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Timothy Pont

Timothy Pont

Timothy Pont was the son of Robert Pont, a well known minister of the Church of Scotland just after the Reformation. It is probable that Timothy himself was born around 1580. Timothy was educated for a life in the Church and from 1601 until 1608 was the minister for the Parish of Dunnet, in Caithness. He was more interested however in turning his mind towards mathematics and geography and decided to give up his parochial life to pursue a grand project. Timothy Pont became the first man to accurately map the entire Kingdom of Scotland.

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