The Scottish Text Society is a major publisher of important texts from Scotland’s literary history. Since 1882 it has played a significant part in reviving interest in the literature and languages of Scotland. The Society’s editions are both scholarly and accessible.
To date, the Society has published some 150 volumes, covering poetry, drama, and prose, from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The majority of its editions are in the high period of Older Scots literature, from 1500 to 1700. Texts currently available include reprints of the Society’s editions of the two great epic poems of the wars of independence, Barbour’s Bruce and Hary’s Wallace; a new edition of Sir Gilbert Hay's The Buke of the Law of Armys; a revised edition of The Shorter Poems of Gavin Douglas; a new edition of the poetry of Scotland’s greatest Renaissance poet, Alexander Montgomerie; and Sir David Hume’s History of the House of Angus, which has not been available in print since the eighteenth century.
Non-members can order STS volumes directly from the distributor Boydell and Brewer.
The Society has members all over the world. Subscription rates, in return for which members receive the Society’s annual volume or volumes published by the Society in its main series in that year and the right to buy back copies at a discount, are £20 for private individual members and £30 for institutional membership. Prospective members should contact the Membership Secretary via email or via the Society’s institutional postal address:
Scottish Text Society,
25 Buccleuch Place,
Edinburgh, EH8 9LN
The Society holds both editorial and publishers’ copyright in its publications. Applications for permission to reproduce material appearing in the Society’s publications should be made to the Editorial Secretary. A fee may be charged and appropriate acknowledgement of the Society’s copyright is required.
Proposals for editions should be sent to the Editorial Secretary at the address given in the Contacts page. Please use the Proposal Form for Editions, using the Guidelines for Editors. If you wish your proposal to be discussed at the Spring meeting of the Editorial Committee, your proposal should be in by 1 February. If you wish your proposal to be discussed at the Autumn meeting of the Editorial Committee, your proposal should be in by 1 August. The Society’s institutional address is 25 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LN; for email contact details see our Contacts page.
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