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Arms of the Society of Descendants of ScotlandSociety of Descendants of Scotland

Applicants must submit a proven and unbroken lineage from a Scottish family who--for a minimum of three generations--were native to Scotland, or a king of Scotland (a king of the Scots).

The entry fee is $100 for Royal or Hereditary class, or $50 for converting from Hereditary to Royal class later; plus a Genealogist Fee of $4/generation for each lineage submitted, including corrections and extensions. A credit will be granted for portions of well-accepted lineages documented in Wikipedia or previously approved by the Society.

The arms of the SDS are as shown above, an inescutcheon of a thistle on a field of silver upon the shield of The Augustan Society. The insignia consists of a lapel pin with the design from the inescutcheon. A membership certificate is also given to each member.

The Scottish-American Genealogist was long the designated Official Publication of the Society of Descendants of Scotland, and the funds paid to the SDS were primarily used to fund that publication, as well as to fund research projects that were to be published in the journal. Today, The Augustan Omnibus serves the same role.

Note that the original name of this group was the Order of Descendants of Scotland. It was not then, and is not now, an order of chivalry, nor should any such suggestion be countenanced.

For additional information or to request a petition for membership, please contact Headquarters.

Lee A. Dorland, FAS
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