Cairns Mitchell Map Collection

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Cairns Mitchell Map Collection

Detail from ANGLIAE, SCOTIAE, ET HIBERNIE NOVA DESCRIPTO [A NEW DESCRIPTION OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND IRELAND] by Cornelius de Jode (1593) Cairns Mitchell Map Collection

​A collection of 65 early maps and sea charts relating primarily to Scotland. They were orginally part of a larger donation given to The Mitchell Library in 1923 and 1928 by the Rev. John Cairns Mitchell, a retired clergyman, who lived in Ardnadam in Argyllshire​.  

The maps provide an excellent overview of  the way Scotland and its coastline has been depicted from the 16th century until the late 1800s. Many of them were published abroad, including a number of French maps. For some strange reason, there is a solitary ​map of Denmark, dated 1814.

Most of the maps have been taken from atlases or books and the collection includes many well-known map-makers and engravers: Mercator, Ortelius, Joan and Willem Blaeu, Jan Jansson, Robert Gordon, John Adair and James Dorret. 

A list is available to download (see right).  For information on how to view these items, please contact the staff in Special Collections.

 

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