Old maps of the UK and Scotland

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Looking for any overseas volunteer to check a link for me.

I'm currently resident in Scotland and have access to the National Library of Scotland website map pages, which have some great old maps overlaid on GoogleMaps.  I'd like to link to them, but would like someone to check if they are accessible worldwide.

Could someone check the link under 'Residence' section in http://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Crow-700 and tell me where you are and if you can see it?

WikiTree profile: Alexander Crow
in Policy and Style by Steve C G2G5 (5.8k points)

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I'm in Ohio, came through loud and clear. That is AWESOME!  My family is from England, I'd like access to that, too. Is it possible?

That really is awsome, I guess I'm a mapophile, but I can't get over the detail.
by Tom Bredehoft G2G6 Pilot (193k points)
selected by Keith Baker

That's great news, I didn't think it would be available outside Scotland.

I agree, it is awesome, and I've spent many hours researching old place names, right down to old crofts that dissappeared 100+ years ago.  It's great when you find out that, say, an ancester lived next door to his future wife!
Bugger....The map of Scotland extends south to the River Tweed. My family came from Alnwick, between Tweed and the Tyne.  Oh well.

Sorry, forgot to answer your question, I've just been having a play around to see what's available. The National Library of Scotland (NLS) is geared towards Scottish maps, there are many available, many of them being small scale (less detailed), but there are some large scale (lots of detail).  

The best ones to use are:

  • Ordinance Survey (OS) ones which are usually 1 inch to a mile or 6 inches to a mile (1840's to present)
  • The Bartholomew maps are also worth a look (1890's to 1950's).
  • Roy Highlands (1750's)

From a quick look it looks like the oldest and most detailed 6 inch ones only cover Scotland, although there are some that cover the whole of the UK and Ireland.

e.g. Bartholomew 1/2 inch 1897


and the OS 1937 1:25000 (i.e. about 1 inch to the mile)


Note that you can zoom in/out, pan & use the transparency slider to overlay the old maps over modern Google/Bing/Satellite/Modern detailed OS maps.

I don't know what else is available for England, but from a quick look at the British Library website, I guess you could be entertained for quite some time:


p.s. I think I've found one of the older (1860's) OS 6 inch ones for England.  Not as nice to use & doesn't zoom quite as clearly, but does cover Alnwick.

That's it, my GGrandfather left in 1838, but there were members of his family writing to him and his children up to 1900, from that area.

many thanks.

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