Pont map of Couthally
Pont’s 1596 map of Couthally. Couthally Castle, near Carnwath, was more important than Carnwath as it was then the home of the Sommerville’s. Later, the estate passed into the hands of the Dalzell family.
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.