The First Handstamps  

Here we look at the first handstamps issued to the post towns of Lanarkshire before the introduction of mileage marks in 1808.

Prior to 1808 there were nine post towns in the county, some dates of opening are unknown and dates are taken from a list of Scottish post towns made in 1715, others are dated from available postal material. Below is a list of the Post Towns and their early handstamps, arranged by their date of opening. Catalogue numbers are from "Postal Markings of Scotland to 1840" published by the Scottish Postal History Society 1995.

Illustrations are not actual size or to scale.

Hamilton - opened by 1715

 

LK92 known used  28 Aug. 1738 to 29 Sept. 1775

LK94 known used  May 1777 to 28 June 1804

 

LK96 known used 1793 to 17 April 1799

 

 

LK98 known used 5 May 1800 to 9 Dec 1805

Biggar - opened by 1715

 

    

LK22 known used 1793 to 1805

 

Lanark - opened by 1738

 

LK160 known used 1750 to 27 Jun 1771

 

LK162 known used 9 Nov 1785 to 1806

 

Douglas - opened by 1757

 

    

Lk66 known used 27 Sept 1760 to 15 Sept 1775

 

Carnwath - opened  c1786-87

 

     

LK52 known used 12 Sept 1791 to 1806

 

Douglas Mill - opened 1793

 

   

LK82 known used 13 Dec 1803 to 1807

 

Airdrie - opened by 9th June 1800

 

   

LK3 known used 1800 to 2 Feb 1807

 

Holytown - opened by 1802

 

    

LK140a known used 16 Feb 1807

LK140b late use 28 Aug 1817

 

Wilsontown - opened 23 June 1805 closed 8 February 1833

 

LK238 known used 3 May 1806 to 1807

 

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