The Local & Family History Department holds around 3000 maps and plans. These include Ordnance Survey maps of various dates and scale, historic county maps, road, railway and estate maps, street plans, and archaeological, geological and soil survey maps.

County Maps

Of the several in our collection, perhaps the most useful is James Stobie’s Map of Perthshire and Clackmannan of 1783. The scale of an inch to the mile is sufficiently detailed to show individual parish boundaries, farm names, roads etc. As a record of old place names, it is very useful to family historians.

Ordnance Survey Maps

Our huge collection of OS Maps includes maps of various scales. The most used ones are the 25 inches to the mile series that covers most of the towns and villages of Perthshire and Kinross-shire. More modern ones include the Landranger and Pathfinder/Explorer series.

Archaeological Maps

Dating from the 1960s at 1:10,000 scale. Sites of interest have been marked on the maps and for most sites there is a separate sheet with accompanying details.

Street Maps

These exist for Perth city from 1715 to the present day, though the earliest map of reasonable detail is Rutherford’s of 1774. Also particularly useful are Macfarlane’s of 1792, which extends to the immediate hinterland, Reid’s large-scale map of 1809, and Wood’s of 1823. Early street maps also exist for Crieff, Dunkeld and Kinross.

Other Maps

We hold geological maps for much of Perthshire and Kinross-shire. However, maps covering some areas have been out of print for many years and therefore we do not hold these.

We also have in stock Soil Survey maps, Land Capability maps for both agriculture and forestry, rights of way maps and local authority boundary maps.

Photocopying Maps

Any map more than 50 years old can be copied freely.

Ordnance Survey maps (or any map derived from Ordnance Survey mapping, which in effect includes most maps) which are less than 50 years old are still in copyright and must be copied by a member of staff after a Copyright Declaration form has been filled in. Up to four copies of a single A4 extract  may be made, with no enlargements or reductions permitted. Copies for planning permission or for the purposes of hill walking etc are not allowed. Staff and pupils from schools administered by Perth & Kinross Council (we regret that staff and pupils from independent schools are excluded from this) may copy as much as they need, black and white only; if colour copies are required then A4 copies only are permitted.

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