Thursday, 13 August 2015

SCOTLAND ( ALBA)

Scotland ( Scottish Gaelic: Alba ) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It shares a border with England to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the south-west. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
Edinburgh, the country's capital and second-largest city, was the hub of the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century, which transformed Scotland into one of the commercial, intellectual, and industrial powerhouses of Europe. Glasgow, Scotland's largest city,  was once one of the world's leading industrial cities and now lies at the centre of the Greater Glasgow conurbation. Scottish waters consist of a large sector of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, containing the largest oil reserves in the European Union. This has given Aberdeen, the third-largest city in Scotland, the title of Europe's oil capital.

My first covers from Scotland with Scottish regional stamps. My good friend Iain helped me to get these perfect covers . He went to the post office and requested to get hand cancellation in the perfect way. Previously Royal Mail issued Queen's Head definitive stamps for UK regions with their coat of arms, now they issue regular plain design only. I collected such past issues and prepared a cover . I have done similar ones with Wales and Northern Ireland too. 

I also tried to make a cover with definitive stamps of all regions of Great Britain. I tried the same from n.Ireland and Wales, got it successfully cancelled by the help of my good friends Laura and David. from the left side, first one is England region ( now a days all the Queen's head definitive stamps for all regions look as this) second one is Wales region with Wales Coat of Arm, Third one is N.Ireland Region with their coat of arm, fourth one is Isle of Man coat of arm ( now Channel Islands has own postal administrations) and the last one is Scotland with Scottish coat of arm.

This is another cover from Scotland with the name of the country 'Scotland'. You can see the names written on the stamps. Thank You Iain for the perfect covers specially done for me with clear postmarks.

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