John Thomson was an atlas publisher in Edinburgh and this ambitious task was a labour of love and commitment so huge it even contributed to his bankruptcy. Yet he persevered and, with the support of friends, the atlas – begun in 1820 – was finally launched in 1832.
Chris Fleet studied Geography at the University of Durham. He is Senior Map Curator in the National Library of Scotland. In 2010, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He is co-author of Scotland: Mapping the Nation (Birlinn, 2012) and Scotland: Mapping the Islands (Birlinn, 2016).