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Mackenzie Island 2022 Island Scenes Sheetlet (4v, 25p to £1, U/M)

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2022 Island Scenes sheetlet from Mackenzie Island, depicting various views from and towards the island.

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2022 Island Scenes sheetlet from Mackenzie Island, depicting views from Portnahaven bay towards Mackenzie Island (25p and 75p values), the view from the island looking north-east (50p), and the view looking westwards, with Orsay lighthouse in the distance (£1).

For the same stamps in individual rather than sheetlet format see here.

U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.

About Mackenzie Island

Mackenzie Island (or Eilean Mhic Coinnich in Gaelic) is a small (43-acre) island off the tip of the Rinns of Islay. Presently uninhabited, the island lies about 200 metres across the sea from the village of Portnahaven, and is a haven for seals and other wildlife, including greylag geese and Arctic terns.

Put up for sale in 2010, the island was eventually bought by for £55,000 in 2012 by Piers Casimir-Mrowczynski, an IT teacher from St Albans, who was already a regular visitor to Islay. Mr Casimir-Mrowczynski bought Mackenzie Island to be his final resting place - where he can be buried with his wife when the time comes - but also with the intention of preserving the island's undeveloped status. 

In 2021, Mr Casimir-Mrowczynski approached the creators of Islay's Cinderella stamp issues to ask if they would be interested in producing a set of stamps for Mackenzie Island. They agreed to do so, and the first stamps that they designed - issued in January 2022 - feature (in three cases) photographs provided by Mr Casimir-Mrowczynski, who made the final decision on the choice of images.

In agreement with Mr Casimir-Mrowczynski, money raised from the sale of Mackenzie Island's stamps will be donated to the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

The labels are obviously a Cinderella issue with no local postal function, but are rather intended to generate money for a good cause and help raise the profile of Mackenzie Island. Already, they have more kudos than many other stamps bearing the names of various Scottish islands, in that they are at least commissioned and authorised by the island's owner!

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