The Society was founded
in 1977 with the objective of promoting the study of heraldry and
encouraging its correct use in Scotland.
The Society meets
several times during the year for lectures or visits to places of
historic and heraldic interest, both in Scotland and in other countries.
Contact is maintained with other societies, here in the United Kingdom
and overseas, with similar interests.
The principal meeting,
held in early December, is the
St Andrew Lecture which is
usually noteworthy for its contribution to heraldic scholarship and,
together with the St. Andrew Dinner, is one of the most popular
Lectures and other
articles of armorial interest are published in the Society's annual
journal, The Double Tressure, which is distributed free to
members along with a lighter occasional newsletter Tak Tent. In
addition to these publications, the Society regularly produces other
illustrated booklets on heraldic and related matters.
It is not at all necessary
to possess a coat of arms to join the Society but many members are
either armigerous or intend to petition for a Grant or Matriculation of
Arms. Of all ages and scattered around the world, the members are
interested in all aspects of armoury, some being actively and
professionally engaged in heraldic arts and crafts and in academic