Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

About this Organisation

Founded in 1780 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1783, the Society’s purpose is “to investigate both antiquities and natural and civil history in general, with the intention that the talents of mankind should be cultivated and that the study of natural and useful sciences should be promoted”.

Two hundred years on we continue to promote the understanding and conservation of Scotland’s historical and archaeological environment for the benefit of all.

Today we are an independent charity stimulating discussion and collaboration and supporting research.



Organisation Type

Directory of Resources


National Museums Scotland
Chambers Street
Entry last updated: April 25th, 2018

Resources Available

Title Description Type
Free Online Resources

The Society holds free to access online lectures, book reviews and consultation responses that cover all aspects of Scotland's past.

A full search facility is available to help in your search.

Secondary, Online/Digitised, Oral, Sound, Images/Photographs, Film, Meetings/Events
Research and Projects Summaries

The Society hosts free to view online short summaries of research and projects undertaken with Society funding.

Secondary, Online/Digitised, Images/Photographs, Artefacts
Online Publications

The Society holds a variety of free to access online publication resources, including books, the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (PSAS) and Scottish Archaeological Internet reports (SAIR).

The majority except the last two years of the PSAS are Open Access and free to view.

Primary, Online/Digitised

Please note that links to websites and catalogues are provided by the Organisations listed and not maintained by Scottish Local History Forum.