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The Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) is an educational charity based in
Perth, Scotland Perth (; sco, Perth; gd, Peairt ) is a city in central Scotland, on the banks of the . It is the of and the historic of . It had a population of about 47,430 in 2018. There has been a settlement at Perth since times. It is a natural moun ...

Perth, Scotland
founded in 1884. The purpose of the society is to advance the subject of
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geography
worldwide, inspire people to learn more about the world around them, and provide a source of reliable and impartial geographical information. The RSGS delivers these core aims by producing a quarterly magazine, an annual programme of Inspiring People talks, a research journal, and a range of other publications. From its base in Perth, the society also operates a volunteer-led visitor centre, hosts an array of international exhibitions each year, and curates an archive dating back to its roots in 1884. In addition, by working with partners around Scotland and further afield, the society encourages the teaching of geography in the curriculum, produces classroom resources for teachers, and facilitates thinking on issues such as climate change, city development and transport infrastructure, amongst many others. Between 1904 and 1905, Sir
Ernest Shackleton Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922) was an Anglo-Irish Anglo-Irish () is a term which was more commonly used in the 19th and early 20th centuries to identify an ethnic group An ethnic group or ethnic ...

Ernest Shackleton
worked as the secretary of the society before starting his career as an antarctic explorer. Sir
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,
Neil Armstrong Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut An astronaut (from the Greek "astron" (ἄστρον), meaning "star", and "nautes" (ναύτης), meaning "sailor") is a person trained, equipp ...

Neil Armstrong
, Sir
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Ranulph Fiennes
, Dame
Freya Stark Dame Freya Madeline Stark (31 January 18939 May 1993), was an Anglo-Italian explorer and travel writer. She wrote more than two dozen books on her travels in the Middle East and Afghanistan as well as several autobiographical works and essays. ...
, Sir
David Attenborough Sir David Frederick Attenborough (; born 8 May 1926) is an English broadcaster, natural historian Natural history is a domain of inquiry involving organism In biology, an organism (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ὀργανισμό ...

David Attenborough
,
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and
Karen Darke Karen Darke, , Royal Scottish Geographical Society, FRSGS (born 25 June 1971) is a British paralympic cyclist, paratriathlete, adventurer and author. She at the 2016 Rio Paralympics winning Gold in the Women's road time trial, following her suc ...
have all received RSGS medals.
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Naomi Klein
,
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James Cameron
and the
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, among others, have written for their magazine. Since 2009, the society has been housed within Lord John Murray House in Perth; the society's visitor centre is next door in the Fair Maid's House, the oldest secular building in the city. The society was formerly based in the
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from 1994 to 2008, and before that at 10 Randolph Crescent in
Edinburgh Edinburgh (; sco, Edinburgh; gd, Dùn Èideann ) is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 Council areas of Scotland, council areas. Historically part of the county of Midlothian (interchangeably Edinburghshire before 1921), it is ...

Edinburgh
.


History

The originator of the idea for a national society of geography in Scotland was
John George Bartholomew John George Bartholomew (22 March 1860 – 14 April 1920) was a Scottish cartography, cartographer and geographer. As a holder of a Royal Warrant of Appointment (United Kingdom), royal warrant, he used the title "Cartographer to the King"; f ...
, of the Bartholomew family and map-making company in Edinburgh. Bartholomew felt that there was a low quality of map craftsmanship within Britain and a lack of geographical societies as compared with the rest of Europe, and set out to investigate the situation in other countries, particularly in Germany. As a result of this he began work in establishing a geographical society for
Scotland Scotland ( sco, Scotland, gd, Alba Alba (Scottish Gaelic Scottish Gaelic ( gd, Gàidhlig or Scots Gaelic, sometimes referred to simply as Gaelic) is a Goidelic language (in the Celtic languages, Celtic branch of the Indo-European ...

