of the above met with general approval.
the Photographic Society of London had ideas on how the PSS funds might be used.
he heard of that PSS was to be wound up, the Honorary Secretary of the London
society wrote to PSS. He referred
to the long connection of the two Societies, and to the fact that it was the
Journal of the Photographic Society that had, for several years, published the
reports of PSS proceedings. He wrote:
that the policy of dissolution is being discussed and a question arises about
the disposal of your surplus balance, it occurs to us to offer a suggestion that
we should receive into our Society as ‘Life Members’ some twenty (or a
number hereafter determined) Members of the Photographic Society of Scotland,
and with the balance of the fund institute two ‘Scottish Medals’ to be given
annually for Excellence in Portraiture and Landscape.”
all the worthy suggestions above, it was disappointing to discover that it took
a further two years for final agreement to be reached on disposal of the
of 54 members, 31 votes were cast in a secret vote and by a majority of 17 to 14
it was agreed to distribute the funds, amongst the surviving Members in proportion to the
subscriptions they had paid.
had been sixty-nine PSS Members in 1865. Many
were old and in ill health. Only
fifty survived until 1873.
funds which then amounted to £208 11s 0d were shared.
of the recipients had been Members since 1856, the year the society was founded.
They each received £6 17s 11d. The
remaining 28 Members receives smaller amounts.