John Thomson (cartographer)

John Thomson (1777-c1840),[1] was a Scottish cartographer from Edinburgh, celebrated for his 1817 New General Atlas, published by himself in Edinburgh, John Cumming in Dublin, and Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy in London.

Detail from New General Atlas

The title page described it as

"A new general atlas, consisting of a series of geographical designs, on various projections, exhibiting the form and component parts of the globe; and a collection of maps and charts, delineating the natural and political divisions of the empires, kingdoms, and states in the World. Constructed from the best systematic works, and the most authentic voyages and travels. With a memoir of the progress of geography, a summary of physical geography, and a consulting index to facilitate the finding out of places. Edinburgh: Printed by George Ramsay and Company, for John Thomson and Company, Edinburgh; Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, London; and John Cumming, Dublin. 1817."[2]


  • The Cabinet Atlas
  • The Classical and Historical Atlas
  • The New General Atlas, 1817 [2]
  • The Traveller's Guide through Scotland and its Islands, 1829 [3]
  • The Edinburgh School Classical Atlas, 1831 [4]
  • Atlas of Scotland, 1832 [1]

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Map GalleryEdit

Sample of maps found in Wikimedia Commons:


  1. ^ a b "John Thomson's Atlas of Scotland, 1832". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Contents: New general atlas Thomson, John, 1817". The David Rumsey Collection. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  3. ^ "The Traveller's Guide through Scotland and its Islands". Google eBook. 1829. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  4. ^ The Edinburgh school classical atlas. WorldCat. OCLC 316613187. Retrieved 4 May 2015.