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Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Early Map of Corehead :1590

This is a map of the opposite borders of Scotland and England. It is from an atlas that belonged to William Cecil Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I’s Secretary of State. Burghley used this atlas to illustrate domestic matters. This map is interesting because it shows the debatable lands, these were lands between the borders of Scotland and England, claimed by neither and subsequently a lawless no-man’s land. Lord Burghley has annotated the map, adding place names at points along the river which forms part of the border, and the river immediately to the right of this which lies on English soil. The title, "A Platt of the opposete Borders of Scotland to ye west marches of England" appears on the reverse with the date: "Dec. 1590". The original is held in the British Library,London.

 Corehead Tower which was probably built about 1570 was owned by the family of Johnstone of Corehead.The tower was probably on the site of earlier fortifications and perhaps the location for William Wallace meeting his nephew Tom Halliday. The tower on the map is the very top one on the left handside.It is possible to zoom in on the British Library site.

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