Timothy Pont's Map of Scotland

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Map Man, Series 2 Episode 2 of 8

Duration: 30 minutes

Can Nick find a missing mountain pass where the last wolves in Scotland roamed? Timothy Pont graduated from St Andrew's in 1583 and set off to survey Scotland. It was a major undertaking at a time when wolves still roamed the Highlands and it was difficult and dangerous to travel in rival clan territory. Over 18 years he made 77 maps - the first survey of Scotland - with exceptional detail and unsurpassed information. His maps include 350 mountains - some of which still remain to be identified - can Nick track any of them down? Pont's notes talk about Sutherland as an "extreme wilderness" with "many wolves" and "clouds of black biting flies "that souked mens blood." Quite a place to go map-making!


Nicholas Crane
Richard Klein


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