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Wales depicted in 1610

Over half a century after the last Welsh shires were created, even the great mapmaker John Norden was unsure of them. This map of Wales, oriented to the west, was drawn as part of a set of the West coast of Britain, and of all of Ireland, for Robert Cecil, Secretary of State to Elizabeth I and James I. Cecil (from a Welsh family that had made its fortune serving the Tudors in England) had much experience of governing Wales at a distance - but apparently not enough real knowledge of the Welsh shires to object that Radnor was in the wrong place, and that Glamorgan was wrongly labelled as Monmouth.

Catalogue reference: MPF 1/65

Wales depicted in 1610. Cat ref: MPF 1/65
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