"Regional" stamps for Scotland
The Scottish Committee under the Lord Lyon King of Arms suggested that heraldic symbols should be used in the designs.
- Crowned Thistle (Scottish Crown)
- Saltire (may be environed of an open crown)
- Lion Rampant (in a tressured shield)
- Sejeant lion (on or off a crown or part of him holding both sword & sceptre)
- Unicorn (Crowned, may be collared and chained)
- Any or all of the Honours of Scotland (Regalia with crown, sword, sceptre and cushion if desired)
Also suggested were Pictish or Celtic symbols and designs, and the national floral emblem of the thistle.
A remarkable 12 artists were proposed by the Committee to work on the designs, all Scottish. They were:
- Roy Benzies
- John B Fleming
- Gordon F Huntly
- George Mackie
- Conrad T McKenna
- Mrs Elizabeth Odling
- G W Lennox Paterson
- Barrie Stuart
- Archie B Imrie
- John Pottinger
- William McLaren
- Len Fullerton
Care was taken that they were balanced between Glasgow and Edinburgh art schools and elsewhere in Scotland. Some 47 designs were submitted, the highest total of all the regions.
The inclusion of the Scottish crown in designs was to cause problems. It conflicted with the fact The Queen was already wearing the diadem in the Wilding photograph. In Imrie's accepted design the Scottish Crown was replaced by the Royal Cypher E R.
Essays were produced from four designs by Fleming, Huntly, Imrie and McLaren and these were recommended, with that by McLaren as the reserve. The first choices were later approved by The Queen.
To prevent protests, the existing watermark including the English Royal Cypher "E 2 R" was replaced by a new stylised crown watermark with no cypher.
- 1958 Stamps for Scotland
Unadopted design by John B. Fleming
Unadopted design by A.B. Imrie
Unadopted design by William McLaren
Design by G.W. Lennox Patterson
Unadopted design by Don Pottinger
Essay of design by William McLaren
Issued 3d stamp
Issued 6d stamp