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Name: Pont, Timothy, 1560?-1614?  
Title: [South Uist; Inverkeithing] - Pont 36 (front)  
Imprint: [ca. 1583-96]
Pagination: 1 manuscript map ; 19 x 26 cm.
Shelfmark: Adv.MS.70.2.9 (Pont [36])
Notes: This complex manuscript contains 4 maps together with a substantial amount of text. The front of the sheet has 2 maps of South Uist, Pont <36>(1) and (2) and a map of Inverkeithing, Pont <36> (3). Pont <36>(1) shows part of the island of South Uist in the Western Isles, south of a line joining Verran Island and Loch Altabrug in the west and Corodale Bay in the east. Thus, south is towards the left hand margin. Above this lies Pont <36>(2) depicting a small map of the area of the southwest coast of South Uist around the settlements of Baysdale (Boisdale) and Smeircleat. Below this lies Pont <36>(3) showing the town and Bay of Inverkeithing in Fife. This is a very small but detailed sketch of this town and its harbour on the north coast of the Firth of Forth. On the reverse side of the sheet, Pont <36> (back), is a map of Linlithgow and West Lothian, Pont <36>(4).
  • Only the west coast is drawn in any detail, with the many lochs and settlements depicted. Taking maps (1) and (2) together, Pont locates over 30 places, including lochs, and settlements shown by Pont's usual range of symbols.
  • This sheet became separated from the bulk of the Pont collection at an early date and was only rediscovered in 1925.
  • This is a difficult manuscript to read owing to the large amount of text over-writing. For a detailed description and analysis of the sheet, including transcriptions and translations of much of the text, see Stone (1983).
  • The title Pairt of litgow shyre / MTP (top) is in the hand of Robert Gordon. It actually refers to the map on the back of this sheet.
  • On Pont <36>(3) of Inverkeithing, note Pont's depiction of three ships at anchor in the Bay. Other Pont maps that show ships include sheets 11 and 26.

  • No other Pont map includes these areas.
  • No map by Robert Gordon includes this area of South Uist, and although several maps by Gordon cover Fife and Inverkeithing, none show it in comparable detail
  • Two maps printed by Joan Blaeu include South Uist: Vistus and Aebudae Insulae.
  • The following printed maps by Blaeu include Inverkeithing: Fifae Vicecomitatus, Fifae Pars Occidentalis, and Lothian & Linlitquo.

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