We have some fantastic ordnance survey maps in the UK. Details of these may be found at:
. They may be ordered on-line or picked up in
any decent book-shop. The 1:25,000 Explorer maps are possibly the ones that Mike is
referring to as they provide an incredible amount 2.5 inches to the mile! The Landranger
maps 1:50,000 are not bad too. Both provide many farm names. The website also allows you
to get free maps on-line - you can search on placenames, postcodes and grid refs see -
You can do the same on old maps at the following site - http://www.old-maps.co.uk/
there is a good gazetteer on this site too.
Those of you unfamiliar with the resources available through www.genuki.org.uk
check this out.
Please bear in mind that the county boundaries have all changed in Scotland, England and
Wales. the old Scottish counties can be seen here -
- and the new ones here -
. Note how Ayrshire has been
broken up and Dumfries and Galloway has incorporated Wigtonshire and Kirkcudbrightshire,
for example!. This explains some of the confusion regarding the location of some places!
----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Boyd
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 1:34 AM
Subject: [BOYD] Ordance Maps of Ayrshire
In the early 1990's, I was advised that you could get Ordnance Maps of
Ayrshire which showed the Farms, etc.
I did not see the map, but assume they are the along the lines of Army Maps.
If anyone has more detail knowledge about what these maps are called and
where they can be purchased please tell the group.
It may be worth asking the Kilmarnock Council or Dean Castle websites.
As many Boyd families came from villages in Ayrshire, and its many towns,
this short of map may be useful to you in your search. You may need the
current version PLUS ONE MAP nearest to the period that you are researching.
While those website whiz, may also be able to tell us if there is a current
Ordnance map on the Web.
Historical Committee, hBS
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