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TITLE
Map of Thurso Parish
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_26_P493
PLACENAME
Thurso
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Thurso
PERIOD
1790s
CREATOR
W C
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
30754
KEYWORDS
parishes
towns
counties
maps
harbours
zoomable

Map of Thurso Parish by 'WC'. This map shows the boundaries of Thurso Parish in the 1790s at the time of the First Statistical Account.

The name Thurso comes from the Norse 'Thor's a' which means 'River of the God Thor'. It was an important gateway to the mainland during the time of the Vikings.
This map is very simple, showing the Thurso river, the towns and the main roads out of the parish. There is very little decoration on the map, although the notable exceptions are the masted sailing ships in Thurso Bay. The scale is 40 chains to an Inch. One chain is approximately 20 metres in length.

This map was engraved for the 20th volume of the Statistical Account of Scotland. Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster in Caithness was a member of parliament who carried out a survey of all Scotland's parishes, hoping 'to meliorate the condition of the people'. The statistical account remains an important local history resource and an online version has been created by the University of Edinburgh

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Map of Thurso Parish

CAITHNESS: Thurso

1790s

parishes; towns; counties; maps; harbours; zoomable

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (maps)

Map of Thurso Parish by 'WC'. This map shows the boundaries of Thurso Parish in the 1790s at the time of the First Statistical Account. <br /> <br /> The name Thurso comes from the Norse 'Thor's a' which means 'River of the God Thor'. It was an important gateway to the mainland during the time of the Vikings.<br /> This map is very simple, showing the Thurso river, the towns and the main roads out of the parish. There is very little decoration on the map, although the notable exceptions are the masted sailing ships in Thurso Bay. The scale is 40 chains to an Inch. One chain is approximately 20 metres in length.<br /> <br /> This map was engraved for the 20th volume of the Statistical Account of Scotland. Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster in Caithness was a member of parliament who carried out a survey of all Scotland's parishes, hoping 'to meliorate the condition of the people'. The statistical account remains an important local history resource and an online version has been created by the University of Edinburgh