NSCC W. K. Morrison Special Collection

This Collection was donated to NSCC COGS by Walter Morrison, Cartographer Emeritus of COGS who was interested in antique maps as an illustration of the evolution of map making technology. It is a mixed media print collection of historical maps, atlases, periodicals and books that is focused on the early mapping of Atlantic Canada and specifically Nova Scotia. There are over 2000 items in the print collection; we invite you to follow us as we grow our digital collection.


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PLAN of STRALSUND, with the Trenches Lines & Batteries, that the SWEDES made to defend it when beseiged by the DANES & PRUSSIANS in 1715
PLAN of STRALSUND, with the Trenches Lines & Batteries, that the SWEDES made to defend it when beseiged by the DANES & PRUSSIANS in 1715
Map includes depiction of King of Sweden camp, several ditches, and Danholm Fort facing part of the Baltic Sea during the time of the Siege of Stralsund (1711-1715)., Map of Stralsund, Located in North Germany. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. Map reads with north facing to the top of the map. There is a scale bare represented in Half an English Mile. Map was referenced with data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
PLAN of the BATTLE of TONHAUSEN, ye 1st. of August 1759, between his Britannic Majesty's Army, commanded by Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick, and that of France by Marshal De Contades: With the different Motions of the two Armies from the 14th. of July to th
PLAN of the BATTLE of TONHAUSEN, ye 1st. of August 1759, between his Britannic Majesty's Army, commanded by Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick, and that of France by Marshal De Contades: With the different Motions of the two Armies from the 14th. of July to th
A plan of the Battle of Tonhausen/Minden detailing, along with the explanatory legend on page 169, detailing movements and positions around the time of Britain's famous and incredible victory. As a battle plan, land cover is highly detailed while cities (including the fortified Minden) are quite generalized; relief, terrain, and waterways are all shown as they all had direct bearing on the battle and pertain directly to what the reader would wish to see of the engagement. An elaborate cartouche frames the work's title and includes cattails and bullrushes along the scroll motif., The scale bar is in leagues, and there is no graticule; the scale was calculated from the scale bar, and the coordinates from georeferencing.
PLAN of the Battle of DETTINGEN, as published by Authority
PLAN of the Battle of DETTINGEN, as published by Authority
Woodcut plan of the battle. It is accompanied by a detailed legend to troops, munitions and other key locations. This was one of the battles in the War of the Austrian Succession.
PLAN of the Battle of GLADSMUIR
PLAN of the Battle of GLADSMUIR
Map detailing locations of Highlanders and Rebels during the battle fought at Prestonpans, East Lothaian, Scotland. The Jacbite army loyal to James Stuart les by his son Charles Edward Stuart defeated the government army loyal to the Hanoverian George II led by Sir John Cope. This battle is heavily mythologized. The text accompanying the plan in this journal explicitly details the battle from a letter to Sir John Cope. The map is keyed locating the dragoons location and flights, the rebels march, and other military advancements., Plan of the Battle of Prestonpans SE of Edinburgh, the first major engagement of the 2nd Jacobite Uprising. The letters within the map correspond to the legend located on its left that uses both upper and lower case lettering to show positions, along with the repetition of certain letters to show movement throughout the battle. Settlements and farms are illustrated via small vignettes, along with generalized tree lines. The compass rose shows the Firth of Forth at the bottom as North. The coordinates and scale for this map were both derived via georeferencing.
PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of HAVANNA
PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of HAVANNA
Plan details city of Havana and the harbour. Etching of city blocks and building in surrounding area. Reference list A - R correspond to map locations for castles, barracks, college, fort, gate, church, parade, hospital, mole, magazine, and factory. Numbers in bay indicate depths by soundings. Relief shown pictorially., Map of the Harbour of Havanna, Cuba. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. Map reads with North facing to the bottom of the map. There is one scale bar on the map, in Miles. There is also a legend located on the left side of the map, indicating points of interest on the map.
PLAN of the CITY of HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA
PLAN of the CITY of HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA
Includes an index of significant buildings and locations in the city., The date of publication was estimated by Walter, presumably by researching the development of the city. It is in agreement with the record at the Nova Scotia Archives Library. Walter describes this map as rare.
PLAN of the Canals, now making from the several Coal Mines in the neighbourhood of STOURBRIDGE and DUDLEY, to the Great Canal from the Trent to the Severn near Stourton, in the County of STAFFORD, Survey'd in 1775, by Robert Whitworth
PLAN of the Canals, now making from the several Coal Mines in the neighbourhood of STOURBRIDGE and DUDLEY, to the Great Canal from the Trent to the Severn near Stourton, in the County of STAFFORD, Survey'd in 1775, by Robert Whitworth
A canal plan between Stouton and Dudley in the West Midlands, England by Robert Whitworth that appears to have been completed. A chart in the bottom left describes the details of the locks. More land features are shown than many other maps of this type with local roads, banks, brooks, coppices, churches, Seats, and towns drawn or annotated. This survey is quite accurate for its time. The obverse and reverse of a coin or medallion of the Emperor Maximin that belongs to the passage following the description of the canal is located on the bottom left. Roger Sc at lower right., The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
