Sir Robert Gordon of Straloch (1580-1661)



Robert Gordon of Straloch (1580–1661) was a Scottish cartographer, noted as a poet, mathematician, antiquary, and geographer, and for his collection of music for the lute. In 1641, Charles I wrote a letter, in which he entreated Gordon ‘to reveis the saidis cairtiss’, to complete the publication of an atlas of Scotland, which had been projected by Timothy Pont. The Atlas was completed in 1648 and was published by Joan Blaeu of Amsterdam, under the title of Theatrum Scotiae. A second edition was published in 1655 and a third in 1662. This atlas was said to be the first delineation of Scotland made from actual survey and measurement.
Engraved by E. Harding, from a drawing by David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan (1742-1829) of the original painting by Charles Whyt and published in ‘The Scotish Gallery’ by John Pinkerton, 1799.

Copper etching
Image size 114 x 141 mm
450 ppi