The Select Society

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The Select Society, established as The St. Giles Society but soon renamed, was an intellectual society in 18th century Edinburgh.[1]

The Select Society initially had fifteen members who included:

By the end of its first year, The Select Society had eighty three members.[5] Some years later, some of the members established The Poker Club.[6]

In 1755 the Select Society founded a subsidiary body: the Edinburgh Society for Encouraging Arts, Sciences, Manufactures, and Agriculture in Scotland.


  1. ^ Emerson, Roger L. The Social Composition of Enlightened Scotland: The Select Society of Edinburgh, 1754–1764. (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century) (1973)
  2. ^ "Significant Scots: George Drummond". Electric Scotland. 
  3. ^ David Denby (11 October 2004). "Northern Lights: How modern life emerged from eighteenth-century Edinburgh". The New Yorker. Review of James Buchan's Crowded With Genius (Capital of the Mind in the UK). [p. 3] A convivial bachelor, he [Hume] required company, preferably a dinner party at home (he prided himself on his "cookery") or a debate at the Select Society, a group of fifty of Edinburgh’s most clubbable and erudite minds. 
  4. ^ "The Monros of Auchinbowie and Cognate Families". By John Alexander Inglis. Edinburgh. Printed privately by T and A Constable. Printers to His Majesty. 1911.
  5. ^ "The Select - A Brief History". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. 
  6. ^ The Poker Club (1762–1784)

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