Lanarkshire Philatelic Society


"A Scottish Miscellany"


Mr. Kenneth Norris


"A Scottish Miscellany" was the title of the display to be given at last Friday’s meeting of the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society (16th March, 2012) and a wonderful "miscellany" it proved to be!

This was given by Ken Norris of Hamilton who is Honorary President of the Society. He gave a fascinatingly diverse display of covers, stamps, postmarks, cachets and postcards on a great variety of Scottish subjects!

This ranged from "Steamers of the Clyde"; Postmarks which included a thistle/s; Travelling post offices; Postmarks from railway stations which had been issued with one – eg Annbank ; Slogan cachets – eg "Stranraer for Sea, sun and scenery"; Postcards and postmarks of Post Buses; Labels issued for various events – eg Exhibitions, also showing Greyfriar’s Bobby; Covers and postmarks for unusual places – e.g. "Ae" – the shortest name on a postmark! (a village in Dumfriesshire).


After the break the theme continued with more very interesting and diverse displays -beginning with "Scottish Aviation" – including postmark for the Lanark Aviation Meeting of 1910; Lovely Air letters illustrating Scottish tourism sites, Golf, Mary, Queen of Scots; Letters that travelled a long way before arriving at their destination – e.g. letter from London to Joppa in Edinburgh mis-sent via India!; Postmarks of Lanarkshire for post offices that no longer exist; Beautiful covers and cachets illustrating "Up Helly Aa"; Mail sent by St Kilda Tin Can Mail; Covers issued for different events – e.g. Opening of Rachel House (CHAS), Pittenweem Festival etc; and the whole display ended with a show of covers connected with Lanarkshire Philatelic Society – these issued each time the Society hosted the Scottish Philatelic Congress.


Mike Cleary led members in giving thanks for such an amazing and interesting display of Scottish postal material.

Our next meeting in St Andrews Parish Church Hall, Avon Street, Hamilton, is on Friday, 20th April, 2012 at 7:30pm when Society member, David Haig, will display "The Boer War".

Anyone with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to attend.