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A large and important map of Great Britain, Written in the second half of the 14th century

MS. Gough Gen. Top. 16

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A large and important map of Great Britain, including adjacent islands and the East coast of Ireland, written and painted in the second half of the 14th century. The land is left white, the sea and rivers are green villages and towns are denoted by houses and (in the case of towns) a (red) church, a few of the names also being in red, and 'London' and York ('Eboriens") in gold. It is probably the oldest map in which distances between towns are marked. A shipwreck, a whale, etc. are depicted in the sea.


  • Written in the second half of the 14th century


1 map


MS. Gough Gen. Top. 16

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 17610

Custodial History

In 1768 Thomas Martin exhibited the map to the Society of Antiquaries: and in the catalogue of his MSS., 1774, it is no. 405 on p. 19, and was purchased by Gough.


The map has been several times reproduced, as in Gough's British Topography (2nd ed., 1780), i. 76, and Facsimiles of National Manuscripts of Scotland , iii (1871), no. 3. There are descriptions at the above references, and in the Reports of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records xxxii (1871), p. v. and xxxiv (1873), p. 288.

Physical Facet

On parchment, made of two sheets of parchment, in parts injured


22 1/8 × 46 1/2 in. in a frame 30 1/4 × 53 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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