Ordnance Survey - Quarter Inch to the Mile Maps of Scotland, 1st edition - 1901-1914

Ordnance Survey, Quarter Inch to the Mile, 3rd Edition (Coloured) graphic

These maps at quarter-inch to the mile (1:253,440) were the earliest, coloured sheets by Ordnance Survey at this scale which formed a complete series, covering all of Scotland in ten sheets. Earlier attempts in the late 19th century to create a uncoloured quarter-inch to the mile map had been heavily criticised in terms of low aesthetic quality and poor topographic inaccuracy, based on much earlier mapping. This series was attractively coloured with brown roads and blue water, creating a simple, clear and legible map, even in the hills. Detail was drawn from larger-scale maps, comprehensively revised in the 1890s. The quarter-inch to the mile series provides an overview of significant landscape features, including larger settlements, railways, and roads. This is an initial set of folded maps at this scale; we plan to scan our unfolded sheets in the future and will incorporate them onto this page.

Sheet Number and Name    Revision details    Date of Revision     Date of Publication    
Sheet 1, 2 - Zetland18951901
Sheet 3 - OrkneyHill shaded18951902
Sheet 3 - Orkney18951901
Parts of sheets 4, 7 - Isle of Lewis1894 to 18951903
Sheet 5Railways revised to Feb.19141894ca. 1914
Sheet 6Railways revised to April 19071894ca. 1907
Sheet 6. Parts of sheets 3, 5, 8 - Caithness and Sutherland1894 to 18951901
Parts of sheets 7, 8, 10, 11 - Skye and Inverness1894 to 18961902
Parts of sheets 7, 10 - Skye and the Western Isles1894 to 18961903
Sheet 8Railways revised to March 19141894ca. 1914
Parts of sheets 8, 9, 11, 12 - The Cairngorm Mountains, the upper Dee and the upper Spey valleysHill shaded. Woods green (black symbols) Water blue1894 to 18951904
Sheet 8. Parts of sheets 9, 11, 12 - Inverness district1894 to 18951903
Sheet 9Railways revised to June 19051894ca. 1906
Parts of sheets 10, 11, 13, 14 - Argyll and the Isles (North)1894 to 18961903
Sheet 11Railways revised to April 19071894 to 18951903
Parts of sheets 11, 12, 14, 15 - Perthshire1894 to 18951903
Sheet 12Railways revised to Nov. 1905. Glossary of most common Gaelic words in cover1894 to 1895ca. 1906
Parts of sheets 13, 14, 16 - Argyll and the Isles (South)18951903
Sheet 14Railways inserted to Sept 190618941903
Sheet 14. Parts of sheets 11, 12, 15, 16, 17 - Glasgow district1894 to 18951903
Sheet 15Includes part of England sheet 2. Railways inserted to June 1900 (England), June 1906 (Scotland)1894 to 1895ca. 1906
Parts of sheets 15, 17 - Selkirk, Roxburgh, Berwick, Peebles and Haddington1894 to 18951903
Parts of sheets 16, 17 - Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbright and Wigtownshire18951901
Sheet 17Railways revised to Jan 19081894 to 1897ca. 1908

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