The Layout of the Site
The site is subdivided into the sections detailed in the following table each of which can be directly accessed via the buttons on the left of this and subsequent pages.
Methods used to analyse the antique maps plus the layout of the map illustrations - see below
Discussion of maps of Orkney published before 1620
Review of maps based on the survey by Timothy Pont
Maps based on surveys later than Pont’s but not influenced by Mackenzie’s survey in the late 1740s
Techniques and impact of Mackenzie’s survey
1750 - 1890
Maps influenced by Mackenzie and those establishing a modern outline for maps of Orkney
Overall conclusions of the study
The Map Pages
In addition to the above sections, the site also contains pages illustrating each of the maps. These pages contain an image of the antique map overlaid with the modern outline of Orkney. The pages also provide information relating to the maps and their errors.
Versions of each antique map corrected for its sources of error are presented on a second page linked to the original page.
The layouts of the pages for the original and corrected maps are indicated at appropriate points in the Methods section which can be accessed by clicking “Next.” below.