A very happy St Andrew's Day to all our Scottish members; how will you be celebrating this year?
Not only the patron saint of Scotland, St Andrew also serves as the patron saint of Russia, Cyprus, Greece, and Colombia, among others. The tradition of celebrating the feast of St Andrew in Scotland dates back to the reign of Malcolm III, 1034-1093, but wasn't commonly celebrated on 30 November until the 18th century.
The modern day celebration actually began when a group of Scottish expatriates, living the US and wanting to reconnect with their roots, in South Carolina in 1729.
Following St Andrew's example of philanthropic giving, the trend spread to New York, where Scotsmen and women helped the poor and destitute of the city in his name. From these beginnings, Scots around the world spread the celebration of St Andrews Day, making it into the popular winter celebration it is today, with the Saltire flying proudly, not just in Scotland, but in Scottish communities across the globe.
The Saltire cross of St Andrew dates back to the earliest days of the emerging nation of Scotland. During the reign of King Angus of the Picts, from 820 to 834, legend has it that the king saw the cross in a dream the night before a battle with the Saxons. The following morning, he was filled with confidence that his men could defeat the Saxons in the name of St Andrew, and since this time he and his Saltire Cross have become national symbols for the country.
ROSL will be celebrating our connection to Scotland in both clubhouses, with a St Andrew's Dinner tomorrow (Friday 1 December) evening in the Edinburgh clubhouse. Starting with a drinks reception to the back drop of the Edinburgh castle, the evening will include a three-course meal with wine and a talk from The Rt Hon. the Lord Hope of Craighead KT PC FRSE.
At the London clubhouse, members can shake off those January blues with a black-tie dinner and ceilidh on Friday 26 January. Start the night by raising your tot of whiskey during the address to haggis before sitting down to a delightful three-course meal. Afterwards join our talented musicians in the Princess Alexandra Hall and dance the rest of the night away at our ceilidh. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried these highland favourites before, our caller will take you through the steps. Book here to be a part of celebrating St Andrew with ROSL.