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James L. Grimwood-Taylor RDP

James Grimwood-Taylor

An invitation to sign the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists is the highest and most prestigious honour in philately, which recognises achievement, research, publication and service in many areas of philately. At the annual meeting of the Board of Election of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists on 5th March 2020 it was unanimously agreed that James Grimwood-Taylor should be invited to sign the Roll.

Generally accepted as one of the most knowledgeable individuals on the subject of pre-20th century British postal history, James has been active in philately from a young age and has held a number of senior positions, including President of the Great Britain Philatelic Society and President of the Society of Postal Historians. He has collected a wide range of subjects, including the British postal reforms led by Rowland Hill, postal history of the British Offshore islands, the postal history of Derbyshire, and New South Wales overseas mails, receiving many high awards at exhibition. His recent researches into postal reforms across the globe up to 1850 covers every continent and is the subject of a major book International Postal Reforms to 1850 to be published by The Royal Philatelic Society London in the spring of 2020.

James has always given freely of his knowledge both to researchers and to other collectors and he is the author of numerous articles. His displays to societies around the globe are notable for their erudition, originality and humour.

James owned and managed Cavendish Philatelic Auctions Ltd. for over 25 years and still plays a vital role as a Senior Describer. All at Cavendish congratulate him on achieving this much deserved recognition for his contributions to Philately.

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the other philatelists who are being honoured this year, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Roll: John Barwis RDP, Michael Ho RDP, Yamil Kouri RDP, and Charles Verge RDP.