Tucked away in the Highlands, just off the A96 and a few miles in from the Moray Firth, you’ll find Caledonian Maps — a business globally known as the foremost specialist in historical maps of Scotland. Its range of maps will take you on an adventure back to 1610, but Caledonian Maps is also dedicated to the development of new maps using modern technologies.
MAP ABOVE: Variety of exceptionally old reference maps ranging from 1751 Province of Moray by Miller to the large Scale County map series by Grassom and Stobie and range from Armstrong of Ayr in Burn’s Time. These often show names properties and are excellent for research or family history. A number such as Kirkwood’s Edinburgh series also have stunning illustrations so are ideal to be framed for display.
Its archives include a rare atlas of Scotland dated 1912 (these are not copies, they are the originals published by Edinburgh Geographical Society), Town Plans from 1746 to 1825, Thomson Scottish Maps, Large Scale Counties to 1817, Victorian Ordnance Survey and so much more. On its website, you can search by place or type and if it happens you can’t find what you’re looking for, Caledonian Maps may be able to source something for you.
MAP ABOVE: Black’s county Atlas of 1847 are in the original pastel colouring made by the artist and cartographer at the time. We have the full set of counties available. A bit later are the 1912 original Atlas of Scotland sheets by Edinburgh Geographical Society and we have most, but not all of these original sheets – now 102 years old!
“We are passionate about maps,” states Caledonian Maps. “We love maps! We read old books about the origin of cartograpghy and about the first maps created covering Scotland. Drop by and have a cup of tea if you are passing by, but give us a quick call beforehand to check we are in.”