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Timothy Pont's Renfrewshire

Timothy Pont's Renfrewshire. Text and maps by Alan Steel

The University of Paisley, 2003. [iv]+72pp. Maps. ISBN 1 903978 14 9. £3.00

The University of Paisley Library recently co-hosted with John Smith & Son Booksellers a reception to launch the publication by the University Library of Alan Steel's book, Timothy Pont's Renfrewshire.

Alan Steel had previously given an address, 1586 - The Discovery of Renfrewshire as part of a University of Paisley lecture series to illustrate the National Library of Scotland's Mapping the Realm exhibition, which was on display at the University until Easter 2003.

Stuart James, the University of Paisley's Chief Librarian, said: "Alan's booklet gives a valuable insight into Pont's maps of Renfrewshire. His text discusses the compilation of Pont's Renfrewshire map and his use of place names, then he lists, reconstructs, identifies and locates all the Renfrewshire place names on the Pont map. Together with the exhibition and the lectures which have been well patronized by members of the public, this reinforces the University's commitment to closer involvement with the town."