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The Royal Society for the Support of Women of Scotland

Founded in 1847 as the Indigent Gentlewoman's Fund

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About Us

Learn all about the Royal Society for the Support of Women of Scotland, our structure, our people and our history. The Society has been based in Rutland Square, Edinburgh since 1909.

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Who We Help and How

Click here to find out more about who qualifies for assistance from the Society and the way we make a difference to women's lives.

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How To Get Help

Learn more about applying for assistance from the Society, how your application will be considered and what happens if you are admitted to our Roll of Beneficairies

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How to Help Us

How to Help Us



Coronavirus update

The Society is continuing to monitor advice about the latest Coronvirus lockdown.  

We remain open for new applications for support but there may be a delay in issuing forms and responding to correspondence as we continue to work form home as much as we possibly can. 

If you wish to apply please email your contact details to and we will send you an application form.  It is particularly important forms are completed as fully as possible and that all the information we request is enclosed with the form when it is returned.

Please note that we cannot respond to urgent requests for support.

If you wish to contact the Society for any reason please email us on

If you do not have access to email you can call us on 0131 229 2308 and leave a message.  We are monitoring answerphone messages remotely and will respond as soon as we can.

Please check this website for future updates.



About The Royal Society for the Support of Women of Scotland

The charity began life in 1847 to assist ladies of Scottish birth or education with particular backgrounds who were struggling to survive on low incomes and limited savings. In 1930 it received grant of a Royal Charter from King George V,  becoming The Royal Society for the Relief of Indigent Gentlewomen of Scotland and it has evolved to meet the changing needs of society ever since.

At a meeting of the Privy Council in November 2014  Her Majesty The Queen approved an Order granting a new Supplementary Charter to the Society.   When this came into effect on 1st May 2015 the charity acquired its new name, new charitable purposes and it adopted new, broader, admission criteria against which applicants for assistance are considered.

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