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90th Scottish Annual Congress

12th - 13th April 2019 at the Dewars Centre, Perth

Hosts: Largs & District Stamp Club

The 90th Congress was held by the Association of Scottish Philatelic Societies in Perth during the 12th and 13th April where Largs & District Stamp Club were the host society for the two days, and Robert Watt presided as President.

As hosts for the event Largs & District Stamp Club have produced a Cover, Postcard and a Miniature Sheet to mark the event.

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The design commemorates James Watt (1736 - 1819), born in Greenock, the inventor of the document copier.


The front features William Fife Jnr (1857 - 1944), and the yacht Latifa. The family firm operated from a shipyard initially on the beach at Fairlie. Durinmg his life he designed over 600 yachts.

Miniature Sheet:

A set of 9 labels commemorating William Fife III and depicting some of the yachts built at Fairlie shipyards.


35 dealers of postage stamps, postal history and accessories attended the exhibition from all over the UK.

There were 263 frames of exhibits on display, both competitive and non-competitive:
168 Competitive frames for both the ASPS (40) and ABPS (128) Competitions.
60 Frames from the Host Society
14 Frames of exhibits from other societies
10 Frames for the Tom Rielly Display and
11 frames for the Open competition

Tom Rielly Display:

On Friday night the Tom Rielly display was given by Jean Osborne of Falkirk & District Philatelic Society with a display entitled 'GB non-philatelic exhibitions'.
Details of the display can be found in the Tom Rielly section of the website or by clicking here.

Civic Reception & Congress Dinner:

Following the Tom Rielly display a civic reception was provided by the Provost of Perth & Kinross Council which was then followed by the Congress Dinner. A thoroughly entertaining after dinner speech was given by our Guest of Honour, ABPS Preident Bill Hedley and the evening was rounded off when the Scottish Congress competition winners were awarded their trophies, which was followed by the awards of Association honours for services to philately.
The trophy winners can be viewed on the palmares pages of the website or by clicking here.

Association Awards:

Book of Scottish Philately:

This year the association awarded its highest honour to Francis Podger FRPSL from the Dundee & District Philatelic Society for his advancement and promotion of the study of Revenue stamps.

McConnell Medal:

The association presented the McConnell Medal to Willie King of Largs & District Stamp Club for his many years service to Scottish Philately.

Award of Merit:

This year there were two recipients of an ASPS Award of Merit, Ron Goodfellow from Dundee & District Philatelic Society and Sandie Robb, the ASPS Development Officer.

Election of New President:

At the AGM held on Saturday 13st April delegates elected Colin Caskie from Perth Philatelic Society to become President of ASPS and Douglas Irving from Kirkcudbright Philatlic Society as the new Vice President.
Below is a picture of outgoing President Robert Watt (on the right) handing over the chain of office to Colin Caskie.

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