John Adair's contribution to the charting of the Scottish coasts: A re‐assessment

Moore, J. (2000) John Adair's contribution to the charting of the Scottish coasts: A re‐assessment. Imago Mundi, 52(1), pp. 43-65. (doi:10.1080/03085690008592919)

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A collection of fourteen manuscript charts held at the Admiralty Library (Taunton) which shows stretches of the Scottish coast is considered. These previously unrecorded charts are by the late seventeenth century cartographer John Adair and provide valuable material for a re-consideration of his achievement as a hydrographer. Despite his undoubted ability and considerable financial support from the Scottish Privy Council, Adair's work appears to have been hampered by an inability to see his surveys through to eventual publication. Scrutiny of the charts and the relevant documentary evidence suggests that they comprise all but two of his previously untraced coastal surveys. Two charts from this collection may be earlier versions of copies discussed by A. H. W. Robinson, suggesting a revision of his findings.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moore, Mr John
Authors: Moore, J.
College/School:University Services > Library and Collection Services > Library
Journal Name:Imago Mundi
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1479-7801

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