PLAN of the City of HAVANAH
PLAN of the City of HAVANAH
Includes a legend below the map indicating significant locations along with a short description., Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of Graticule and information on the map. There is a scale bar on the bottom of the map in English Miles.
PLAN of the FORT of BANGALORE from SIGHTS, without Measurement
PLAN of the FORT of BANGALORE from SIGHTS, without Measurement
A engraving of the fort at Bangalore made without measurement describing defenses at the time of Lord Cornwallis' attack. In the late 18th century, the Muslim rulers Haidar Ali (r.1761-1782) and his son Tipu Sultan (r.1782-1799) fought numerous wars against the British over the control of Southern India. The fort at Bangalore was originally built out of mud by the founder of the city and Hindu ruler Kempe Gowda in the early 16th century and was reconstructed in stone by Haidar Ali in 1761. It was built in an unusual oval shape with eight gates, only one of which survives today. Bangalore fort was captured by Lord Cornwallis and his army on 21 March 1791., No scale bar, graticule, or other metric is present to derive scale calculations. An estimate of it being 1 mile in perimeter comes from Sandes, Lt Col E.W.C. (1933). The Military Engineer in India, Vol I. Chatham: The Institution of Royal Engineers. pp. 163–165, describing it as a final place of refuge once the Pettah, or town/city area, had been overtaken, and was a common plan found in Indian towns at the time; the plan has been loosely georeferenced using this as a guideline, and the scale was roughly estimated in same manner. The coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
PLAN of the HARBOUR of OMOA, By Capt. J. S. Speer, Lat'de 15°. 50'. N. Long. 89. 50. W. [on sheet with] PLAN of the Fortification now erecting at OMOA
PLAN of the HARBOUR of OMOA, By Capt. J. S. Speer, Lat'de 15°. 50'. N. Long. 89. 50. W. [on sheet with] PLAN of the Fortification now erecting at OMOA
A British map of Spanish controlled Omoa Harbour and of the construction of Fortaleza de San Fernando de Omoa, located on the northern coast of present day Honduras and made a short time before the Battle of San Fernando de Omoa., Scale bar in fathoms (distance, assumed 1.7 m) for Map 1 and toise (assumed 1.949 m) in Map 2. Longitude written on the map when converted to decimal degrees is approximately 1.79° West of WGS coordinates, matching with no known prime meridians. Coordinates derived from georeferenced image.
PLAN of the NAVIGABLE CANAL now making from the River Trent to Langley Bridge, in the Counties of DERBY and NOTTINGHAM; Survey'd in 1776, by T. Smith
PLAN of the NAVIGABLE CANAL now making from the River Trent to Langley Bridge, in the Counties of DERBY and NOTTINGHAM; Survey'd in 1776, by T. Smith
A canal plan between a bridge at the Derbyshire-Nottinghamshire border North along the River Erewash until the bridge at Langley Mill. Specifications for the canal locks can be found in the bottom right corner of the map; unlike many other maps of this form, locks and cuts do not appear to be shown on the map proper, unless of course they were unnecessary., This map requires rubbersheeting for it to be anywhere close to the real world river features. The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
PLAN of the NEW TOWN of HALIFAX in NOVA SCOTIA
PLAN of the NEW TOWN of HALIFAX in NOVA SCOTIA
This plan of Halifax, published just 4 months after its founding, allows you to see what was planned for the city. Those familiar with the city can readily see the differences in the plan versus the reality. It is interesting that it shows none of the surrounding wilderness.
PLAN of the Navigable Canal from the Town of STROUD to the River Severn at Framiload, in the County of GLOCESTER, Survey'd in 1775
PLAN of the Navigable Canal from the Town of STROUD to the River Severn at Framiload, in the County of GLOCESTER, Survey'd in 1775
A canal map spanning from Stroud to modern day Upper Framilode and the River Severn in Gloucestershire. The map is quite sparse, and no legend is used - instead a brief description of the proposed water system details figures below the centre of the map., The map is reasonably accurate compared to WGS84. The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
PLAN of the RIVER SALWARP, and of the NAVIGABLE CANAL, from DROITWICH, to the RIVER SEVERN, in the COUNTY of WORCESTER
PLAN of the RIVER SALWARP, and of the NAVIGABLE CANAL, from DROITWICH, to the RIVER SEVERN, in the COUNTY of WORCESTER
This plan presents a very decorative cartouche. Following the Croitwich Barge Canal Act of 1768, the Croitwich was linked to the River Severn, Janes Brindley's contour canal opened enabling economical carriage of salt products from the brine sources of Droitwich to wider markets., A plan of the canal from modern day Droitwich Spa southwest to the River Severn. The map is oriented with SSE at the top with a one mile scale bar divided into 8 furlongs. Trees are drawn to show wooded areas, and the cartouche border has the same motif. The map's scale was calculated from its scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferecing. A good candidate for rubber sheeting as it does not match well within a GIS.
PLAN of the RIVER THAMES; and of the intended NAVIGABLE CANAL, from READING, to Monkey Island. Survey'd, in 1770, and 1771
PLAN of the RIVER THAMES; and of the intended NAVIGABLE CANAL, from READING, to Monkey Island. Survey'd, in 1770, and 1771
The water route from Lancashire & Yorkshire to the East Coast. A plan of the River Thames west of London from Reading to Monkey Island near Bray, and of an intended canal to aid riparian traffic. There is little in the way of ornament; only the requisite information is present save for a few individual trees to represent wooded areas., Both the lengths of lines (miles, furlongs, and chains) and their water levels are tabled in the bottom right (feet and inches). The scale was calculated from the scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing. This plan is reasonably accurate within a GIS.

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