Welcome to the homepage of the Scottish Postal History Society!

The Society was founded in 1978 for the study of Scottish Postal History in all its aspects, from the earliest times to the present day. Our aim is to help everyone, whether an internationally renowned postal historian, a dealer, or a relative beginner, to enjoy and better understand the rich diversity of Scotland's postal services past and present. To that end we are an active society with a range of interests both social and philatelic, and with a world-wide membership. Members actively promote the hobby through local and national organisations, by providing displays to interested societies, or by publishing the results of their research. Members join for many reasons, often simply to keep in touch with events and the latest information through the award winning journal The Scottish Post. Whatever your interests or level of expertise, you will find a warm welcome in the Society.

About Us

The Society has approximately 200 Members worldwide and regular contact with all Members is maintained through the quarterly Journal, The Scottish Post. In addition, regular meetings are held throughout the year. These include  Winter (February) and Autumn (October) meetings at Dunblane, where invited speakers give presentations. These meetings also include the opportunity for Members to give a short display (10-20 sheets) of some of their collecting interests. An Annual Conference and AGM Weekend is held in the early Spring, usually towards the end of March. The venue for the annual conference has been in Perth, Ayr and Crieff in recent years. It will be held in Dundee in 2010. Delegates usually gather on the Friday evening for an informal dinner. Saturday brings two Plenary Sessions from invited speakers, intermingled with Members displays, and a dealers and Members Bourse. The Conference Dinner is held on the Saturday evening, which is followed by social gathering. Sunday morning is the time for the Conference Auction followed by the AGM. The Afternoon session is devoted to a competition for The Jimmy Gall Trophy, a further session of Members displays, then it's the high or low roads home! 

Applications for membership are welcomed. Subscriptions are currently £10 GB pounds sterling per year for residents of the United Kingdom & Europe  and £12 GB pounds sterling for all other applicants. This includes 4 issues of the Scottish Post, by airmail for worldwide members and access to all auctions. Arrangements can be made to pay through Paypal for European and worldwide members but an additional charge would be made to cover fees incurred.

As a Society we do not undertake valuations of stamp collections.  

Latest News

The Society's Publications Committee has embarked on a mission to publish books on Scottish Postal History. The latest books are listed below. Enquires welcome from non-members. The full list can be found by clicking the link on the menu.

Fife and Kinross Postal History by William Cochrane.

Postal History of Scotland to 1840   Edinburgh  and Leith by Stephen Parkin

Postal History of Berwick  by David Foster

Postal History of West Lothian by William Cochrane

Postal History of Perth  by Dr. Jim Grant

The publications committee can be reached at the following email address if you wish to order any books or are thinking of publishing a book on Scottish Postal History - publications@sphs.org.uk

We now have a new hosting package. This means we can offer all SPHS members their own email address @sphs.org.uk. If you want one of these highly desirable email accounts please contact the webmaster ( webmaster@sphs.org.uk ) with your preferred email address. Your account will usually be setup within 24 hours.

There is now a link to access your SPHS email account on the home page menu.

Thanks to Lyn Robinson we now have an index to articles published in the journal "The Scottish Post". This is available to download or view on the "Society Journal" page of this website.  

Meetings and Forthcoming Events

Non-members are welcome to attend Society meetings but please email in advance as we need to confirm numbers for catering. There is usually a charge for tea/coffee/biscuits and lunch where available.

SPHS regional meeting at Billingham,  24th September 2016.  Invited displays will be Max Smith "India - the Scottish Connection", Malcolm Fenning  "19th Century Letters - The Contents" and Dr Ian Evans  "Glasgow Exhibitions" plus members 1 or 2 frame displays. Another very successful meeting, the invited displays were excellent and member brought along equally interesting material.

STAMP & POSTCARD FESTIVAL, Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland  1 October 2016. South-West Scotland Philatelic Societies are holding their annual Stamp and Postcard Festival on Saturday 1st October 2016. Members of the public, collectors and non-collectors alike are invited along to a warm welcome at the event being held at Prestwick Community Centre, Caerlaverock Road, PRESTWICK, Ayrshire, KA9 1HR. from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free, refreshments will be available, and there is plenty of free parking. Dealers from across Scotland will be present with their stocks of stamps, postcards and accessories. Junior collectors are greatly encouraged and there will be an activity room for young collectors, with stamp-related activities, displays and demonstrations. Why not bring the children or grandchildren! Further details can be obtained on 01294 276990.

SPHS/SPH Joint meeting 7th - 9th October 2016. King's Manor Hotel, 100 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH15 2NP. Click here for details of the program for the weekend. Contact the Secretary if you wish to book a room at the hotel.

SCOTEX 14th - 15th October 2016 -  Dewars Centre, Perth, Scotland. Annual dealers fair.

SPHS Winter/Spring Meeting at Dunblane Golf Club 2016/17.  10am coffee and tea served on arrival. Invited displays in the morning. There will be the usual members' displays before lunch and after the final afternoon display. Lunch in the club at 12.30pm. Non members welcome email in advance. Details to be announced

SPHS  AGM - 31st March -2nd April 2017. King's Manor Hotel, 100 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH15 2NP. On Saturday  there will be a bourse, plus invited displays to be announced. Sunday we will have the Auction, the AGM and after lunch the Jimmy Gall Trophy and member displays. Details to be announced and will be sent with the "Scottish Post".

ASPS Congress 21st - 22nd April 2017,  Dewars Centre, Perth. As a member of the SPHS you can submit an entry to the National Exhibition (Competition). Entry forms and rules etc available from ASPS website, there's a link on the menu above.


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