John Alexander Tilleard

John Alexander Tilleard

John Alexander Tilleard

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John Alexander Tilleard (born circa 1850, died 22 September 1913) was a British solicitor and the philatelist who helped King George V to constitute his collection, known as the Royal Philatelic Collection.


John Tilleard was a solicitor of the City of London. He spent his free times to collect stamps and study philately. He was a specialist of stamps issued by the Prince Edward Island and the British India. About the latter, he wrote Notes on the De La Rue Series of Adhesive Postage Stamps and Telegraph Stamps of India published in 1896. in the Who Was Who?, British Philatelic Trust, updated 9 October 2003, retrieved on 5 November 2007.

Member of the Philatelic Society, London, he served as honorary secretary from 1894 to 1913. He permitted the participation of two philatelist princes to the Society : Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, brother of future King Edward VII, elected honorary president in 1890, and Alfred's nephew George, Duke of York.

On the Duke of Edinburgh's initiative, Tilleard met the Duke of York on 28 February 1893.Date from Prince George's diary, quoted in Nicholas Courtney (2004). The Queen's Stamps, page 41. He accepted to become George's advisor to help manage his stamp collection. Tilleard sold his own stamps to have for main philatelic purpose stamp sales and philatelic exhibitions of the Prince's collection. These activities occupied long...
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