The Franco-Scottish Society within its mission - to promote French Language and Culture –is keen to “increase and disseminate in Scotland knowledge of France and the French way of life, with particular reference to its economic, social, political, historical and cultural institutions and developments…”. It also strives to “foster interest in the shared cultural heritage of the French and the Scots “as well as to “facilitate and encourage Franco-Scottish research projects”.
Every two years an eminent speaker is invited to talk on a theme of Franco-Scottish interest before an audience made up of members, guests and the general public. The event is held in turn in Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow. This biennial lecture was for many years funded from a generous gift from the 8th Marquis of Lansdowne (1912-99), former President and Honorary President of the Franco-Scottish Society and was known as “The Lansdowne Lecture”. The fund is now exhausted and since November 2018 is sponsorship- funded and has been renamed “The FSSS Lecture”.