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Founding Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

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  • Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, 5th Baronet (c.1736 - 1798)
    Biographical Summary CLERK OF PENNYCUIK, SIR JOHN, Bart. ?-24/02/1798. Ref: 329. Male. Titles and British Honours: 5th Baronet (1784). Place of Birth: Midlothian. Place of interment: Penicuik...
  • Sir George Clerk-Maxwell of Penicuik, 4th baronet (1715 - 1784)
    ----------- The Baron's precepts to his son George when at school in Cumberland are worthy of Polonius. He advises him to be kind to his companions, as he could not tell what they might be able to ...
  • Patrick Wilson (1743 - 1811)
    Biographical Summary WILSON, PATRICK (PETER) . 16/01/1743-30/12/1811. Ref: 1620. Male. Profession: Astronomer, Type-Founder. Appointments Held: Assistant 1782-86 and Professor 1786-99, Practica...
  • Alexander Wilson (1714 - 1786)
    Wikipedia Biographical Summary Alexander Wilson FRSE (1714 – 16 October 1786) was a Scottish surgeon, type-founder, astronomer, mathematician and meteorologist. He was the first scientist to r...
  • Charles Stuart of Dunearn, Min. of Cramond (1745 - 1826)
    Biographical Summary STUART, CHARLES . ?-28/05/1826. Ref: 1456. Male. Titles and British Honours: Rev. Place of Birth: Fife. Place of Death: 58 George Square, Edinburgh. Profession: Ministe...

Scope of Project

This project is a place to gather together profiles of the Founding Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


The Royal Society of Edinburgh is Scotland's national academy of science and letters. It is a registered charity, operating on a wholly independent and non-party-political basis and providing public benefit throughout Scotland. Established in 1783, it has since then drawn upon the strengths and expertise of its Fellows, of which there are currently more than 1500.

The Society covers a broader selection of fields than the Royal Society of London including literature and history. Unlike similar organisations in the rest of the UK, the Fellowship includes people from a wide range of disciplines - science & technology, arts, humanities, medicine, social science, business and public service. This breadth of expertise makes the Royal Society of Edinburgh unique in the UK.

List of Founding Fellows

SOURCE: Founding Members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Royal Society of Edinburgh