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This SABRE Maps Coverage Project is to provide online coverage of the OS One Inch Scottish Popular Edition and associated maps such as the Trossachs and Loch Lomond Tourist sheet, which is technically a New Popular Edition sheet, but included here due to its Scottish location.

Whilst the Scottish Popular Edition was the equivalent of the Popular Edition of England and Wales and hence created just after World War 1, there were no One Inch Fifth Edition maps or New Popular Edition maps printed of Scotland, and the Scottish Popular Edition continued until the late 1950s.

The post-war Scottish Popular Edition is useful for us to have as it shows mapping at a relatively detailed scale during the post-war era up to the 1950s, when the One Inch Seventh Series coverage project comes into play. It is also the first mapping at the One Inch scale in Scotland to show road numbers, something that the pre-war editions did not, although "A" roads were marked (but without numbers) from 1935.

Currently therefore, it is these post-war editions that this Coverage Project focusses on at this time.

Which projection type are these maps?

See Also: SABRE Maps/Calibrating

Post-war revisions of the OS One Inch Scottish Popular Edition have the OSGB National Grid printed on them, but they actually use the Cassini (Delamere) projection and should be georeferenced accordingly. Using the National Grid will result in poor alignment and the full map area not being available.

Pre-war revisions do not have the National Grid printed on them, but are on the same Cassini (Delamere) lines.

How do I find out the date of the map?

Later Scottish Popular Edition maps have revision codes that look like this New Popular Edition example, F in this example
Early Scottish Popular Edition revision codes look like this New Popular Edition example, 1214 in this example, which is one of the relatively short-lived unique codes
See Also: SABRE Maps/OS Copyright

Annoyingly, the OS didn't actually put the exact date of the map on each map. The date that appears on the map (usually with the words First published by the Director General at the Ordnance Survey Office) often is not the correct date of the map, but the date of the first revision of the map. Annoyingly, even where a seemingly obvious date is visible (such as "Roads 1946"), that does not tell the full story. For that, we need to capture the actual revision code found on the map.

Revision codes on post-war Scottish Popular Edition sheets can be found located right at the bottom left of the map sheet, underneath the margin texts, and can be either a numeric code (such as that shown to the left), a letter code (such as that shown to the right), or a combination of the two (such as 8046/Cr). Post-war Scottish Popular map revision codes are somewhat arcane and fall under three general groups:

  • During the immediate postwar period the revision codes include the print run size and the year of printing, so 18046/Ch being 18000 copies, printed in 1946 at Chessington.
  • During the late 1940s and early 1950s, the OS switched to a unique code per printing, so 2205 can be found on one sheet, with the next revision of that sheet being 2336.
  • The final Scottish Popular maps have the familiar "letter codes" to indicate revisions, but generally they included the previous printings in their calculation. Just because there is an F revision doesn't mean that there is an E in existence!

Progress by every Post-War sheet ever printed

Note: There are no post-war revisions of sheet 89, as its area was covered entirely by New Popular Edition maps.

If two revisions were printed in a single year, then the one nearest to the centre of the year is listed as being from that year, and the other revision shifted into the earlier or later year as appropriate. Only standard civilian colour editions are listed. Some maps are not listed with their exact date within the best source available for dating, Richard Oliver's A Guide to the Ordnance Survey One-Inch Popular Edition of Scotland, published by the Charles Close Society, and in those cases the date has been inferred from the unique revision code.

