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Name: Pont, Timothy, 1560?-1614?  
Title: [the coast of Banff] - Pont 9  
Imprint: [ca. 1583-96]
Pagination: 1 manuscript map ; 35 x 43 cm.
Shelfmark: Adv.MS.70.2.9 (Pont 9)
Notes: This manuscript contains two maps of slightly overlapping geographical areas. They are usually referred to as Pont 9(1) and Pont 9(2). Pont 9(1) encompasses the coast of the county of Banff from the River Spey in the west to the River Deveron in the east. It extends inland as far as Rothymay (Milltown of Rothiemay) and almost as far south as Turriff. Pont 9(2) is a small map of an area of Buchan, south and east of the town of Banff. It shows the catchment of the B.[urn] of Kinedward, an east bank tributory of the River Deveron.

Pont 9(1) The coast of Banff, from the River Spey to the River Deveron
  • The title The coast betuixt Spey and Devron is in the handwriting of Sir Robert Sibbald. There is a blank area of the map between Sibbald's title and the town of Banff which is the result of a major error in Pont's field mapping. This error has resulted in Pont siting Rothiemay at two apparently different locations, one on the west side of the gap and one on the east. Within this blank area Pont has written This to ly up to Rothimay fro[m] Banf, and farther towards the coast This shuld be joined. Pont means by this that the two areas on either side of the gap should be brought together.
  • The coast between the River Spey and Sandend Bay is marked out with fine shading.
  • Several notes in Pont's hand occur on this sheet. One of the most interesting reads:mem:
  • looketh Ogylibies Genealogy
    (which I have in wryt)
    [con]tening Enzie
    Boin & Bamf

    Here we have an indication of Pont's interest in genealogy.

  • Several places on this map names have personal names written alongside them with the abbreviation g.s., possibly meaning 'good sir', and referring to the occupants of properties.
  • Another note, written near Cullen, says
  • Kullane
    a brugh
    nixt in
    to nairn

    Cullen was a royal burgh, mentioned in a charter of 1189-98, but the exact foundation-date, like that of Nairn, is uncertain. The church is the only surviving structure as the town was moved to a new site in the early 19th century.

Pont 9(2) Buchan: the River Deveron
  • The map is titled in Pont's hand: this Belongeth to Bochan.

  • The area of Pont 9 is overlapped in the east by Pont 10. Sheets [Gordon 23] and Pont 6 (front) overlap small areas in the far west.
  • Of the manuscript maps by Gordon, the most relevant to this area are: 3, 25 and 26.
  • The area is included in Blaeu's printed sheet Aberdonia & Banfia (1654). Very small areas also appear on his Extima Scotiae and Braid-Allaban.

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