News & Events of Interest

Following the Cruise of the Betsey, September 2014

The Geological Societies of Glasgow and Edinburgh are offering unique opportunity for young Earth scientists to follow the journey of Hugh Miller in "The Cruise of the Betsey". On 6 September 2014 Leader, a wonderful old Brixham Trawler built in 1892 (, will set sail from Oban heading north for the Small Isles in a one-week voyage in homage to Hugh Miller and his Hebridean tours, described in his classic book "The Cruise of the Betsey". The boat sleeps 19 people including 4 crew members, and will be filled with an inter-generational mix of geologists, geographers, artists, writers, ecologists, storytellers and historians (including a Gaelic speaker).

The voyage will take the form of a mobile conference during which each participant will apply their own talents and interests in celebration of the achievements of Hugh Miller, and the landscapes, seascapes and cultural history of the Hebrides. The reward for the successful applicants will be to broaden and deepen their appreciation of Hebridean geodiversity, but also to gain new and probably unexpected perspectives on the geology, landscape and people of this beautiful sea-bound realm. The Geological Societies of Glasgow and Edinburgh will fund up to four berths on the boat for young people (aged 16-30) studying Earth science, who have a research interest in the area or in a subject related to Hugh Miller, and a passion for sharing and communicating geology, landscape and/or Hebridean culture to a diverse audience.

Further information and application form.

Publications News - March 2014

A wide variety of publications are available from the Society, including excursion guides, leaflets and books of interest. Recent additions include Paraffin Young and Friends by Mary Leitch and an excursion guide to Gigha published by the Geological Society of Glasgow. We have just printed the second edition of the very popular "Assynt - The geologists' Mecca" and it is now available. You can view a complete list on our website here and it is possible to order and pay online. However if you live in Edinburgh or are going to a lecture, it is worth contacting the Publication Sales Officer first to arrange delivery, saving postage.

Appeal for donations - could you support the work of the Society?

EGS Council work hard to control expenditure and try to ensure that we do not eat into our financial reserves to pay for on-going activities. This has meant that occasionally we are not able to do everything we would like to do.

In particular, there are two initiatives that we think EGS members would feel worthy of greater support; therefore we are inviting members to consider making additional financial donations (which can also be gift-aided if you are a UK taxpayer!).

Every year we receive many applications for Fieldwork Grants from the Clough and Mykura Funds, and we usually give several grants amounting to a few hundred pounds, from the income generated by these funds. However, demand exceeds the amount of money available, and we would like to offer more support to worthwhile fieldwork projects, many of which are undertaken by young geologists just starting out on their careers.

We have in the last year organised a project to give free Rock Boxes to Scottish Schools. These boxes contain 16 hand specimens of typical Scottish rocks, plus bags of mini-specimens allowing pupils to carry out hands-on experiments in small groups. Teachers greatly appreciate access to these boxes which are now enabling teaching about Scotland's geology to take place within the new Curriculum for Excellence. So far in 2011-12, over 100 boxes have been distributed, through generous sponsorship by Senergy, an energy services company based in Aberdeenshire and indivduals. Each box costs £50, and we would like to continue to offer them to schools for free. Could you help by giving a donation - perhaps in lieu of a present this Christmas?

If you would like to make a donation please contact Bob Morley, our treasurer, for further information (contact details).

Online access to the Scottish Journal of Geology & Transactions of the Society

Digitised archive copies of The Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society 1868-1963 and the Scottish Journal of Geology are now available online at the Lyell Collection website. The collection is fully searchable and the indexes are free to browse. Access to the full content of the Journal and the Transactions is available to members of the Edinburgh Geological Society for free. This involves a one-off, free subscription activation where you select a user name and password. Note that this access is available to all Ordinary, Life, Honorary, Distinguished and Corresponding Fellows; but not to Senior Fellows, Family Fellows, or Associate Fellows (Junior or Glasgow). Glasgow Associates can get access via the Geological Society of Glasgow.

1) Go to the subscription activation page ( and enter your subscriber ID number. This is your four-digit EGS member number prefixed with the letters EGS. e.g, if you are EGS member 79, your Subscriber ID is EGS0079. You can find your EGS member number from the address label of a recent SJG mailing, or you can contact the Membership Secretary - see contact details.

2) You will then need to select a username and password which you will use to login and view the journal. Once you've completed the subscription activation, you will be able to access the SJG site here or using the link from the main Lyell Collection webpage here

Annual Subscription

Annual subscriptions are due on 1st October at the following rates:
Ordinary Fellows £20.00
Family Fellows £10.00; thus Joint Fellowship becomes £30.00
Senior Fellows and Glasgow Associates £10.00
Junior Associates £4.00

Please send cheques payable to “Edinburgh Geological Society” to the Membership Secretary (see Contact details).

Members who pay by Standing Order should ensure that their Bank is making payment at the correct rate, following the subscription increases which came into force on 1st October 2005. Please act as soon as possible in order to avoid errors and extra work for the Treasurer and the Membership Secretary. Those who do not already pay by Standing Order may like to take this opportunity to start using this method of payment. If in doubt about your current membership status and payment arrangement, please contact the Membership Secretary (see Contact details).

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