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UK Map Collections Archive

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Aberdeen City Archives

Aberdeen City Council

Estate, turnpike road, harbour, and Ordnance Survey maps, 18th-20th centuries.

Reference and Local Studies Department

Aberdeen City Council

Approx. 2,500 maps, including about 2,000 current and historical OS sheets. Historical maps of the Aberdeen area, including street plans, harbour plans, estate maps, canal, road and railway plans.

A collection of local aerial photographs.

Local Studies Department

Aberdeenshire Library and Information Service

Approx. 200 maps. OS maps dating from 1st Edition for Aberdeenshire (current Local Government Admin Area). Historical maps of the area including estate maps, railway and canal maps.

Publications include reprints of parts of Thomson's Banffshire (1826), Kincardineshire (1822) and The Buchan Area (1826); Thos. Brown's Aberdeenshire (1807); Plan of Ellon (1918); Plan of Turriff (1819).

ADAS Cartography

Agricultural Development and Advisory Service

Circa 20,000 maps, including OS of Great Britain at 1:50,000; England and Wales at 1:10,000 and 1:25,000; Administrative areas maps of England. Departmental maps covering various topics including agriculture, geology, land drainage, environmentally sensitive areas, less favoured areas, nitrate sensitive areas. Sea fisheries atlas of the British Isles.


Cultural Services

Angus Council

Central services for various libraries, including those at Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Montrose and Monifieth.

Circa 4,372 printed maps, all relating to Angus. Current and retrospective collection of OS maps at 1:1,250 and 1:2,500. Also a number of historical maps and plans.

Angus Museums, The Meffan

Angus Council

Collection is divided between the Arbroath, Brechin, Forfar and Montrose Museums. Prior notice preferred.

Approx. 350 maps, including local OS (i.e. an almost complete set of recent OS 1:10,000 maps for Angus). Historical (17-19th centuries), archaeological, geological, botanical, soil survey, road, railway and electoral maps. Census maps for Angus.

Publications include Pont & Gordon's Angus (ca. 1640) and John Wood's plans of Arbroath, Brechin, Forfar and Montrose (1822).

Argyll and Bute Archives

Argyll and Bute Council

Circa 500 plans. Local authority plans from 19th and 20th centuries (mainly road construction, civil engineering and special district plans).

Special collections include the DUNCAN COLVILLE PAPERS (estate plans of Kintyre); the MALCOLM OF POLTALLOCH PAPERS (estate plans) and C & D MACTAGGART, SOLICITORS (estate plans of Kintyre).

Armagh County Museum

Small collection of some 300 items; mainly historical, topographical, geological and transport maps.

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