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Town & City Historic Maps


Royal Burgh and County Town

Published in association with:

Perthshire Society of Natural Science

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The story of Perth is rooted as deeply in myth and legend as scholarly study. Although it became a substantial medieval settlement, very few buildings built prior to the 18th century survive. Yet, the medieval plan remains clearly visible: the earliest streets from before it was made a royal burgh; the nascent burgh’s two main streets; burgage plots running back from the main streets; its ‘vennels’ or lanes; and the course of its town wall and ditch. Later it became an important textile and whisky town, with mills and factories, as well as a sea port and railway centre.

The Historic Towns Trust’s map of Perth shows the core of the historic city and the sites of the large religious houses that ringed it before the Reformation, along with its large open spaces to the north and south, its harbour and later industrial areas.  It also includes an inset map of Scone, site of historic coronations of kings of Scotland and of a village moved when the grounds of Scone Palace were landscaped.

The reverse of the map carries descriptions of Perth’s most important historic sites as well as a wide selection of illustrations of the royal burgh.

The map has been created in partnership with a team led by members of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science.

Published in association with

Perthshire Society of Natural Science

PSNS is one of the oldest Scientific Societies in Scotland and was founded in 1867. Members ranged from the aristocracy and landed gentry to professionals, clergymen, businessmen, craftsmen, working men and gamekeepers. In 1873 eighteen women joined and by the end of the century about a quarter of the members were women. Over 150 years the aspirations of the Society have not changed. It continues to encourage interest in the natural sciences by means of lectures, meetings and field outings.

Publication Details

Published Date:

May 2024





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