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Prof Norman Bonney is appointed Honorary President of Edinburgh Secular Society

Norman Sept 2008On Sunday 29th September, Edinburgh Secular Society presented Professor Norman Bonney with a gift to recognise his services to secularism in Scotland.

Prof Bonney has been appointed as the Honorary President of Edinburgh Secular Society, a position dating back to the 19th Century.

Gary McLelland, Chair of ESS presented Prof Bonney with a book, Modern Humanists Reconsidered, by JM Robertson (1927), on behalf of the Society.

NPG x120271; John Mackinnon RobertsonThe book which was presented was a significant piece of literature, written by the JM Robertson, who was then the President of Edinburgh Secular Society.

JM Robertson was a significant person in the secularism movement in Edinburgh and throughout the UK.  He went on to assist Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Bessant in setting up the National Secular Society.

Prof Bonney will himself, later this year, release his book Monarchy, religion and the state (2013).