Thompson’s unrecorded map of Scotland

By THOMPSON, G[eorge], 1807 

Thompson’s Map of Scotland with the Seaports and Views including the New Roads & Canals ordered by the Parliamentary Commissioners, with the Post Officers &c. &c.

British Isles Scotland
  • Author: THOMPSON, G[eorge]
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: G. Thompson, 43 Long Lane, West Smithfield
  • Publication date: Nov. 1807.
  • Physical description: Engraved map, hand-coloured in outline, border to left and right consisting of eight views of Scotland’s principal ports.
  • Dimensions: 650 by 995mm (25.5 by 39.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 12797


Fine and large map of Scotland, with views of the principal ports.

Thompson’s has used Ainslie’s map of Scotland — first published in 1789 — the most accurate map at the time. To this Thompson has updated it with the latest roads canals, and post offices. To the right above the title is a list of Scottish counties, and to the upper right a list of royal boroughs, and Scottish universities. To the left and right of the map are two pasted borders, depicting eight views of Scotland’s principal ports: Edinburgh, Leith, Perth, Dunfermline, Glasgow, Kirkcudbright, Aberdeen, and Inverness.

George Thompson (1758–1826) was a letterpress printer, engraver, mapseller, bookseller and publisher. He is known to have published several maps, however, the present work is not mentioned in the Moir, Baynton-Williams and Worms, or the NLS online catalogue. In fact we are unable to trace any institutional example of the present work.