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TITLE
Kiltarlity and Convinth
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GLENURQUHART_JANBELL_MAPS_003_004
PLACENAME
Kiltarlity and Convinth
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kiltarlity and Convinth
DATE OF IMAGE
1801
PERIOD
1810s
SOURCE
Glenurquhart Heritage Group
ASSET ID
22725
KEYWORDS
botany
herbs
geological
farm
farms
agrarian
zoomable images

Agriculture changed greatly in the early 19th Century, and this map of Glenurquhart in 1801 demonstrates how cartography changed to emphasise properties of the soil. There is a greater use of symbol to depict the type of geology and vegetation in different areas of Glenurquhart.

It is notable that a caption describes 'improvable ground'. In previous decades, it would be very difficult to improve ground. In the early 19th Century, two main advances permitted land to be improved. The first was that agricultural implements were decreased in size and weight. This meant that more land could be ploughed and developed. Secondly, it had been discovered that crop rotation could maximise the use of soil. Certain plants possess bacteria which can draw nutrients from the soil. If another plant is grown in the same place, then it will benefit from the previous crop.

The Earl of Seafield, 'good' Sir James Grant introduced the practice of crop rotation to Glen Urquhart.

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Kiltarlity and Convinth

INVERNESS: Kiltarlity and Convinth

1810s

botany; herbs; geological; farm; farms; agrarian;; zoomable images

Glenurquhart Heritage Group

Glenurquhart Heritage Group (maps)

Agriculture changed greatly in the early 19th Century, and this map of Glenurquhart in 1801 demonstrates how cartography changed to emphasise properties of the soil. There is a greater use of symbol to depict the type of geology and vegetation in different areas of Glenurquhart.<br /> <br /> It is notable that a caption describes 'improvable ground'. In previous decades, it would be very difficult to improve ground. In the early 19th Century, two main advances permitted land to be improved. The first was that agricultural implements were decreased in size and weight. This meant that more land could be ploughed and developed. Secondly, it had been discovered that crop rotation could maximise the use of soil. Certain plants possess bacteria which can draw nutrients from the soil. If another plant is grown in the same place, then it will benefit from the previous crop.<br /> <br /> The Earl of Seafield, 'good' Sir James Grant introduced the practice of crop rotation to Glen Urquhart.