Welcome to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland


This Society pursues the study of the antiquities and history of Scotland through various means, including high-quality publications, lectures, local, national and international conferences, workshops and seminars, and by providing prizes, grants and other awards.
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Our History

We are the oldest antiquarian society in Scotland, founded in 1780 by David Steuart Erskine, the 11th Earl of Buchan (1742-1829). The Society was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1783.

Members of the Society have been known as Fellows since 1823, and we have thousands of Fellows across the world.

The Society is a charitable organisation registered in Scotland whose purpose is set out in the first of its Laws: "...the study of the antiquities and history of Scotland, more especially by means of archaeological research."  To this end the Society will promote the research, understanding and conservation of the archaeological and historic environment of Scotland for the benefit of all. It will actively support research in the field and advocate good practice. It will promote the results of its research and that of others to the widest possible audience.

As a charitable Society we are governed by a voluntary Council and the day-to-day organisation and running of the Society is carried out by dedicated full and part time staff.

The Society has a thriving Aberdeen and North-East Section.

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Latest Publications

Remember Now Thy Creator: Scottish Girls' Samplers, 1700-1872
Remember Now Thy Creator: Scottish Girls' Samplers, 1700-1872

Author: Naomi E.A. Tarrant

£15.00 Fellows
£20.00 RRP

An Inherited Place: Broxmouth hillfort and the south-east Scottish Iron Age
An Inherited Place: Broxmouth hillfort and the south-east Scottish Iron Age

Author: Ian Armit and Jo McKenzie

£30.00 Fellows
£35.00 RRP

Painting the Town
Painting the Town

Author: E. Patricia Dennison, Stuart Eydmann, Annie Lyell, Michael Lynch and Simon Stronach

£20.00 Fellows
£25.00 RRP

Making for America
Making for America

Author: Multiple Authors

£25.00 Fellows
£30.00 RRP

Late Roman Silver: the Traprain treasure in context
Late Roman Silver: the Traprain treasure in context

Author: Fraser Hunter and Kenneth Painter

£45.00 Fellows
£50.00 RRP

The Antiquarian Rediscovery of the Antonine Wall
The Antiquarian Rediscovery of the Antonine Wall

Author: Lawrence Keppie

£25.00 Fellows
£30.00 RRP

Roman Camps in Scotland
Roman Camps in Scotland

Author: Rebecca H. Jones

£30.00 Fellows
£35.00 RRP

Becoming a
Fellow

You are invited to apply for Fellowship of the Society if you have an interest in the archaeology and history of Scotland.  You will require two sponsors and elections are held on November 30th at the Anniversary Meeting of the Society.  Fellows are entitled to use FSA Scot as a post-nominal.  An application form can be downloaded here.

Buy a Book

Purchase one of our latest publications from the list on the left, or visit our Shop to see a full list of our quality publications, bringing Scotland's past to you.