Rare map of the Great Canal from Forth to Clyde
By WHITWORTH, Robert [and] LAURIE, John , 1785

A Plan of the Great Canal from Forth to Clyde Rob[er]t Whitworth Esq[ui]r[e] and Mr John Laurie. Drawn and Engrav’d by John Ainslie Land Surveyor, 1785.

British Isles Scotland
  • Author: WHITWORTH, Robert [and] LAURIE, John
  • Publisher: Edinburgh, John Ainslie
  • Publication date: 1785.
  • Physical description: Large engraved map on four sheets joined, mounted on linen, inset plan 'For a Reservoir Propos'd to be made in Dolater Bogg', list of owners of the land upon the canal, profile of proposed canal below map, small loss to left portion not effecting image, edged in red cloth and on rollers.
  • Dimensions: 620 by 1850mm (24.5 by 72.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1104


Rare map of the proposed line of a canal joining the Firth of Forth with the River Clyde, surveyed by Robert Whitworth, a leading canal engineer, and John Laurie, a Scottish land-surveyor, their survey work edited for publication and engraved by John Ainslie, the leading Scottish engraver and publisher of the period. The canal was opened in 1790, extending from Grangemouth on the Firth of Forth to Bowling on the Clyde River.

COPAC records only a single institutional location of this map, the example in the National Library of Scotland, although two examples can be found in the Scottish National Archives.