Additional Halfpenny Marks

Additional Halfpenny handstamps were issued in Scotland from June 1813 after the repeal of the exemption from Tolls of carriages with more than two wheels carrying mail in Scotland. The Post Office were allowed to make a charge on all letters carried by these mail coaches to recover the cost of the Toll charges and thus each letter was charged an "additional halfpenny". These handstamps were initially issued in Edinburgh and Glasgow in June 1813, then Leith and Paisley were given handstamps in July and October 1813. Rothesay, known used from 1815, was the only other town in Scotland to use a handstamp before 1820. It was not until the mid to late 1820's onwards that handstamps were issued to some of the larger Scottish towns. Hamilton, Lesmahagow and Leadhills are known to have used Additional Halfpenny handstamps from the mid 1830's. A handstamp for Lanark appears in Kirkwood's proof book for June 1837 but its use has not been confirmed, although there was a report of one being found. Below are examples of the known handstamps used in Lanarkshire.


Known used 21 March 1834 to 6 June 1838.

22 June 1835 letter from Hamilton to Glasgow with the Hamilton Additional Halfpenny handstamp.



Known used from 10 August 1837 to 6 November 1839.

A unique double strike of the Lesmahagow boxed half on a letter dated 10 August 1837 being the earliest known use of this Additional Halfpenny handstamp.



Known used from 27 November 1837 to 11 march1839

A letter dated 27 November 1837 from Leadhills to Edinburgh with the earliest known use of this Additional Halfpenny handstamp.