This is a large map, encompassing a substantial portion of the Midland Valley
of Scotland. In the west the area is bounded by Loch Lomond, the Firth of Clyde,
and the River Clyde, with Glasgow itself depicted. In the north, there is little
information north of a line from Stirling in the east to Loch Lomond in the
west. The now ragged eastern margin of the sheet includes Dunblane in the north
and a point just west of Bo'ness in the south. From here the southern boundary
runs irregularly across country to Glasgow.
Pont 32 : The east central lowlands (Stirling,
Robert Gordon made substantial additions to this map. The grid
drawn in red ink covers in the main the area mapped by Pont. This
grid was probably drawn by Gordon as an aid to copying the map.
There are two notes in Gordon's hand. One, in Strath Blane, south
east of Loch Lomond, says:
The Moss. heir
M.G. Buchanan was born
This is a reference to George Buchanan (1506-1582) the renowned
Scottish poet and historian.
Gordon's second and longer note, just west of Cumbernauld (lower
this part joyneth not w[ith] [th]e rest
of [th]e Lennox but outthruch to it
be annextion it is cald [th]e
parochin of [th]e Leinyie
There is a neat archaeological note in Latin northeast of Glasgow.
Vestigia valli Romanorum quod
videtur Agricolam aut Adrianum
Which translates as:
'the remains of the Roman fortification which
it seems Agricola or Hadrian
The dotted line running west-east across the map represents the
line of the Roman Antonine Wall. This turf wall across the
Clyde-Forth isthmus was begun by the Roman governor Lollius Urbicus
in about the year 142AD in an attempt to separate the 'barbarians'
from the Roman occupied lands to the south. The line may have been
added by Gordon. Many stretches of ditch and/or rampart are still
visible, including that in the grounds of Callendar House, Falkirk,
which is shown by Pont.
» Pont 16 and Pont 17 overlap the western margin of this sheet, and
Pont 34 the southern margin. Pont's map of Linlithgowshire (Pont
<36>(4))includes part of the far east, south of the Forth.
» The following manuscript maps by Robert Gordon include at least
part of Pont 32: 2, 6, 48, 49, 50, and 51.
» Joan Blaeu's map of Sterlinensis (1654) was strongly based
on information contained in Pont 32. His Levinia is also
Text derived in part from Jeffrey C. Stone's The Pont Manuscript Maps of
Scotland, published by Map Collector Publications Ltd in 1989.