The maps are very useful for local history, allowing almost every feature in the landscape to be shown.
They provide good detail of all buildings, streets, railways, industrial premises, parkland, farms, woodland, and rivers.
We have georeferenced a selection of these estate maps allowing them to be compared to the present day and other mapping.
The project forms part of the Know Your Place West of England Project, and has allowed us to fill gaps in our holdings for Devon with British Library maps, so our online presentation is now more complete.
These include some of the Duke of Buccleuch’s extensive map collections at Drumlanrig, with important holdings too from Dumfries and Kirkcudbright Museums.
These estate maps date from the 1750s to the 1840s and show the rural landscape of farms, buildings, fields, woodland, roads, and rivers in great detail.
The set consists of a title sheet and 15 map sheets at a scale of one inch to the mile, and are supplemented with a single-sheet index map at a scale of five miles to the inch.
We have recently added a further 300 estate maps of south-west Scotland, scanned by the Dumfries Archival Mapping Project.