Ordnance Survey Abbreviations

We are very grateful to Dr Richard Oliver for compiling this list and allowing us to use it. The abbreviations have been compiled from a number of sources, relating to all scales of Ordnance Survey mapping in Scotland, England and Wales. For more information on these abbreviations and their interpretation, please consult Richard Oliver's book Ordnance Survey maps: a concise guide for historians (London : Charles Close, 1993).

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MMark, Mile, Mooring, Mound
MMarsh, Mere, Moat
MMasonry
MMead, Mews, Mound, Mount
(m)Medium (boulder density)
mMetres
MMetres
MMiles
Mag VarMagnetic Variation
MarMarch (month)
MayMay
MBMunicipl Borough
MCMinor Control
MCPAMinor Control Point Album
MCTSMinor Control Traverse Station
MDMound
MeMead
MemlMemorial
MeriMerionethshire
MersMerseyside
metMetalled
MetMetropolitan
Met StaMeteorological Station
MethMethodist
Mg PMooring Post
MHMalt House
MHMan Hole
MH & MLWMean High and Mean Low Water
MH & MLWSMean High and Mean Low Water Springs
MHWMean High Water
MHWSMean High Water Springs
Mid GlamMid Glamorgan
MidlothMidlothian
Min TechMinistry of Technology
MisnMission
Misn ChMission Church
MixMixed, Mixture (woods classification)
MktMarket
Mkt HoMarket House
MLWMean Low Water
MLWSMean Low Water Springs
MOMatter of opinion
ModModule
MonMonument
MonmMonmouthshire
MontMontgomeryshire
MorayMorayshire
MortuaryMort
MPMile Post
MPMooring Post
MPUMail Pick-up
MrManor
MRMooring Ring
MSMews
MSMile Stone
MSDMaster Survey Drawing
MSLMean Sea Level
MTMount
MtMountain
MT, MTsMedium Tide(s)
Mtl HosplMental Hospital
Multi Car ParkMultistory Car Park
MunlMunicipal
MusMuseum

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