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His Majesty King Charles III Confirms Patronage

4th June 2024 | Categories: Appointments

In May 2024, we received news that His Majesty King Charles III has chosen to continue the monarch’s patronage of the Society following his accession to the throne. Our Royal Charter was first granted to the Society on 6 May 1783 by King George III stating:

“And We, considering the laudable intentions of the petitioners and being desirous of promoting so useful an institution, have therefore erected, created and incorporated inasmuch as We by Our royal prerogative and special favour, on Our own behalf and on behalf of Our royal successors, by these present letters patent, do erect, create and incorporate, on account of the purposes set out in the memorial of the petition, all and individually the present members of the said Society, and all who may be later added as members of the same, into one body corporate and politic, by the title and name of Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, instituted in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty, of which Society We declare Ourself and Our royal successors to be Patrons”.


King Charles continues this 241-year tradition and is also an Honorary Fellow of the Society, elected in 1980 for his active interest in heritage matters as a person “eminent in any branch of antiquarian study, who must be recommended by the Council and elected in the same way as Fellows”. This continuation of royal support as patron reaffirms His Majesty’s commitment to our work as the preeminent learned heritage Society in Scotland.

Did you know that our unique silver pin badges were inspired by the Society seal as described in our royal charter? Handmade by a Scottish silversmith, their production was supported by a grant from the Patron’s Fund in 2017 and are available to purchase from our online shop.

Society silver pin badge in the making

The Society silver pin badge in the making

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