Speed's map of Westmorland
By SPEED, John , 1627

The county Westmorland and Kendale the chief towne described with the armes of such nobles as have bene earles of either of them.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed Iohn Speede and are to be sold by George Humble in Popes head alley against the Exchange
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 510mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11775


A beautifully coloured map of Westmorland, with an inset map of Kendall and a description of the marriage of Saint Margaret of Scotland and Malcolm III.

John Speed (1552-1629) was the outstanding cartographer of his age. His ‘Theatre of Great Britain’ was the first atlas of the British Isles: Speed prepared the maps himself about two years before they were published. His maps and books dominated the seventeenth-century English market. The present map is taken from the 1627 English edition published by George Humble.


  1. Chubb XXV.