Edinburgh (GB)

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Edinburgh; Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Èideann is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 local government council areas. Located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth's southern shore, it is Scotland's second most populous city and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom.

Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland.Although Edinburgh's traditional industries of printing, brewing and distilling continued to grow in the 19th century, and were joined by new rubber works and engineering works, there was little industrialisation compared with other cities in Britain. By 1821, Edinburgh had been overtaken by Glasgow as Scotland's largest city. The city centre between Princes Street and George Street became a major commercial and shopping district, a development partly stimulated by the arrival of railways in the 1840s. The Old Town became an increasingly dilapidated, overcrowded slum with high mortality rates. Improvements carried out under Lord Provost William Chambers in the 1860s began the transformation of the area into the predominantly Victorian Old Town seen today. More improvements followed in the early 20th century as a result of the work of Patrick Geddes, but relative economic stagnation during the two world wars and beyond saw the Old Town deteriorate further before major slum clearance in the 1960s and 1970s began to reverse the process. University building developments which transformed the George Square and Potterrow areas proved highly controversial.

Postmark Examples[edit]

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Posted at sea, Edinburgh receiving cancel on a Island stamp

Cover Examples[edit]

1821 entire letter to Edinburgh with a manuscript Pd 1 1/2, a MONTROSE boxed mileage mark (larger type), and a boxed "Paid in the Country" which was applied on arrival.
Edinburgh Brunswick Star cancel on cover 1864
1858 2d Blue cover Plate 6 perf 14 LC on cover with the experimental roller cancel of Edinburgh (with vertical lines type).
Reverse of 1858 2d Blue cover with Stirling double arc receiver and Edinburgh "Posted Since 7.20 Last Night" instructional mark to signify why it was later than expected.
1857 1d Red on cover with the experimental roller cancel of Edinburgh (without vertical lines type), sent to Cromarty in the highlands via Inverness
Reverse of 1857 1d Red cover to Cromarty via Inverness

Incoming Ship Mail[edit]

Incoming ship mail from an Icelandic boat cancelled on arrival in port in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Whisky Stamps[edit]

£5 Orange with faked Edinburgh cancel on top of SPECIMEN