The History of Leith

January 25, 2012

James Gordon of Rothiemay (c. 1615 – 1686)

James Gordon of Rothiemay has an important part to play in the story of Pont’s manuscript maps. First, he assisted his father, Robert Gordon of Straloch, when he undertook work on Pont’s maps for Joan Blaeu, who was basing the Scottish volume of his Atlas novus on the work of Pont and needed certain maps clarified or elaborated before they could be engraved. Second, following the death of his father in 1661, James Gordon preserved all of Pont’s surviving maps (along with his own and his father’s maps and topographical works) and passed them on to Sir Robert Sibbald in the 1680s, thereby ensuring their survival today. for more click here

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