Sunday, 2 October 2011

Crown Dependencies - Sunday Stamps from Europe

With so many European countries and and stamps to choose from I have decided to remain close to home. However I have never visited the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man. Conveniently their stamps are all on one page in my album.
Guernsey, Jersey & the Isle of Man
Guernsey and Jersey are in the Channel Islands between England and France. A bailiwick is a territory governed by a baliff. Both Guernsey and Jersey are bailiwicks, each covering a collection of smaller Channel Islands.

The Isle of Man is situated in the Irish Sea between the United Kingdom and Ireland. The island's parliament, called the Tynwald, is said to be the world's oldest continuous parliament dating from AD 979, or earlier. Its symbol shown on its stamps is a triskelion - three legs joined at the thigh. The triskelion is reflected in the island's Latin motto, 'Quocunque jeceris stabit,'  or 'whichever way you throw it, it will stand.'
IOM's triskelion - The Three-Legs-Of-Man
(by MartyIOM)

For more European  stamps please visit Viridian's Sunday Stamps 38

11 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob ... I love seeing the pictures of your stamps .. and the history behind the Isle of Man's Triskelion .. great picture.

Bailiwick of Guernsey I see ... and other fascinating information pictorially represented ..

Hope your weather is as nice as ours is down here?

Cheers Hilary

lostforwords101 said...

Guernsey is an alien name of a place for me...first time to hear it.

Now I am curious on how a man w/ three legs can walk/run... Just my imaginative mind! Have a great week ahead!

Joy said...

I always like the Isle of Man stamps but like you only have a few.

Lisa B said...

Nice examples of the stamps, I'd never thought about the meaning of 'Balliwick', so thanks for that, now all I need is for it to come up in some cryptic crossword ;)

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I have several stamp cards from Guernsey - but none of these. I rather like the little soldier. :)

viridian said...

great stamps - thanks for participating. More Europe next week!

Postcardy said...

Thanks for an informative post. I didn't know where those islands were, and never even heard of a triskelion

Mike Burnett said...

Fascinating Bob, shows things we do not normally notice.

I've never quite been able to get my head round the Triskelion - in fact the example you show makes me feel decidedly uncomfortable.

Dorincard said...

Very exotic, for us, stamps and lands!
You wrote twice balliwick, but I'm sure you wanted to write bailiwick. :)
Fascinating history!

TICKLEBEAR said...

i always found the triskelion to be a fascinating emblem. to see it here enlarged makes me even more appreciative of the details.
:)~
HUGZ

Bob Scotney said...

@ Dorincard
Thanks for pointing out my typos; my eyes ('is') are not what they used to be! No excuse really as it's clear enough on the stamps.