Welcome to the online Archive of The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland

A Proud Heritage

Very few modern organisations can trace their heritage to 1784. Even less can say they have remained true to their founders’ values and beliefs. Yet this is the case for The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.

Our unique organisation remains as focused on delivering the Society’s objectives, as it was when it was founded well over 200 years ago.

What was then considered crucial to the advancement of Scottish agriculture for the benefit of farmers, landowners and rural communities, still applies today. And while the ‘noblemen and gentlemen’ of the 1700s could not imagine how much has changed over the centuries, what remains constant is the Society’s vision to build on generations of influence, investment and innovation.

The Society’s own Transactions Reports were published from 1799 to 1968, contain many interesting and valuable accounts of agricultural experiments and improvements. The Transactions of the Society also contain many references to crafting. This is information of historical interest to a global audience and is now available to all though this online digital archive - for both for educational purposes and for those who share an interest in Scotland’s heritage.

 

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Every effort has been made by the Directors to apply the resources of the Society to the greatest possible extent, in encouraging experiment, and in procuring information on all subjects connected with the science and practice of agriculture, the proper management of woods and plantations, and the improvement of agricultural machinery. Much valuable knowledge has been acquired and published in the Transaction Volumes which can now be accessed through our digital archive.

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