What we do

The main purpose and objective of the Friends of Innerpeffray Library – is to support the continuation of Innerpeffray Library and in doing so preserve an important part of Scotland’s Heritage. The Friends were founded in 1993 with the aim of generating funds to be used for the preservation of the fabric of the Library and the care and restoration of the books themselves. The Friends also offer support in many practical ways at Library events and work closely with the Keeper of Books and the Governors for the greater good of Innerpeffray Library.                      

Almost all of the money raised by the Friends is donated directly to the Innerpeffray Mortification, the charity that runs the Library. Subscriptions have always formed the core of this donation while events, talks and lectures raise awareness of the Library as well as vital funds.

Friends of Innerpeffray Library is a registered charity, Scottish Charity No: SC 023545

Why FOIL? This year we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Innerpeffray Library.

Last year Jean Ann Scott Miller, one of the original founders of the Friends of Innerpeffray Library, gave an informative talk entitled ‘Why FOIL? A personal history of the Friends.’ In celebration of our 30th Anniversary and to explain our ‘raison d’etre’, she has reproduced an edited version which you can read here.

Upcoming Events

We are delighted to announce a programme of events to raise funds for the Library, these can be seen below and also on the What’s On page, alongside the Library’s own events. Ticketed events can be booked via the What’s On page. Working with the Library, we have structured a programme that will appeal to all ages; you are encouraged to support the events to help make this a great year for the Friends and the Library. Keep an eye on this page throughout the year for new events being announced.

Sat 3rd June 3.30pm – Music in the Chapel from Tern: Named after the migrating bird of the Nordic regions, Tern is a 5-piece band composed of Rose Logan (SC – Fiddle), Kristina Leesik (SE – Fiddle), Lea Søndergaard Larsen (DK – Bodhran), Miguel Girão (PT – Guitar) and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2023 Amy Laurenson (SC – Piano). Tern crafts contemporary arrangements of traditional and original material, which draw on the music of Shetland, Mainland Scotland and Scandinavia. Tickets £15, book here. Cash/card bar available

Sat 10th June 2.30pm – Ask the Gardeners: Please join us in the Chapel at Innerpeffray for an entertaining afternoon where your horticultural problems will be solved by a panel of local gardening experts. Submit your questions in advance to friends@innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk. Plant stalls, Honey tasting, Library Shop, Vintage Gardening Books sale. Refreshments available. Tickets: £10.00, book here.

In October we hold the Ted Powell Memorial Lecture – the date and more details will be forthcoming closer to the time.

How You can Help – Become a Friend

For a modest annual subscription you may join the company of like-minded people who are concerned for the on-going welfare of the Library. You will benefit from complimentary entry to the Library at any time during opening hours, and FOIL members may also attend the Ted Powell lecture in October without cost.

Subscription costs: Individual £25; Joint £40; Family £50 (Family = 2 adults and all children in the family under the age of 16); Life £250; Joint Life £400

If you wish to become a member of FOIL, you can contact our Membership Secretary, Iain Gilmour, by emailing friends@innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk. You can also pay or renew your subscription via the online Shop. Please also complete and return the information form which can be downloaded below [This document will be available soon].

The Committee

The current members of the Honorary Committee are:

Officers:Committee Members:
Convenor: Joan TaylorCharles Crookshank
Hon Secretary: Kirsty MacdonaldIain Gilmour
Hon. Treasurer: Shona McLarenPamela Haggart 
Barbara McGarva
John Mauchline

The 2023 Annual General Meeting was held on 12th April and the Minutes can be downloaded below.

Contact FOIL

Send us an email, addressed to friends@innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk, or send us a message using a contact form by clicking here.