Old maps of Scotland that show the historical locations of the clans
Still on the subject of old maps, we love this beautiful map from 1822 that shows the historical location of the major Scottish clans. We thought this map might be a useful resource for people who are just starting to research their family tree and are curious about the geographical origins of the clan name.
We've also highlighted below three more historical maps. The Bartholomew's map from 1912 offers another geographical listing of clan surnames, while the two military maps from the 18th Century contain the names of clans and the numbers of fighting men each clan can raise. So if a surname in your family tree appears on one of these maps, it might be possible to determine from these resources if your ancestors wore a 'White Cockade' and belonged to a Jacobite clan.
Many thanks to the NLS Map Library for their help with the article on GH Swanson, and also for telling us about these historical maps with Scottish surnames.
Plate 9 of J.G. Bartholomew's 'Survey Atlas of Scotland', 1912;
A description of the Highlands of Scotland, the situation of the several clans and the number of men able to bear arms...(1731);
Map of Scotland showing the Forts at Inverness, Fort Augustus, Fort William and Moidart and on which is pencilled the proposed military roads, also the names and numbers of men that could be raised by the various clans (circa 1724 to 1745).
Information provided by Scotlands People.
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