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Available on Maps Unconfirmed Revision Within the pipeline Pipeline - military edition only Not currently available Still within copyright
Sheet Name 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1 Yell and Unst (Shetland Islands) 2201
2 North Mainland (Shetland Islands) 2202
3 Central Mainland (Shetland Islands) 2203
4 South Mainland (Shetland Islands) 2204
5 Orkney Islands (North) 2205 2336
6 Orkney Islands (Mainland) 2206
7 Orkney Islands (South) 2207
8 Butt of Lewis 2208
9 Cape Wrath 2209 B
10 Tongue 2210
11 Thurso & Reay 2211
12 Wick 2212
13 Loch Roag and Tarbert 2213
14 Stornaway 2214
15 Lochinver and Loch Assynt 2215 B
16 Lairg and Loch Shin 2216
17 Helmsdale 2217
18 Harris 2218
19 Ullapool and Loch Ewe 2219 2253
20 Strath Oykell 2220
21 Dornoch 2221
22 Sollas 2222
23 Benbecula 2223
24 Portree and Dunvegan 2224 B
25 Raasay and Applecross 2225 A/
Sheet Name 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
26 Loch Maree and Achnasheen 2226 A/
27 Strathpeffer and Invergordon 2227 B
28 Nairn and Cromarty 2228 B
29 Elgin and Keith 2229 B
30 Banff and Fraserburgh 2230
31 Peterhead 2231
32 Lochboisdale and Eriskay 2232
33 Bara and Mingulay 2233
34 The Cuillins, Rhum and Canna 2234 2331 B
35 Sound of Sleat 2235 2337 B
36 Lochcarron and Dornie 2236 B
37 Inverness 2237 2348
38 Grantown-on-Spey and Strath Dearn 2238 B
39 Dufftown and Huntly 5046 2324
40 Inverurie and Ellon 5046 2310
41 Glen Shiel and Glen Garry 2241 2341
42 Fort Augustus 2242 B
43 Kingussie 2243 2332 2354
44 Ballater and Strathdon 5046Cr 2318 2342
45 Aberdeen 4546 2311 C
46 Ardnamurchan and Loch Shiel 2246 A/
47 Ben Nevis and Fort William 2247 2338 2351
48 Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan 2248 B
49 Grampian Mountains and Blair Atholl 2249 2343
50 Glen Clova and Lochnagar 3046 2315 2344
Sheet Name 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
51 Stonehaven and Brechin 4546 2319 A//
52 Coll and Tiree 2252 2333
53 Sound of Mull 2253
54 Loch Etive and Glen Coe 2254 2325 2352
55 Killin and Loch Rannoch 2255
56 Dunkeld and Pitlochry 2256 2326 C
57 Forfar and Dundee 5046Cr 2327 A//
58 Arbroath and Montrose 4846/Cr 2323 C
59 Iona and Colonsay 2545/Cr 2302
60 North Jura and Firth of Lorne 3045/Cr 2316
61 Oban and Loch Awe 8046/Cr 2328 C
62 Loch Katrine and Loch Earn 4045/Cr 2293 C
63 Perth and Strath Earn 5046/Cr 2320 C
64 Dundee and St Andrews 5045/Cr 2294 C
65 Dunoon and Loch Fyne 4045/Cr 2308
66 Loch Lomond 5045/Ch 2312 2339
67 Stirling and Dunfermline 5045/Cr 2305 C/
68 Firth of Forth 5045/Cr 2321 C
69 Islay 5046/Cr 2329
70 Sound of Jura 3045/Cr 2317
71 Island of Bute 4045/Cr 2299
72 Glasgow 10045/Ch 2307 2340
73 Falkirk and Motherwell 6045/Cr 2292 2330 D D/
74 Edinburgh 10045/Cr 2322 2349
75 Dunbar and Lammermuir 9046/Cr
Sheet Name 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
76 Kintyre 3045/Cr 2301
77 Island of Arran 3545/Cr 2295 2347
78 Kilmarnock and Ayr 8045/Cr 2345
79 Lanark 5046/Cr 2334 C
80 Peebles and Galashiels 5045/Cr 2313 C
81 Kelso 8046/Cr 2350
82 Ailsa Craig and Girvan 2545/Cr 2303
83 Loch Doon 2545Cr 2296
84 Nithsdale and Moffat 2546/Cr 2297
85 Hawick and Eskdale 3045/Cr 2300
86 The Cheviot Hills 5046/Cr 2335
87 Newton Stewart 3046/Cr 2304
88 Dumfries 3045/Cr 2298
89 Solway Firth and River Esk
90 Stranraer 3545/Cr 2309
91 Wigtown 3545/Cr 2314
92 Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright 3545/Cr 2306
- The Trossachs and Loch Lomond 3388




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