See objects relating to Scottish exploration in the fantastic ambience of our unique
Explorers' Room and explore the world yourself through books, maps and images.
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The RSGS Visitor and Information Centre in the Fair Maid's House is open Tuesday -
Saturday, 12.30 to 16.00 between 8th April and 24th October 2014.
- Admission is FREE, but donations will be appreciated. We are a charity which receives no
public funds to meet our considerable running costs.
- We are located in the North Port, behind Perth Concert Hall. Just come along - see our
- Schools and other groups are most welcome, either at the times indicated above or on other
dates throughout the year, by appointment. Please contact us.
- Have you thought of hiring the rooms in the Fair Maid's House, or the Shackleton Room in our
adjacent headquarters building (Lord John Murray House), for meetings and other events?
- Contact us for more information.
After lying unused and
unloved for many years, the Society has restored and extended the iconic Fair Maid's House -
Perth's oldest secular building, which dates from the 14th Century. The house has remarkable
connections with the Glover Incorporation and was their meeting place between 1629 and 1858.
It became the stage on which the world-famous Scottish author Sir Walter Scott set his novel
The Fair Maid of Perth, telling of the beautiful daughter of Simon Glover, a senior
member of the Incorporation.
The Glover Incorporation is one of the ancient guilds of Perth, once regulating the skilled
craft of glove-making and looking after the welfare of the craftsmen and their families. Their
motto 'Grace and Peace' is carved in the stone outside the Fair Maid's House.
The Society embarked on the £750,000 project to revitalise the Fair Maid's House in 2006
and, with the help of its architects Page/Park, have fused ancient and modern to the best
possible effect and brought this fine property back into use as a visitor and information
centre. It also provides a home for the Society's extensive
collections. Within the house you can see a substantial section of Mediaeval Wall, part
of the Blackfriar's Monastery where the Scottish King James I was killed in 1437.
You will also see the Glovers' Hall looking much as it did in the 17th Century, with a period
fireplace and a haunting Prayer Niche, which is probably much older. Imagine the pious Fair
Maid kneeling here in devotion.
The renovation of the Fair Maid's House to create a centre of excellence for geography in Scotland
would not have been possible without the generous support of the Scottish Government's Town Centre
Regeneration Fund, Perth & Kinross Council, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, Perth Common Good
Fund, The Gannochy Trust, The Forteviot Charitable Trust, Thomson Charitable Trust, Jimmie
Cairncross Charitable Trust, The Guildry Incorporation of Perth, The Glover Incorporation of Perth,
and many RSGS members and supporters. We are grateful to them all for helping us to realise this