The Society was founded in 1805 and constituted under the Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1903. Scottish Charity Number SC004365.

The Society gives assistance to persons under state retirement age in Scotland who have ceased to work on account of having an incurable illness. The Society normally considers those who have ceased employment within the last 10 years.  An allowance is given half yearly to assist in providing extra help. The Society however is not in a position to consider isolated requests to meet single emergencies.  Please see application form for medical criteria. 

Funds available

Around £100,000 is available for distribution each year. Annuitants currently receive £540 per annum payable in half-yearly instalments.


To apply, complete and return the application form. The Trustees meet four times a year to consider applications.

Click here to download an application form and send it to:

Jennifer Law, Azets, Exchange Place 3, Semple Street, Edinburgh EH3 8BL.

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Jennifer Law
Charity Accounts and Audit Services Manager

0131 473 3500