Botanical Society of Scotland
The Botanical Society of Scotland (BSS) is the national learned society for botanists of Scotland. It was founded in 1836 as the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, changing its name in 1991, and incorporates the Cryptogamic Society of Scotland, founded in 1875. The Botanical Society of Scotland has been a charity registered in Scotland since 19th February 1918, and became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) (No. SC016283) on 15th April 2014.
The Society's activities include lectures (mainly held in Edinburgh, but also in other Scottish cities), symposia, field excursions, field projects and an annual exhibition meeting (held jointly with the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland) for exchange of information between botanists working in different areas.
The Botanical Society of Edinburgh published its first journal, Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, from 1844 to 1990. This was replaced with the Botanical Journal of Scotland in 1991 to reflect the change of the society's name to "The Botanical Society of Scotland" in the same year. Botanical Journal of Scotland was in turn replaced by Plant Ecology and Diversity in 2008, to give the journal a wider international appeal. Plant Ecology and Diversity was accepted for inclusion in Scopus in 2010 and it received its first impact factor, 2.053, in 2011.
- Albert, Prince Consort
- Queen Victoria, the Society's first Patron
- Alexander Adie
- Alexander von Humboldt
- Cardale Babington
- John Hutton Balfour, the driving force behind the establishment of the Society
- William Brand, founder member
- Robert Brown
- Alexander Bryson
- Alexander Buchan
- William Carruthers
- Thomas Frederic Cheeseman
- Hugh Cleghorn, the "father of Indian forestry", a founder member in 1839, elected President in 1870
- Charles Darwin, author of "On The Origin of Species"
- Alexander Dickson
- Job Bicknell Ellis
- C. H. Gimingham
- Robert Graham, first President of the Society
- Robert Kaye Greville
- Godfrey Howitt
- Edward Janczewski
- George Lawson, the "father of Canadian botany", was assistant secretary and curator of the Society
- Lars Levi Læstadius
- Duncan Napier
- Robert Thomson, pioneer of sanitation
- Göte Turesson
- Charles Wyville Thomson, chief scientist on the Challenger Expedition
- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Society's current Patron
- Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland
- Flora of Scotland
- Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Watling, R. (1986). "150 Years of paddock stools: A history of agaric ecology and floristics in Scotland". Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh 45: 1–42. doi:10.1080/03746608608685403.
- "About the BSS". Botanical Society of Scotland. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
- "Plant Ecology & Diversity". Taylor & Francis Website. Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
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