Scotland
. Bartholomew was assisted by Mrs A. L. Bruce, the daughter of the explorer
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. She herself was a keen geographer, with a particular interest in Africa.
Arthur Silva White Arthur Silva White FRSE FRSGS (1859–1932) was a 19th/20th-century British administrator, geographer and travel author. He was a founder of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in December 1884. Life He was born at 2 Hanover Terrace in Kens ...
, an experienced traveller and travel author, was also sought, and served as the Society's Secretary for the first 8 years. They sought the support of Professor
James Geikie James Murdoch Geikie President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, PRSE Fellow of the Royal Society of London, FRS LLD (23 August 1839 – 1 March 1915) was a Scottish geologist. He was professor of geology at Edinburgh University from 1882 to ...
, Professor of Geology at the
University of Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh ( sco, University o Edinburgh, gd, Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann; abbreviated as ''Edin.'' in post-nominals Post-nominal letters, also called post-nominal initials, post-nominal titles, designatory letters or simply ...
. Geikie had a keen interest in the advancement in geographical research and teaching, willingly giving his support to the project, and in December 1884 The Scottish Geographical Society (S.G.S.) was established. Recruiting members from many of Edinburgh's most prominent men and women, the Society managed to establish support from influential quarters. The S.G.S. encouraged members from scientific and academic backgrounds, providing a broad yet intellectual emphasis to its aims, as well as members of the general public, who joined more through interest or knowledge of the new discoveries than from any real interest in their own country. The aims of the Society were diverse, yet exploration was seen as having less emphasis than research and education. The first edition of the Scottish Geographical Magazine stated: – "... it is therefore one of the first objectives of the Scottish Geographical Society to advance the study of geography in Scotland: to impress the public with the necessity and inestimable value of a thorough knowledge of geography in a commercial, scientific or political education." The SGS concentrated on education and research, against a backdrop interest in exploration and discovery, and the gathering together and dissemination of information from such activities. The SGS was founded at that point in the nineteenth century when the scientific climate prevailing in Scotland, and in particular Edinburgh, influenced the direction of the Society's goals and activities. With many academics as members, education and research were important issues to the Society. At that time Edinburgh was the focus of geography within Scotland, with an active and lively scientific community from within which the seeds of a more balanced and scientific approach to geography would emerge. Yet, within a year of its foundation, the Scottish Geographical Society had established branches in
Dundee Dundee (; sco, Dundee; gd, Dùn Dè or ''Dùn Dèagh'' ) is Scotland's List of towns and cities in Scotland by population, fourth-largest city and the List of urban areas in the United Kingdom, 51st-most-populous built-up area in the United ...

Dundee
,
Aberdeen Aberdeen (; sco, Aiberdeen, ; gd, Obar Dheathain ; la, Aberdonia) is a city in northeast Scotland. It is the List of towns and cities in Scotland by population, third most populous city in Scotland, one of Scotland's 32 Local government in ...

Aberdeen
and
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Glasgow
to cater for the strong local interest and active participation in its work. Chief amongst the RSGS's early achievements were its support for the quietly successful
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(1902–04), and the establishment of Scotland's first professorship in
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Geography
, at the
University of Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh ( sco, University o Edinburgh, gd, Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann; abbreviated as ''Edin.'' in post-nominals Post-nominal letters, also called post-nominal initials, post-nominal titles, designatory letters or simply ...
.


Membership

Membership of RSGS is open to all, regardless of geographical location. Member benefits include: * Free attendance at c.90 Illustrated Talks per year which are held at 13 RSGS Local Groups throughout Scotland; * Four editions of The Geographer magazine, per year; * Free access to the Society's learned periodical, Scottish Geographical Journal, online or in hard copy; * Access to the Society's research collections, including its library, from which books may be borrowed, and its map and photograph collections, which may be consulted by prior arrangement with the Curator; * Other benefits include excursions and field trips, travel offers and competitions.


Collections

The Society holds extensive collections of historical and contemporary maps, atlases, books, journals, photographs, film, drawings, paintings, scientific instruments, personal papers, and artefacts, relating to the whole world, but especially to Scotland and the many areas of the world explored and settled by Scots. Items in the collection form a valuable part of Scotland's heritage, often providing the only record of people, places, and events, including unique items such as photographs of early polar exploration, photographs by and of eminent explorers and mountaineers, expedition reports and diaries, and the RSGS's own archive. There is a particularly important collection of early maps of Scotland with the earliest item dating from 1573. While many items are held in the RSGS headquarters in Perth, the majority of books are managed by the
Andersonian Library The Andersonian Library is the university library of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Established in 1796, it is one of the largest of its type in Scotland. Access to the Library is restricted to Strathclyde student and othe ...
at the
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in Glasgow. Films, including unique footage of the Scottish Antarctic Expedition from 1904, are lodged with the
Scottish Screen Archive The Moving Image Archive is a collection of Scottish film and video recordings at the National Library of Scotland, held at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Glasgow, UK. There are over 46,000 items within the collection, and over 2,600 of these are publicly ...
in
Glasgow Glasgow ( ; sco, Glesga; gd, Glaschu) is the most populous city A city is a large .Goodall, B. (1987) ''The Penguin Dictionary of Human Geography''. London: Penguin.Kuper, A. and Kuper, J., eds (1996) ''The Social Science Encyclopedia'' ...

Glasgow
. The Society's collections are managed by an enthusiastic team of volunteers and can be viewed by members by appointment.


Residences

The RSGS began a programme of residency in 2014, bringing on board specialists to help deliver its charitable aims and specific geographic output. The positions are all voluntary.


Explorers-In-Residence

The first Explorer-in-Residence was awarded to
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, a record-breaking Scottish explorer who established the Polar Academy in 2013, a charity which takes young adults to polar regions in order to improve their confidence. More recently, husband and wife team
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and Hazel Robertson were the second recipients of the title. As part of their work with the RSGS, the pair travelled to Alaska in 2017 in an attempt to be the first to trek south to north across the country. Unfortunately, the trip ended abruptly just short of the finish line as climate change induced melting of
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halted their progress onward.


