John Christopher Bartholomew

Bartholomew monument, Dean Cemetery
John Christopher's name at the foot of the Bartholomew monument

John Christopher Bartholomew (or J.C. Bartholomew) (15 January 1923 – 16 January 2008) was a Scottish cartographer and geographer.


He was the son of John (Ian) Bartholomew (1890–1962), and Marie Antoinette Sarolea, daughter of Charles Sarolea.[1] He was the great-great-grandson of the founder of John Bartholomew and Son Ltd.

He studied at Edinburgh Academy and Gordonstoun before taking a degree in Geography at Edinburgh University.

He took over directorship of John Bartholomew & Co. from his father in 1951. At this stage Peter Bartholomew (1924-1987) was Chairman and Robert Bartholomew (b.1927) was Production Manager. Their most memorable production during their control was the Times Atlas (five volumes but also available in a 'concise' version). They also published the first metric versions of the large scale Ordnance Survey maps of the UK, aimed at hikers and travellers.[2]

Bartholomew served as president of the British Cartographic Society in 1970–71. He was also a vice-president of the International Cartographic Association, 1972–80, and from 1987 to 1993, he was president of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He was also active on the committee of the Scottish Rights of Way Society (now ScotWays), and was made its honorary president.

On his death he left monies for the erections of view indicators on the summits of both Berwick Law and the Braid Hills.

He is buried against the north wall of the 20th century extension to Dean Cemetery in western Edinburgh at the memorial to his grandfather, John George Bartholomew. His father Ian, and uncle Hugh lie with him.


He married Ginette Achard-James. They had five sons: John Eric, Philip, Christopher, Patrick and Ivon.[3]


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