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Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1877

Botanical Society of Scotland

Founded in 1836 as the Botanical Society of Edinburgh. The current name was adopted in 1991. It incorporates the Cryptogamic Society of Scotland, founded in 1875, and therefore by encouraging the study of non-flowering as well as flowering plants is unique among British botanical societies.

Campbell University, North Carolina, US

Founded in 1887 by James Archibald Campbell, initially as a community school, then following a number of transitions gained    university status in 1979.


Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, US.

Formed by merger of Carnegie Institute of Technology, founded by Scottish industrialist  Andrew Carnegie in 1900, and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, founded in 1913 by Andrew and Richard Mellon.

Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland

Founded in 1875, and now trading as the Chartered Banker Institute, it is the oldest professional organisation for bankers in the world. It is the only professional body entitled to make the award of Chartered Banker.

Cryptogamic Society of Scotland (CSS)

Founded 1875, and later incorporated into the Botanical Society of Scotland.

Dalhousie University

Founded in 1818 by George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie, in Nova Scotia, Canada.

David Hume Institute

Edinburgh Based Institute promoting and holding informed debate on public policy.

Edinburgh Abolitionist Society

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

Founded 1785

Edinburgh Ladies Emancipation Society

Edinburgh Mathematical Society

Founded in 1883, it is the leading mathematical society in Scotland.

Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) The oldest teacher’s union in the world.

Founded in 1847 and granted its Royal Charter by Queen Victoria, it is  the only union able to award degrees.

Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland

Founded in 1856 by a group of 38 Scottish actuaries. It became the first actuarial organisation to be granted a Royal Charter and the right to award fellowships (FFA). In May 2010 members voted to merge with the Institute of Actuaries, creating the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and this came to pass on 1st August 2010.

Faculty of Advocates

The faculty has existed since 1532 when the College of Justice was set up by the Scottish parliament, however its origins are believed to be earlier. It is the body for practising advocates.

Glasgow Anti-Slavery Society

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Founded on 1st January 1783 and granted a Royal Charter by George III later that year. The oldest chamber in the English speaking world, having  continuous records since its foundation. Wikipedia states that the three oldest chambers in the UK are Hull founded in 1837, Leeds 1851 and Belfast whose first president wasn’t born until 1849. Several Scottish chambers were founded earlier than those three but perhaps the compiler of that entry was unaware that Scotland was part of the UK.

Glasgow Ladies Auxiliary Emancipation Society

Greenock Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1813 it is one of the oldest chambers in Britain.

Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland

Formed in 1784 to promote the regeneration of rural Scotland, and the preservation of its poetry, language and music.

Historic Environment Scotland

Formed in 2015 by a merger between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS.

Institute of Aquaculture (IoA), University of Stirling

The IoA is world leading institute with over 80 staff and 70 postgraduate students solely focused on research and teaching underpinning aquaculture.

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)

The world’s first professional body of accountants, having received its Royal Charter in 1854. The letters CA are the exclusive privilege of ICAS members in the UK.

Institution of Civil Engineers. (ICE)

The initiative to found the institution was taken in 1818 by three young engineers, however it made little headway until the appointment of Thomas Telford as first president of the body. Greatly respected in his field, and with many contacts within the industry and in government, he was responsible for attracting many new members, and for obtaining a Royal Charter in 1828. ICE was the world’s first professional engineering body.

Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland (IESIS)

A multi-disciplinary professional body and learned society, founded in Scotland for professional engineers in all disciplines.

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