide coverage of the area. Hence, this map by Pont is all the more valuable as a unique historical source.

View the Pont Maps website.

View maps by Blaeu and Robert and James Gordon.
 
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