The Scottish Antiquarian Tradition: Essays to mark the bicentenary of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 1780–1980


A S Bell (ed)


Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, bicentenary, Earl of Buchan, National Museum of Antiquities, National Museum of Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish Archaeology, Scottish history, Scottish heritage, Numismatics, Scottish coinage, William Smellie, David Steuart Erskine, Charter, David Laing, Daniel Wilson

Scotland, United Kingdom


eighteenth century; nineteenth century; twentieth century; modern


For two hundred years the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland has remained a major guardian of the heritage of the nation in its museum and through the long series of publications by its members that record many of the major discoveries about the early history of Scotland. In 1980 the Society celebrated the bicentenary of its foundation by commissioning this series of essays dealing with its history as the premier Scottish archaeological and historical body.


  • David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan
    Founder of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
    Ronald G Cant
  • The Museum, its Beginnings and its Development
    Part 1: to 1858
    R B K Stevenson
  • 'A fine, genial, hearty band'
    David Laing, Daniel Wilson and Scottish Archaeology
    Marinell Ash
  • Scottish Archaeology in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century
    D V Clarke
  • The Museum, its Beginnings and its Development
    Part 2: to 1954
    R B K Stevenson
  • In Piam Veterum Memoriam
    Angus Graham
  • Two Centuries of Scottish Numismatics
    Lord Stewartby
  • The Arms of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
    Charles J Burnett
  • Appendix 1
    The Society's Charter: A Translation
    R B K Stevenson
  • Appendix 2
    Lists of Presidents of the Society, and of Keepers and Directors of the National Museum of Antiquities
    R B K Stevenson


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June 27, 2019


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