Pont Map of Leadhills area

Year: 1596

In 1596, when this map was produced, lead mining had not commenced in the area. As such, the map shows a number of small settlements such as Glendorch and Snar. Here, small bastle (fortified farm houses) were built. The owners eked out a meagre living from sheep farming. Some, however, did try to make their fortune out of gold.

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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