National Library of Scotland
The National Library of Scotland is at the forefront of digitising antiquarian maps; certainly in Scotland and perhaps the UK. A good place to start looking specifically at Nithsdale is the index page.
The ones most referred to are Pont, Bleau and Roy. It is because of their detail that they are such a joy. Their accuracy is of course subject to discussion but it is surprising how much information can be gleaned.
Collectors and Their Collections
An interview with Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli, CEO of the Rubelli textile company, who is an avid collector of antique maps. principally of Italy but with a particular focus on Venice.
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Down Survey of Ireland
A fascinating project digitising the Down Survey of Ireland was recently produced by Trinity College Dublin. This was a massive 17th century endeavour organised by William Petty which helped Oliver Cromwell establish a Protestant hegemony in Ireland. Like the Roy map it was the mapping of a conquered population but unlike Roy the detail was much finer. It is worth looking at to see how we might present our maps and also for the beautiful cartography.
Les Cartes de Cassini
Offers you a choice of maps of France, in black and white or colour. Clicking on a map image opens up a detaied view.