Mary Spence MBE & Sparrow Publishing

Mary Spence MBE, acclaimed cartographer and proprietor of Sparrow Publishing

Who she and what it?

Mary is one of the UK's leading cartographers and enjoys an international reputation for map making excellence, working across all platforms from digital data to field research. 

A Chartered Geographer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, she is also both Past President and Honorary Fellow of the British Cartographic Society.

Originating from north of the border, Mary holds a degree in Geography from Aberdeen University and a post-graduate degree in Cartography from Glasgow University and has since worked alongside a variety of organisations both civilian and military, accruing numerous awards along the way. She was invested with an MBE for services to cartographic design in 2004.

Mary is an accomplished author; her latest book Cartography; an introduction (with Giles Darkes) is now in its second edition and available through this site (see Books).

In addition to her cartographic duties Mary is also proprietor of Sparrow Publishing, in which she focusses principally on specialist works and is sole publisher for G. Fisher Enterprises.

For enquiries on any aspect of Mary Spence MBE or Sparrow, she can be reached via the Contact section or direct on 

Declaration of interest

If you haven't already guessed, Graham Fisher and Mary Spence are 'an item' and, together with various cats and dogs, share a home and offices on the Welsh borders where their closest neighbours are sheep on one side and an Inn on the other. So now you know.

More about Sparrow and Mary

Shaping the world


We unexpectedly came across this on the internet in late February 2018 and, with due acknowledgement to the site concerned, are delighted to reproduce it as unsolicited testimonial.

The Women Who Shaped The World is an article by The Future Mapping Company that records their 'Top 10 Female Cartographers of All Time'.

The selection is an eclectic one covering a period from antiquity to the modern cartographic era. Click on the link below and take a look who comes in at number 9. We're very proud of 'our Mary', even the more so because of all these amazing women who have helped shaped the world, she is the only one who is  actually still alive!  To learn more, click here