The Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland, founded in Edinburgh in 1895, is an independent organisation recognised as a Scottish Charity (No SC 002507). Its members are spread over seven Branches: in Aberdeen, Dumfries and Galloway, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and St Andrews. National office-bearers and Branch representatives form the Council of the Society which meets twice a year, generally in November and March. The different Branches host the Annual General Meeting in rotation. The Society maintains close links with the Association Franco-Écossaise which began life in Paris in 1896.
From the outset the Society aimed to foster contacts between the French and the Scots and to develop their traditional friendship enshrined – since at least 1295 – in the Auld Alliance. Through educational, cultural and social activities, the Society continues to pursue these objectives today, believing that the development of Franco-Scottish relations in the European Union and also in the Commonwealth are as important as they have ever been.
In Scotland the Society offers a focus for individuals and groups who wish to keep in touch with France, its culture, language, attitudes and current affairs. No specialist knowledge of France or of the French language is necessary, but native speakers of French are of course particularly welcome.
To have details of the current Branch Programmes, or to have information about the annual subscription and how to become a member, please click on one of the links. The National Secretary and the Branch Secretaries will be happy to answer enquiries made by E-mail, letter or telephone.
National Office Bearers
Honorary Presidents: Lord Balfour of Burleigh, HE The French Ambassador.
President: The Rt Hon Lord Brodie
Vice-President: Tom Wight
General Treasurer: Ginette Gervais-MacWilliam
General Secretary: Anne-Colette Lequet