Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Records

Scope and Content

Correspondence, minutes, agendas and circulars and financial records of the Society. Letters and other documents principally concerned with the administration of the Society and its museum and library. These date from its founding in 1780 to 1974. More recent records are held by the Society.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland was founded in 1780 by David Steuart Erskine, the 11th Earl of Buchan (1742-1829) and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1783. 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."

The Society's museum and library collections became National Property in 1858 and formed the basis of the National Museums Scotland collections.

Access Information

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