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Name: Pont, Timothy, 1560?-1614?  
Title: [Lower Strath Tay from Dunkeld to Benchil] - Pont 25 (front)  
Imprint: [ca. 1583-96]
Pagination: 1 manuscript map ; 18 x 20 cm.
Shelfmark: Adv.MS.70.2.9 (Pont 25)
Notes: This is the front of the manuscript known as Pont 25, which originally formed part of Pont 23. The map on it shows a stretch of the valley of the River Tay from the town of Dunkeld in the north (top), then east south east to the confluence of the Tay with the River Isla (lower right), at which point the Tay turns south east and is shown as far as Benchil. The map is orientated with west at the top of the sheet. Thus, the northern boundary of the mapped area is defined by the course of the Lownen (Lunan) River.
  • In common with certain other Pont maps, this map gives some of the names of current or past owners associated with large houses. For example, south of the River Isla (lower right corner) is a note in connection with Cargill Castle Hill. It says:

    At Kargill dwelt the lord Bisset
    of old wher[e] ther[e] is
    now but the ruines of ane
    ancie[n]t fort[.]
    ther[e] ar[e] many of the Bisets heir about

  • Some of Pont's original and now rather faded handwriting was later over-written in darker ink, probably by Robert Gordon. Gordon may have made a few additions to the names on this map, but telling the difference between the hands of Pont and Gordon is not always easy.

  • Four other Pont maps include part of this area: Pont 23 (front), Pont 24, Pont 26, and Pont 27. Of these, the most comparable are Pont 23 for the north of the area and Pont 24 for the south.
  • The following manuscript maps by Robert Gordon cover at least a part of the area: 2, 4, 5, 41, and 43.
  • Of the printed maps by Blaeu, see his sheet of Braid-Allaban (1654).

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