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Captain John Quilliam RN – Manx Hero, Favourite of Fortune Signed Collection

This stamp collection is named after the book Favourite of Fortune, Captain John Quilliam, Hero of Trafalgar which was co-written by issue text writer Frank Cowin. We are pleased to present this exquisite collection of the book signed by Cowin and special cover signed by the stamp designer Colleen Corlett. The collection is a limited edition of just 50 and as it is issued with a special postmark for Trafalgar Day (21st October), it's a must have for any maritime history enthusiast.


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Product Code: ZK95

Product Description
  • This colllection chronicles the life and achievements of one of the Isle of Man’s greatest figures, Captain John Quilliam who was born 250 years ago on 29th September 1771 in the village of Marown. Having served as first lieutenant on the HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, Quilliam’s career at sea tells a fascinating tale of a Manxman’s travels around the world.

    The stamps have been designed by Quilliam Society member and artist Colleen Corlett who brings Quilliam's story to life using utilising photographs, portraits, statues and images of Quilliam memorabilia. Corlett has used a combination of digital and hand-painted content in addition to historical imagery she has included roundels on each stamp which are a mixture of portraits and relevant medallions and coins. The issue text has been written by Frank Cowin, who, alongside Andrew Bond and Andrew Lambert, is the co-author of Favourite of Fortune, Captain John Quilliam, Hero of Trafalgar, the book for which the collection is named after.

    This collection is a limited edition of 50 and both the book and cover feature a special postmark cancellation marking the anniversary of Trafalgar Day.

    The Story of the Stamps

    • Christened in St Runius & Buried in Arbory - 1st Class Value

    • John Quilliam the Royal Navy & the Ambassador in China - EU Value

    • John Quilliam in the Battle of Camperdown - Large Letter Value 

    • HMS Ethalion takes Thetis & Quilliam is a Rich Man - Rest of the World Value

    • Victory at Trafalgar - USA Value (Featuring a depiction of the stain glass window at Arbory Church which was also designed by Colleen Corlett)

    • John Quilliam MHK & Balcony House Castletown - EU Large Letter Value

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