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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.

Cryptogamic Society of Scotland (CSS)

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

Edinburgh Abolitionist Society

Edinburgh Ladies Emancipation Society

Edinburgh Mathematical Society

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

Glasgow Anti-Slavery Society

Glasgow Ladies Auxiliary Emancipation Society

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.

Law Society of Scotland

Established 1949, as the professional governing body for Scottish solicitors.

Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (RCHS)

Founded in 1809 and meets at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinbrugh.

Royal Scottish Arboricultural Society

Founded in 1854. The Royal prefix was added in 1869. The name changed to the Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS) in 1930. The Royal English Arboricultural Society was founded 1882.

Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS)

The RSFS is the premier forestry society in the UK, founded in 1854 as the Arboricultural Society of Scotland. It received its Royal Charter in 1889. Its name and Royal Charter changed to the current in 1930.

Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS)

Founded in Edinburgh in 1884 as the Scottish Geographical Society. Now at Lord John Murray House, Perth.

Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)

Established by Royal Charter 1783. Scotland’s national academy of science and letters.

Saltire Society

The society was established in 1936. Its aims are to celebrate Scottish endeavour and achievement, and promote excellence, particularly in Civil Engineering, Arts, Literature, Architecture, History and Heritage.

Scottish Meteorological Society

Founded in 1855, and financed mainly by land owners who wished to compile meteorological records  with a view to possible agricultural improvements.

Scottish Newspaper Society

The association which represents the Scottish newspaper industry.

Scottish Text Society

Established 1882, Edinburgh. Leading publisher of older Scot’s literature, including poetry.

Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Founded 1780, and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1783. The Society pursues the study of the antiquities and history of Scotland.

Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet (the WS Society)

Solicitors in Scotland were previously known as writers to the signet. Writers to the signet were solicitors entitled to supervise use of the signet (private seal) of the kings of Scotland. Records of that practise date back to 1369. The WS Society was established in 1594. Today the society is an independent professional body of solicitors.

The Ancient Society of Kilwinning Archers.

Founded circa 1483 it then lapsed and reformed again in 1692. It would appear that they were perhaps the earliest society of archers but due to the early lapse they were superceded by the continuous record of the Royal Company of Archers from 1676. Today the Society regularly shoot at the butts and at the Doo of the Papingo, a wooden pidgeon atop a 100 foot tower.

The Scots Language Society

Founded in 1972 to support the Scots language in all its forms.

Scottish Achievement, Influence & Heritage is a work in progress