Lonely Planet Writer

Tanks, trains and tuberculosis: historic Edinburgh mapped in new book

Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh Castle. Image by Christoph Strässler / CC BY-SA 2.0

Maps showing Edinburgh through history have been uncovered. The maps start in 1610 and include plans showing the arrival of railways, the distribution of Victorian tuberculosis cases and a temperance-league breakdown of city-centre pubs. The strangest map is probably a detailed 1983 Soviet army map, designed to be used by commanders in the event of war – ‘it would have been perfect for planning a tank invasion’. The maps, collected in association with the National Library of Scotland, are visible in a new book. Read more: bbc.co.uk