Rare broadsheet map of the southern Highlands

By RUTHERFORD, Andrew, 1745 

An Exact Plan of His Majesty’s Great Roads Through the Highlands of Scotland. To the Honourable Charles Leslie This Plan of His Majesty’s Great Roads Through the Highlands of Scotland is Dedicated by Sir Your most Obedt. Humble Servt. And: Rutherford.

British Isles Scotland
  • Author: RUTHERFORD, Andrew
  • Publication place: [London]
  • Publisher: Publish’d according to Act of Parliament
  • Publication date: Decr. 9th, 1745.
  • Physical description: Large engraved broadsheet map, inset plan of the Battle of Prestonpans, text below.
  • Dimensions: 523 by 352mm. (20.5 by 13.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1608

Notes

Rare broadsheet map of the southern Highlands, centred on the region between Inverness in the north and Edinburgh in the south, illustrating the marches and counter-marches of the Hanoverian and Jacobite armies leading up to the battle of Prestonpans when the Highland army won a crushing victory over the King’s forces. The base map was drawn by Rutherford from the journal of a gentleman who worked on General Wade’s military road-building between 1726 and 1737.

We have only been able to trace two other examples of this map: the (damaged) example in the National Library of Scotland, and another, with modern colour, in a private collection in Kent.