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 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 the British Isles) for exchange of information between botanists working in different areas.
The Society is closely linked to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Scottish universities.
The Botanical Society of Edinburgh published its first journal in 1844, Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh. This was replaced with the Botanical Journal of Scotland in 1991 to reflect the change of the society name 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.
Notable members 
- 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
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