River and water engineering plans of Scotland, 18th-20th centuries

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A small selection of maps and plans relating to river and water engineering projects undertaken by the Stevenson civil engineers, mostly during the 19th century. These cover a wide range of subjects related to the transportation of water, including controlling or diverting floodwater, creating embankments, dredging channels for inland ports to improve navigation, measuring tides and river flow, the creation of reservoirs, water supply networks and sewerage works, disputes involving fisheries and water rights, as well as water to power mills. The plans were produced at a range of scales, from very detailed depictions of specific bends, islands or estuaries to plans covering rivers in their entirety. Many of these were working drawings, annotated to show the specific topics under discussion. Please also see Town Plans / Views and Coastal charts for coastal harbour plans and developments.

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(ordered chronologically)

  • Aberdeen - Spill Water Channel for R. Dee - sections
  • Aberdeen - Spill Water Channel for R. Dee - sections
  • Aberdeen - Spill Water Channel for R. Dee - sections
  • Aberdeen - Spill Water Channel for R. Dee - sections
  • Aberdeen - 1661 - James GORDON - Course of river (copy)
  • Aberdeen - 1830 - Rag Net at Don Estuary
  • Aberdeen - 1909 - Donmouth
  • River Ae Embankment - 1863 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Sections of Embankment
  • River Ae - 1863 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Junction with the Kirkburn for proposed Flood Bank
  • Alloa - 1825 - Robert MAXTON - Ferry passage
  • Almond Water - 1819 - Thomas GRAINGER - Plan of Almond Water from Hallyards Steps to Nether Leny W March
  • River Avon - 1816 - Robert STEVENSON - Survey from Linlithgow Bridge to Emanuel Abbey
  • River Awe - 1868 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Survey from Inverawe to Bridge of Awe
  • River Awe - 1891 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Survey plans for use in process Argyll Lochnell Campbell
  • Annan - 1824 - Robert STEVENSON - Sections of Town and River
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed - Berwick Fisheries
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed - Berwick Fisheries
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed - Tweed fishings
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed - Tweed fishings
  • Berwickshire coast - 1884 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Low water spring tides
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed - 1885 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Tweed Commission v. Wood
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed - 1885 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Tweed Commission v. Wood
  • Beauly Firth - 1860 - Sketch of part from Kilmorack to Beauly Firth
  • Beauly River - 1868 - Sections
  • Beauly River - 1868 - Sections
  • Beauly River - 1868 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Plan showing proposed embankments
  • Biel Water - Section south of Railway Bridge
  • Bonar Bridge - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Junction with Kyle of Sutherland showing South Bark and Bed of Carron
  • Bonar Bridge - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Junction of river and Kyle of Sutherland
  • Bonar Bridge - 1875 - Junction of river and Kyle of Sutherland
  • Broom of Moy - 1883 - Thomas STEVENSON - Moy embankments
  • Broughty Castle - 1852 - Tay Ferries Trial
  • Broughty Castle - 1852 - Tay Ferries Trial
  • Broughty Castle - 1852 - Tay Ferries Trial
  • Broughty Castle - 1852 - Tay Ferries Trial
  • Broughty Castle - 1852 - Tay Ferries Trial
  • Broughty Castle - 1852 - Tay Ferries Trial
  • Carpow - 1842 - Robert STEVENSON - Shore at Carpow showing line of proposed embankment
  • Cobbinshaw - 1848 - David STEVENSON and Thomas GRAINGER - Embarkment, sections
  • Conon Bridge - Sketch plan from Cruive Dyke to Conon Bridge
  • Conon Fishings Plan - Sections, showing jetty
  • Conon Fishings - Sections of river
  • River Conon - 1837-8 - Robert STEVENSON and Alan STEVENSON - Firth and part of River Conon
  • River Clyde - 1835 and 1880 - Comparative sections of Clyde, opposite Estates of Erskine
  • River Clyde - 1883 - Channels of deep water near Bishopton
  • River Clyde - 1883 - Channels of deep water near Bishopton
  • River Conon - 1882 - MACBEY & GARDEN - Jetty showing march stones
  • River Conon - 1890 - Jetty showing fishing boundary
  • Craigo - 1870 - Thomas STEVENSON - Dam and Salmon Pass
  • Craigo - 1876 - Thomas STEVENSON - Dam & proposed alterations
