below are parts of a collection of The Postal History of the Kingdom of
Carrick. The collection whose earliest piece is dated 1697 spans all the postal markings and offices of Carrick
through to the present day. An exhibit of this collection was shown at
Glasgow in November of 2000 by its owner Tom Fowler, former resident of
Maybole. The display was awarded a Silver Medal. The images and text below generously contributed by
Tom Fowler . See also these
postcards and other items.
Kingdom of Carrick consists the southern area of Ayrshire in Scotland. The area
which is mostly rural has its traditional capital in Maybole and Culzean Castle
as the home of the Ailsa family and the Earl of Cassillis.
postal development can be attributed to the fact that the area was on the postal
route from Glasgow to Portpatrick. Portpatrick was important due to the shipping
links to Donhaghadee in Ireland. The early posts were carried by the carrier
system which consisted in the main of private contractors. There is evidence
that one or more were based at the Kings Arms Hotel.
postal history of the area can logically be split between Maybole, Girvan and
Ballantrae. All had sub offices serving them, Penny Posts and were issued
through the years with the complete set of postal markings. Through the years
offices have opened and closed and postal markings changed until finally the
indignity of a Glasgow postmark on mail originating in Carrick has brought us up
to date. Maybole had five village sub
offices, Girvan two and Ballantrae had two.
illustrations below are of Maybole only but the complete display runs to
hundreds of sheets.
Click on the images
below for a full page view of them
1 - Letter written to Ayr on 10th August 1697 at Ballachbroe by Thomas
Kilhart. The letter has no postal markings.
3 - Letter from A Ferguson of Kilkerran, on 29 August 1778, to Thomas
Stewart, secretary of the Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh. Postal Marking;
Maybole , Type 2, 1778 - 1807. Letter carries no postal rate markings.
2 - Letter from John Bryce to Ayr on 27 February 1769. Postal Marking ;
Maybole, Type 1, 1746 - 1769. The script 2 is for the single letter rate
under 50 miles by the 1711 act.
4 - Letter from Mary Benning of Machramore, on 12 June 1808, to T
McLellan at Ayr. Postal
Marking; Maybole Circular Mileage Mark 449G, 1808 to 1818. Script 4 for
single rate less than 15 miles. (The mileage 449 is the calculated
distance between Maybole and London, the G denotes the calculation is
made via Glasgow.)
5 - Letter from N Blair of Blairquhan nr Straiton to Mr Agnew of
Stewarton. Postal Marking Maybole Penny Post two line mark, 1831 - 1840
plus boxed Additional 1/2 Tax mark. During the Penny Post the Maybole
sub offices were Crosshill, Dailly, Kirkmichael and Straiton. (
Since the mail coaches and post riders were exempt from toll charges the
turnpike trust agitated in parliament to repeal the law which denied
them revenue. The Act passed in 1813 applied only to Scotland which
allowed the Post Office to levy an extra 1/2 penny tax on mail carried
in vehicles with more that two wheels.)
6 - Block of four 2d Blue adhesives with the 243 cancel of Maybole. Each
post office was issued with a number on an alphabetical basis.
Ballantrae is 33 and Girvan 158.
7 - Letter from Mr Rodger , on 15 April 1841, to John Wilson, Writer,
Ayr. Cover bears an indistinct Maltese Cross canceller cancelling a
plate 8 Penny Black.