What is an Antiquary or Antiquarian?

An antiquary or antiquarian (from the Latin: antiquarius, meaning pertaining to ancient times) is an expert in or student of antiquities and things of the past.

More specifically, the term is used for those who study history with particular attention to ancient artefacts, archaeological and historic sites, or historic archives and manuscripts. Nowadays anyone who is interested in Scotland’s past can apply to join an antiquarian society.

Throughout the Society’s own history many notable people have been Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and some of the Society’s famous Fellows are listed here on the website.

If you are interested in joining this antiquarian Society please visit the Join Us page of the website.

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