Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
"Lanarkshire Postal History"
Mr. Terence Woods
of the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society viewed a truly fantastic display at their
meeting on Friday, 12th February.
The speaker was our
& past president, Terry Woods of
Hamilton who is a known expert in the Postal History of Lanarkshire.
began with Privately carried letters – 1666 Biggar to Edinburgh and one from
1703 Lanark to Biggar. At this time it was mainly people of influence who could
afford to send letters – eg the Duke of Argyll, the Duke of Hamilton,
1740 a letter had the name Hamilton stamped on it and from thereon letters
gradually bore the name of the posting source.
In 1785 was the first known name stamp of Lanerk (later this became
this time letters were delivered by a carrier on horseback and later by
1801 a mileage mark was applied to the letter as it cost more – 5d - to send
one 30 – 50 miles.
was a great display of the "first known" name stamps for Holytown,
Wilsontown, Douglas, Biggar, Lesmahago (no ‘w’), Shotts, Stonehouse, Wishaw
and Abington. Sometimes
the legend "Too late" was applied – this being letters that missed
the post that was picked up only twice a week.
was not unknown even back then for letters to be "missent"!
One example was that of a letter sent from Campbeltown to Carnwath –
missent to Lanark.
1840, the first postage stamps appeared – bearing an illustration of the head
of Queen Victoria – and this led to postmarks being used to cancel the stamp.
This began with an "obliteration mark" – a series of black
lines – and later the Maltese Cross cancel appeared – followed by postmarks
bearing a number identifying the post office it was posted at.
the second round, Terry concentrated on the towns and villages in the districts
surrounding Airdrie and Strathaven.
Postmarks through the years were displayed from the post offices, as were
examples of Registered Mail and Parcel Post. Members
also enjoyed seeing the photographs of many village post offices eg
Rawyards, Greengairs, Clarkston & Caldercruix in the Airdrie area
along with Glassford, Chapelton, Caldermill, Sandford & Drumclog in the
Strathaven area. Some of
these have now disappeared.
Brian Dow, in giving thanks to Terry Woods,
said that altogether
this had proved a fascinating evening as all explored the Postal History of this
area Lanarkshire – and indicated that there is much more to come!
Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is next Friday, 4th March, 2016, at 7:30pm when another of our members, Chris Moffat will give his display of "David Livingstone".
Anyone with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very
welcome to attend.