Tag Archives: Surveyor

Chain of Custody

The earliest map visited on my travels is of a navigation channel for the Spaarne by Pieter Bruins, Bruinsz or Bruinszoon in 1584. The dotted line marked ‘7 voet’ probably denotes water ‘deeper than’ and as such I consider it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Modelling

I imagined handing over 2 sets of ‘data’ to a university department who would use some modern process (thermo-form blah) to create 2 models: one of Hutton’s contour lines of Schiehallion and another – same mountain – but current contours. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Map Mark Making

The look of a mountain.Crucially – with neither faint (contour) lines nor numbered heights – we have illustration IX. It probably represents the stage before the invention, on it are marked the perimeter stations – where a theodolite would have … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scaling the Mountain

Journey north: A1, A9; spent pondering scales for drawings: A3, A5? No need to curse the ‘badnef of the weather’ this time, heading for the camp site I see Schiehallion’s Western Edge for the first time; a cool pinnacle glistening … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Great lines, Faint lines

It’s not even a page in length; there is just one paragraph that makes clear Hutton is inventing a new type of line: “This method was the connecting together by a faint line all the points which were of the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Place Names

It’s Charles Hutton I imagine scrabbling over Schiehallion with, although highly unlikely that he ever visited; his traversing occurred on paper. I should rather think of Charles Mason who made the initial survey on its suitability for the experiment, or … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Floods

Early morning radio: a man is watching water climbing the stairs. It’s not the first time he’s been flooded out and it will happen again as arguments for dredging and speeding flow versus slowing the onrush – via water meadow … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments