Maps of Scotland

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Name: Pont, Timothy, 1560?-1614?  
Title: [Strathardle; Glenshee and Glenericht] - Pont 27  
Imprint: [ca. 1583-96]
Pagination: 1 manuscript map ; 40 x 29 cm.
Shelfmark: Adv.MS.70.2.9 (Pont 27)
Notes: This map shows the drainage basins of the River Ardle flowing through Strathardle and of the Black Water flowing through Glen Shee. Along the southern margin is the River Isla south east of Rattray. The western margin of the map is marked by Loch Binchaly (Benachally) in the southwest and Ben Vrackie (a 2759 foot high hill) in the north west. The most northerly points are Bin-glo (Beinn a' Ghlo, 3673ft, top left) and Loch nan Eun (top). The eastern boundary is marked by the drainage of the Alyth Burn, Month-blair (Mount Blair, 2442ft), and the western side of the upper part of Glen Isla.
  • The compass rose drawn over the top half of the map together with the scale bar drawn down the right hand margin may have been later additions by Robert Gordon. Although the direction Westnorwest is written along the top of the map, this sheet is actually oriented with north-northwest at the top.
  • Much of this sheet has been later over-drawn in a darker ink, probably by Robert Gordon. This over-drawing, and the problems in differentiating Pont's hand from that of Gordon, is discussed in detail by Stone (1989) and in general by Christopher Fleet (2001).
  • There are a number of notes on this map. For example, below Inner-Chrosky (Inverchroskie, Strathardle), one says:
  • Baron Re... his cheef duelling place

    There is a further note on duelling at Loch Sesaturr (Loch Shechernich or Loch Beanie, upper right) in Glenshee which says:

    Loch Sesatur sumtyms [th]e
    duelling of [th]e cheef man of
    Glen Chy and StraArdle

    At the top of the map a note says:

    a great mountayn, possibly a reference to the 3073ft high An Socach.

    At Stron (Strome, lower centre) Pont writes:

    w[i]th ancie[n]t rui[n]es of a fortress

  • A curious feature is Pont's faint drawing of many tower-like structures encircling the headwaters of Strathardle (top left) below the name Skairfach. The significance of these is unknown.

  • Several other Pont maps partially overlap with this sheet: Pont 20 in the north west; Pont 28 and Pont 29 in the east; and Pont 23 (front) and Pont 25 (front) the south east.
  • The following manuscript maps by Robert Gordon include parts of this area: 2, 4, 6, 40, 41, 42, and 43.
  • Blaeu's printed map of Braid-Allaban includes this area.

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