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This map was made during the Jacobite Uprising by William Edgar who worked for the Duke of Cumberland’s army. Maps such as this provided valuable reconnaissance information on roads, forts, river crossings and other strategically important features of the landscape. The indication of hills, though conventionalised, gives a useful indication of the mountain terrain. Edgar dedicated the map to James, Duke of Athol who was Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland.

Military maps made during the first half of the 18th century provide the first plans of Scottish towns, many of which remained unmapped until a century later. William Edgar drew up a map of Edinburgh in the same year as this map of Perthshire.

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