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John Hardyng’s Map of Scotland will be on display at the Wardlaw Museum from 20 February to 3 July 2022.

Opening times:
Monday – Friday: 11am – 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 5pm

The exhibition will be inaccessible between 5 – 7pm on the following dates – 19, 26 April and 3, 10 May.

Wardlaw Museum, 7 The Scores, St Andrews, KY16 9AR.
Phone +44 (0)1334 46 1660
Email: [email protected]

Full details of accessibility at the Wardlaw Museum, including pre-visit information, can be found in our Accessibility Guide.

John Hardyng’s Map of Scotland is the first detailed map to show the Kingdom of Scots, created in 1457 as part of a Chronicle of the history of England and its neighbours.

Hardyng’s knowledge of Scotland came from a secret mission carried out on behalf of Henry V of England (1413-1422) and the map shows a flourishing kingdom with buildings that are sometimes still recognisable today.

The exhibition allows you to take a closer look at this original map while exploring the details through a digital tour of Scotland, following an invasion route proposed by Hardyng in his Chronicle.

A hand-drawn, brightly coloured map of Scotland, with the north facing to the right. The map shows Scotland almost rectangular in shape and represents cities with brightly coloured castles or churches, often with tall walls.
John Hardyng’s Map of Scotland, (c) British Library Board, Lansdowne204 ff.226v

Treasures on Tour

This first version of the Chronicle is at the Wardlaw Museum on loan from the British Library as part of the British Library’s Treasures on Tour programme, generously supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust. From da Vinci’s notebooks and Jane Austen’s writings to rare sacred texts and the earliest newspapers, the British Library works with partners across the world to share its collection of over 170 million treasures, inspiring the next great idea or moment of joyful discovery.