Writers-In-Residence

The first Writer-in-Residence was held by poet and author Hazel Buchan Cameron. During her tenure, she worked with young writers to produce creative writing pieces inspired by the RSGS collections. This culminated in an exhibition at
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in late 2014. The second recipient of the title was Jo Woolf who has brought the stories from RSGS history to life, most notably through the publication of her debut book
The Great Horizon
Published by Sandstone Press in 2017, this book features 50 inspiring stories from some of the most remarkable explorers, scientists and visionaries who have ever lived, all of whom have a connection to the Society. Woolf was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Society in 2018.


Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellowship, first awarded in 1888, is awarded in recognition of services to the Society and to the wider discipline of geography. Honorary Fellows may use the
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designation FRSGS after their names. *
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(1899) * Alick Buchanan-Smith (1974) * Angus Buchanan (1924) * Anne Glover (2014) *
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Tom Weir Thomas "Tom" Weir Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, MBE (29 December 1914 – 6 July 2006) was a Scottish climber, author and broadcaster. He was best known for his long-running television series ''Weir's Way''. Early l ...
(1992) * Vanessa Lawrence (2014) * William C. Dunbar (1890) * William Grant Stairs (1890) * William MacGregor (1890) * William Mackinnon, 1st Baronet, William Mackinnon (1890) * Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2009) * Michael Portillo (2018)


Presidents of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

*1885–1891: The Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, Earl of Rosebery KG KT *1891–1894: The George Douglas Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll, Duke of Argyll KG KT *1894–1898: The Schomberg Henry Kerr, 9th Marquess of Lothian, Marquess of Lothian KT *1898–1904: John Murray (oceanographer), Sir John Murray KCB *1904–1910:
James Geikie James Murdoch Geikie President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, PRSE Fellow of the Royal Society of London, FRS LLD (23 August 1839 – 1 March 1915) was a Scottish geologist. He was professor of geology at Edinburgh University from 1882 to ...
DCL LLD FRS *1910–1914: The John Hew North Henry Hamilton Dalrymple, 11th Earl of Stair, Earl of Stair *1914–1916: The John Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch, Duke of Buccleuch KT *1916–1919: The Charles John Guthrie, Lord Guthrie, Lord Guthrie LLD *1919–1925: The Edward Theodore Salvesen, Lord Salvesen PC *1925–1930: The Ronald Munro-Ferguson, 1st Viscount Novar, Viscount Novar KT GCMG *1930–1934: The Sidney Buller-Fullerton-Elphinstone, 16th Lord Elphinstone, Lord Elphinstone KT *1934–1937: The Walter Hepburne-Scott, 9th Lord Polwarth, Lord Polwarth CBE *1937–1942: The Harry Primrose, 6th Earl of Rosebery, Earl of Rosebery KT *1942–1946: D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Sir D'Arcy Thomson Kt CB *1946–1950: Alan G. Ogilvie OBE *1950–1954: John (Ian) Bartholomew, John Bartholomew MC JP FRSGS *1954–1958: Douglas Allan CBE LLD DSc PhD FRSE FRSGS *1958–1962: The David Charteris, 12th Earl of Wemyss, Earl of Wemyss and March LLD DL *1962–1968: The Hon. Lord Cameron DSC MA LLB LLD DL *1968–1974: The Rt.Hon. Alick Buchanan-Smith, Baron Balerno, Lord Balerno CBE TD MA DSc *1974–1977: Professor Ronald Miller MA PhD FRSE FRSGS *1977–1983: Professor James Wreford Watson MA PhD LLD FRSC FRSE FRSGS *1983–1987: The John Arbuthnott, 16th Viscount of Arbuthnott, Viscount of Arbuthnott DSC MA FRSA FRICS *1987–1993: John C. Bartholomew MA FRSE FRGS *1993–1999: The George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, Viscount Younger of Leckie KT KCVO TD DL *1999–2005: The Richard Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch, Earl of Dalkeith KBE DL *2005–2012: The James Randolph Lindesay-Bethune, 16th Earl of Lindsay, Earl of Lindsay *2012–: Iain Stewart (geologist), Iain Stewart


Medals and awards

The Society awards a number of medals for outstanding contributions to geography and exploration. *Scottish Geographical Medal (Previously the RSGS Gold Medal) *Livingstone Medal *President's Medal *Mungo Park Medal *Coppock Research Medal *Geddes Environment Medal *Shackleton Medal *List of recipients of the W. S. Bruce Medal, W.S. Bruce Medal *Joy Tivy Education Medal *The Newbigin Prize *Bartholomew Globe Past Awards *RSGS Bronze Medal


See also

*Geography of Scotland *History of science *Learned societies *List of British professional bodies *List of Royal Societies


References


External links

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RSGS Publications
{{Authority control Royal Scottish Geographical Society, 1884 establishments in Scotland University of Strathclyde Scottish geographers, Charities based in Scotland, Geographical Society Organisations based in Scotland with royal patronage, Geographical Society Organizations established in 1884