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 first 6 Books are listed below. Enquires welcome from non-members.

No. 1 - Wilson's of Bannockburn by Roy Erskine.

No. 2 - Manuscript Town markings on Early Scottish Mail by Rex Clark.

No. 3 - Glasgow Penny Post by Bill Cochrane.

No. 4 - The Postal History of Elgin by Don Hilditch.

No. 5 - The Postal History of Edinburgh by Stephen Parkin

No. 6 -  Fife and Kinross Postal History by Bill Cochrane.

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.  

SPHS regional meeting at Billingham, 26th September 2015, we had another very successful meeting with over 20 members present, fine invited displays and members 1 or 2 frame displays. Thanks to Bill Shand and his wife for arranging the meeting and we look forward to next year.

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.

SPHS Meeting at Dunblane Golf Club Sunday 8th November 2015.  10am coffee and tea served on arrival. Invited displays in the morning James Crawford "Tristan da Cunha" , Dr David Woolley "Newspapers and the Post part 4" and in the afternoon Dr Stewart Gardiner "North America". 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.

 SPHS  AGM - 18th-20th March 2016. King's Manor Hotel, 100 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH15 2NP. On Saturday 19th there will be a bourse, plus invited displays to be announced. Sunday 20th we will have the Auction, the AGM and after lunch the Jimmy Gall Trophy and member displays. Details sent with latest "Scottish Post"..

ASPS Congress 21st - 22nd April 2016,  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.


Home | Society Journal | Society Auction | Competition | Miscellaneous Items | Resources | Members Interests | Contact us