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Name: Pont, Timothy, 1560?-1614?  
Title: [Nithsdale; part of Teviotdale] - Pont 35  
Imprint: [ca. 1583-96]
Pagination: 1 manuscript map ; 52 x 40 cm.
Shelfmark: Adv.MS.70.2.9 (Pont 35)
Notes: This manuscript, known as Pont 35 contains two separate maps, usually referred to as Pont 35(1) and Pont 35(2). Pont 35(1), the larger of the maps, covers the whole of the drainage basin of the River Nith. This is the area from the Solway Firth in the south to the headwaters of the Nith near Cumnock in the north west. In the north east is the head of the Water of Dunedyn (Duneaton Water), in the parish of Crafordjhon (Crawfordjohn). The smaller of the maps, Pont 35(2) is drawn at 180o to the larger map, and shows the valley of the River Teviot from Hawick in the west to Ancrum in the east, as well as the valley of the Ale Water from its confluence with the River Teviot, near Ancrum, to Ashkirk in the west. In the north east corner a short length of the River Tweed is shown. South of the River Teviot, the drainage basin of the Rule Water is mapped.
  • This map has been subjected to a detailed evaluation by Stone (1968 and 1973).
  • Two paper patches containing revised mapping for the areas covered have been pasted on to this sheet. Stone (1989) has discussed these in detail, and has conjectured that at least one of them (the upper) may have been attached by Joan Blaeu.
  • The copy of this map made by Robert Gordon in 1644 ([Gordon] 62) exists today in the Map Library of the National Library of Scotland.
  • According to Stone (1989): 'There is more evidence for the direct use of Pont's Nithsdale by Blaeu than any other extant Pont manuscript'.
  • Note the presence of a lead mine in the hills east of Thornhill (centre left).

  • There is a very marginal overlap in the north east of the area between this map and Pont 34.
  • The following manuscript maps by Robert Gordon include at least part of this area: 60, 61, 62, and 63.
  • Blaeu's printed map of Nithia (1654) is particularly relevant although it contains somewhat fewer place names than the Pont 35. Blaeu's Annandiae, Gallovidia, and Coila also include part of this area.

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