January 20, 2004 - Tower of London - 1597
This map of the Tower of London dates from 1597, but was just recently located. A famous engraving of the tower had been made much later using this drawing, but an original copy hadn't been seen for centuries.
An assistant curator at the Tower of London found an old photograph in an archaeological journal, the caption said the image was frm the well-known engraving, but the curator knew it wasn't. Not too long after she found a 1712 copy of the image which had been copied directly from the original 1597 image.
The map provides valuable new information about the tower.
The Tower is an infamous part of Clan Stiling's history, as several Lairds of the Stirling family were imprisoned there during the many battles between Scotland and England.
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