A Chart of part of the North of Scotland from Banff To Duncansby Head containing the Coasts of Banff, Elgin, Nairn, Inverness, Ross, Cromarty, Sutherland, and part of Caithness. Drawn and engraved from an actual survey ... MDCCLXXXV.

AINSLIE John (1785.)


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Copperplate engraving, on four uncut sheets, the top pair each 585 x 510, the lower pair each 560 x 510. The title sheets a little soiled else a fine example. [Edinburgh : His Majesty's Customs], 1785 

Rare four-sheet chart of the central part of the north-eastern coast of Scotland from Duncansby Head (John O'Groats) south to Banff, on the southern shore of the Moray Firth east of Inverness.


This chart is one of a sequence commissioned by the Customs and Excise from John Ainslie, the foremost surveyor in private practice in Scotland at this time. The chart was surveyed in 1785; Adams, in his biogeraphy of Ainslie gives the publication date as May 1786.

Moir: Early Maps Of Scotland, II, p.20: 1786. 

Stock Code: 240755

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