Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey
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"Map of a Nation" tells the story of the creation of the Ordnance Survey map - the first complete, accurate, affordable map of the British Isles. The OS is a much beloved British institution, and "Map of a Nation" is, amazingly, the first popular history to tell the story of the map and the men who dreamt and delivered it from its inception in 1791, right through to the OS MasterMap of the present day: a vast digital database. The Ordnance Survey's history is one of political revolutions, rebellions, and regional unions that altered the shape and identity of the United Kingdom over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It's also a deliciously readable account of one of the great untold British adventure stories, featuring intrepid individuals lugging brass theodolites up mountains to make the country visible to itself for the first time.
was a prominent freemason), can be found in Slade, 1981, pp. 458–9; Slade, 1982, p. 499. Ann Gordon’s sister Isobel was married to George Mackenzie, Lord Cromarty, who became embroiled on the Jacobite side during the 1745 rebellion, to the horror of her family. 45 have the happness Elizabeth Dundas (née Watson) to Ann Gordon, NAS, GD235/9/2: Dundas Letters 1735–43, f. 77, 20 October 1733. 46 His carriage overturned Robert Dundas (2nd Lord President) to [Ann Gordon], NAS, GD235/9/2: Dundas
44–5. 92 an estate agent’s advertisement The Times, 11377, p. 4, 15 October 1821. 93 the 8th Earl of Wemyss Annotated volume in the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines of Torrie in Fife: Armstrong, Mostyn John, A Scotch Atlas, London: 1777, DH LIB 433. 94 On 21 November 1783 For accounts of the history of hot-air ballooning, see Holmes, pp. 125–63; and Rolt. 95 first English female aerial traveller Sage. 96 in crossing over Westminster Sage, p. 19. 97 turned on its axis Sage, pp. 22–3. 98
60 an exercise of the mind Malkin, p. 95. 61 Quitted [his] house Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1957, I: Text, entry 1207. 62 every man [is] his own path-maker Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1957, I: Text, entry 1207. 63 Motivated variously For an extended discussion of the rise of pedestrianism in the Romantic period, see Jarvis. 64 Coleridge made himself a map Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1957, I: Text, entry 1206. 65 O What a Lake Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1957, I: Text, entry 1213. 66 the top of the
William Wordsworth to Thomas Spring Rice, 28 April 1839, in Wordsworth, 1967–93, VI, p. 690; William Wordsworth to Dora Wordsworth, 9 May 1839, in Wordsworth, 1967–93, VI, p. 692. 134 short tour of Ireland For discussions of Wordsworth’s trip to Ireland and its effect, see Fackler. Further examinations of his attitude to Ireland can be found in Marjarum; and McCormack, pp. 18–42. 135 Wordsworth made sure to buy one See Shaver and Shaver, p. 191. 136 the relationship between literature and
Jean Dominique (Cassini IV), ‘seems to possess more acuteness’ than his father ‘and has, I think, good ideas.’ Cassini de Thury’s death cleared the way for his son to take over direction of the French side of the project, and much better relations ensued between the British and French parties. Patient in the wait for Ramsden to finish the theodolite, Jean Dominique Cassini was charming and cooperative when the British were finally ready to begin the triangulation in 1787. The French had little to