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Timothy Pont (1565—1614) - Cartographer

He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of the minister of the Church of St Cuthbert. He was educated at the University of St Andrews between 1579 and 1583 and in 1601 he was appointed minister of Dunnet in Caithness. After leaving St Andrews, he embarked on the first cartographical survey of Scotland and he received the patronage of James VI for the compilation and completion of a series of maps of the country. These were later added to by Robert Gordon of Straloch (1580-1661) and his son James Gordon of Rothiemay, and the revised work of three general maps and 46 county maps was published by Johan Blaeu of Amsterdam in 1654. In compiling his work Pont travelled to every part of Scotland and his maps show a careful and accurate delineation of the natural and physical features of the country's landscape.

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