Set of three Islay Cinderella stamps, produced in 2019, depicting the island’s war memorials.
The first stamp shows the American Monument on the Mull of Oa – a tribute to those who were lost in the shipping disasters of 1918. The second features the Port Ellen war memorial, and the third depicts the monument to the fallen from the parish of Kilchoman, just outside Port Charlotte.
U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.
Islay is an island (population 3,228) in the Inner Hebrides, approximately 20 miles from the coast of mainland Scotland. It is also 25 miles from the coast of Northern Ireland. Islay is famous for its whisky as well as for being home to many bird species, including wintering geese. Until 1493, Islay was part of the Lordship of the Isles, whose capital was based at Finlaggan Castle.
In November 2017, the island’s first local stamps were issued to commemorate 250 years since the building of the Round Church in the village of Bowmore, and were issued partly to raise money for the Church of Scotland. Four further issues appeared during 2018, and several new sets were produced each year until the final issue in 2021.
The stamps are Cinderellas with no postal function, but are labels designed to accompany standard Royal Mail postage stamps on mail for the UK mainland. Used examples can be found on cover bearing a dated “Bowmore – Bogh Mor” postmark.
Though the stamps are essentially fantasy issues, there is a strong local angle in that they are designed and produced by a former island resident, all relate to aspects of island life, and feature original photographs or artwork.