Pont Map of Biggar

Year: 1596

An interesting map of Biggar by cartographer Timothy Pont in c. 1596. St Mary’s Church can be seen on the map. Curiously, there are two castles indicated – one showing four towers, the other labelled Boghall. It is possible this is an error in the map.

It is amazing to see that a small place such as Libberton has two towers, plus a church!

Rev Timothy Pont (c. 1560–c.1627) was a Scottish minister, cartographer and topographer. He was the first to produce a detailed map of Scotland. Pont’s maps are among the earliest surviving to show a European country in minute detail, from an actual survey.

Map courtesy of the National Library of Scotland.

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