Maps of Scotland

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Name: Pont, Timothy, 1560?-1614?  
Title: [Mid-Argyll; from Dunoon to Inverary and Loch Awe] - Pont 14  
Imprint: [ca. 1583-96]
Pagination: 1 manuscript map ; 31 x 24 cm.
Shelfmark: Adv.MS.70.2.9 (Pont 14)
Notes: This map covers a large area of south and mid Argyll, from Loch Aw (Loch Awe) in the north (top) southeast to Loch Fyne and the Firth of Clyde. In the southwest (bottom left) is the northern part of the Island of Bute. To the east are Glen Fyne (top right) and Loch Gherr (Gare Loch, bottom right).
  • There are two different symbols used by Pont for settlements on this sheet. Circular symbols are used in the east and south of the map, but rectangles to the south of Loch Awe and in the west. It is probable that Pont drew these two parts of the map at different times. This would also account for the fact that northeast of Loch Streyn (Loch Striven) Pont has left instructions for the two areas to be brought together: This 3 m.[iles] moir neir and put these hard togither.
  • On the western margin of the map (middle left) there is a map in faint ink of the area surrounding Inveraray Castle. Here Pont has used rectangular settlement symbols rather than the circular symbols he employed elsewhere.
  • Inveraray Castle itself was in the possession of the Earl of Argyll when Pont visited it. The castle seen at Inveraray today was built in the 18th century and on a different site.
  • In the Firth of Clyde (centre bottom) a note says:

    is alsmuch (sayth Ewin cameron)
    as The Rymours toun
    or sayis ...
    Doun-Whaim; otherwayes spelt ...ght yrish Vainhain terrible or to be

  • This map is overlapped by a small part of Pont 12 (front), and by Pont 16 and 17.
  • Manuscript maps by Robert Gordon which are relevant are sheets: 4, 6, 48 and 49. However, these contain little information in comparison with Pont's map.
  • Four printed maps by Blaeu overlap this area: Lorna, Aebudae Insulae, Braid-Allaban, and Knapdalia. Again, these maps yield little additional information.

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