Welcome to the homepage of the Scottish Postal History Society!

Important Notice - The AGM has been cancelled until further notice as a consequence of the Coronavirus outbreak and to ensure the health and welfare of all.

The SPHS Regional meeting at Billingham 2020 has now also fallen victum to the Covid-19 pandemic and has been cancelled. We hope things will be back to normal next year.

ASPS Congress in Perth has also been cancelled. Details of meetings to be held later in the year will be announced if they are to go ahead. At present it is hoped that the Joint meeting with the SPH in Edinburgh will go ahead in November. Details will be circulated nearer the events.

Another consequence of the coronavirus outbreak is that we are unable to have our journal "The Scottish Post" printed. In order to maintain continuity the journal will be sent by email to all paid up members who have supplied an email address. After the all clear and printing is available the printed journal will be distributed to all who wish copies.

Stephen Parkin, one of our past presidents and a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society, London, recently gave an online talk and display on the Introduction of Uniform Penny Postage with special reference to Edinburgh, to the RPSL. I'm pleased to say that it has been put on to Youtube and I have added the link to it here, there maybe other philatelic items online too.


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 Edinburgh in 2020. 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 £13 GB pounds sterling per year for residents of the United Kingdom & Europe  and £18 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. European and worldwide members are encouraged to take the Journal via email due to very high postal charges. 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. Enquires welcome from non-members. The publications list can be found by clicking the link on the menu.

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 - lyn@myreton.com

The first update to the book Additional Half 1813-1839 by I Baker, D Graham, M Sanig, and B. Shand, is available as a free download on the Society Journal & Publication List page.

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 Winter/Spring Meeting at Dunblane Golf Club February 2020.  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. THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED THIS YEAR DUE TO ELECTRICAL WORK AT THE GOLF CLUB.

SPHS  AGM - 27th - 29th March 2020. King's Manor Hotel, 100 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH15 2NP. This has been cancelled, the Auction will go ahead as a postal auction. Further developments will be announced here and in the "Scottish Post".

ASPS Congress 17th - 18th April 2020. Dewars Centre Perth. This has been cancelled.

SPHS regional meeting at Billingham,   September 2020, 10am - 4pm. At Billingham Bowling Club, John Whitehead Park, Billingham TS23 3DD. Non-members welcome. Tea, Coffee and Lunch will be available, meeting cost 12. Members are also invited to bring an 8 or 16 sheet display. Maps and travel instructions are available from: Bill Shand  01642 656568 This meeting has also been cancelled.

STAMP & POSTCARD FESTIVAL, Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland  3rd October 2020 South-West Scotland Philatelic Societies are holding their annual Stamp and Postcard Festival on Saturday  October 2018. 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! This meeting is Cancelled.

SCOTEX October 2020 Dewars Centre Perth. National dealers fair. This meeting is Cancelled.

SPHS/Society of Postal Historians Joint meeting 23rd - 25th  October 2020. King's Manor Hotel, 100 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH15 2NP. Details of the program for the weekend to be announced in the Scottish Post.   This meeting is Cancelled.



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