History of the Society

Sir Charles RussellThe founder of the Society was The Hon Sir Charles Russell, Bart.,K.C.V.O. His portrait, reproduced here, was by the famous society painter Philip de Laslo, in 1919. The original portrait hangs in the reception of the firm of solicitors which he also founded in 1891, now called Charles Russell LLP. We are grateful to the firm for allowing us to use this reproduction.

Read Sir Charles’s obituary.


History - The First Ninety YearsVice President of the Society, Mr John Barrie KCSG, has written a fascinating account entitled “A History of the Society: the First 90 Years”. The book surveys the Society’s progress in the context of the Church in the twentieth century. If you would like to purchase a copy please visit the online shop.