Maps of the Honourable Robert Clifford

About the Maps:

The maps of the Honourable Robert Clifford were acquired in 1969 by the McMaster University Librarian, William Ready, as part of a much larger purchase of nearly 400 maps from the estate of the late George Cholmondeley, the 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley (1883-1968). See excerpt from the McMaster University Library Research News v.1, no.4, April 1970.


The reason for their presence amongst the Cholmondeley collection is shrouded in mystery as the bulk of Clifford's map collection remains at his ancestral home of Ugbrooke Park, Chudleigh in Devon. It may be that these are the maps Clifford smuggled out of France and turned over to English authorities for the prosecution of the war against Napoleon. According to several journal articles written by the late professor William Ravenhill of the University of Exeter, the whereabouts of these maps are still unknown as they are not to be found amongst the maps at Ugbrooke.

About the Images:

The maps were electronically captured with a Colortrac SmartLF GX+T56 scanner at 600 dpi optical, 24-bit tonal resolution and saved in .TIF (archival), JPEG (thumbnail) and JPEG2000 (scalable) formats.

Permitted Use of the Map Images:

McMaster University Library is providing digital access to these maps, and the ability to download high resoultion copies (600 dpi .TIFs), for non-commercial purposes only. For allowable use of the images found on this website, see the Creative Commons License.