  • Cromarty Firth - 1837 - Estuary
  • Deveron River - 1776 - John MARR - Sketch of Cruive Dam
  • Duncow - Plan of burn from Glencarrick distillery to Duncow Mills
  • Dundee - Soundings near Dundee
  • Dundee - 1869 - Dundee Ferry Harbour and portion of bed of river
  • Dunfermline - 1854 - David STEVENSON - Plan and sections in case of Cobill v. Dunfermline Water Co.
  • Dunwan - 1827 - Robert STEVENSON and James LAMB - Plan of reservoir
  • Dunwan - 1827 - James LAMB - Plan of drainage into dam
  • Edinburgh - Sections of low line of river
  • Edinburgh - 1824 - Robert STEVENSON - Plan and section of aqueduct & reservoir
  • Edinburgh - 1825 - John STEADMAN - Survey shewing the situation of the Black Springs
  • Elie - 1922 - David Alan and Charles STEVENSON - Sewerage
  • Ferryden - Mouth of river, showing tide
  • Findhorn - Estuary
  • River Findhorn - 1882 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Plan of river in Hogarth v. Grant case
  • Glasgow - Sections and levels of Clyde
  • Glasgow - Level of Clyde during flood, 1831
  • Glasgow - 1828 - Plan of reservoir near Drygate St. for Cranstonhill Water Co.
  • Glasgow - 1828 - Plan of reservoir near Drygate St. for Cranstonhill Water Co.
  • Glasgow - 1828 - Plan of reservoir near Drygate St. for Cranstonhill Water Co.
  • Glasgow - 1828 - Plan of reservoir near Drygate St. for Cranstonhill Water Co.
  • Glasgow - 1875-6 - KYLE, DENNISON & FREW - Sections & soundings of Clyde
  • Glasgow - 1875-6 - KYLE, DENNISON & FREW - Sections & soundings of Clyde
  • Glasgow - 1875-6 - KYLE, DENNISON & FREW - Sections & soundings of Clyde
  • Glasgow - 1875-6 - KYLE, DENNISON & FREW - Sections & soundings of Clyde
  • Glasgow - 1875-6 - KYLE, DENNISON & FREW - Sections & soundings of Clyde
  • Glasgow - 1885 - Glasgow Water Bill Opposition; graphs illustrating water supply
  • Glasgow - 1885 - Glasgow Water Bill Opposition; graphs illustrating water supply
  • Keith - 1898 - David Alan STEVENSON - Course of river, and proposed new cut
  • Kelso - Sketch of concrete sewers
  • Kelso - Sketch of concrete sewers
  • Kelso - Plan of Tweed showing outley of sewers
  • Kelso - 1858 - John BROMLEY - Sewerage
  • Kinnaber Mill, North Esk - Plan of river
  • Kirktonhill - 1818 - George ROBERTSON - Sketch taken from plan of Kirkton Hill
  • Water of Leith - 1824 - Robert STEVENSON - Position of reservoirs for supply of mills
  • Mid Calder - Section from New Calder Paper Mill to the Reservoir Dam above West Mill
  • River Moriston - 1882 - Thomas STEVENSON - Sketch plan & soundings of junction of river and Loch Ness
  • Nith - 1844 - Navigation Channel
  • Nith - 1847 - Walter NEWALL - Section from Southerness to Dumfries
  • Nith - 1861 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Working drawing of extension of wall to opposite Conheath
  • Nith - 1862 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Working drawing of West wall
  • North Esk Water, Midlothian - 1842 - Thomas GRAINGER - Plan of proposed reservoirs
  • North Esk Reservoir - 1850 - Thomas STEVENSON - Section of rain Gauge for North Esk Reservoir
  • Penicuik - 1849 - STEVENSON - Course of proposed pipe from Silver Spring to Penicuik
  • Perth & Tay - 1818 - Part of River and Perth
  • Scone Park - 1882 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Soundings near Scone Park
  • Seedhill - Plan of River from Seedhill Craigs to hawkhead Mills
  • Seedhill - Plan of River from Seedhill Craigs to hawkhead Mills
  • Skelmorlie - Bank and soundings
  • Stoneywood - 1876 - George Gordon JENKINS - Plan and sections of intake mill-lade at Paper Works
  • River Tay - 1816 - Robert STEVENSON and John STEEDMAN - Part of Firth-Ferry between Fife and Forfar
  • River Tay - 1831 - ADAM ANDERSON - Sections to determine the quantity of water discharged
  • River Tay - 1838 - Friarton to Newburgh
  • River Tay - 1839 - Robert STEVENSON - Tay near Dorry Island
  • River Tay, Moncrieff Island - 1848 - David STEVENSON - Section with Sand Island
  • River Tay - 1863 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Part of River
  • River Tay - 1865 - Balmbriech Castle to Dominie Lodge
  • River Tay - 1866 - Edward CALVER - Entrance with soundings
  • River Tay - 1871 - James LESLIE - Newburgh to Balnbreich Castle
  • River Tay - 1879 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Tay Bridge Navigation Spans
  • River Teith - 1853 - Bank near Blackdub Farmhouse
  • River Tweed - 1926 - David Alan and Charles STEVENSON - Queen Elizabeth's Pier
  • River Tweed - 1926 - David Alan and Charles STEVENSON - Queen Elizabeth's Pier
  • River Tweed - 1926 - Tweed fishings
  • Tulliallan - 1868 - Portion of S. Ferry Pier
  • Tulliallan - 1868 - Parts of embankment (enlarged)