Signed in as:
Signed in as:
The St. Andrew's Society of North Carolina was founded on June 11, 1972 and, soon after, incorporated by the State of North Carolina. A group of twelve gen tlemen were the incorporators:
Lawrence McNeil Johnson, W. Lamont Brown, Dr. Robert Monroe McMillan, Lindsay F. Johnson, Charles McAllister, J. Cecil Beith, Donald 0. Kennedy,
John Archibald McPhaul, Dr. John Lauchlin Monroe, Garland McPherson,
H. Clifton Blue, and Edward Town Taws, Jr.,
Lawrence McNeil! Johnson was elected first president, Edward Town Taws, Jr., vice president, H. Clifton Blue, secretary, and Lindsay F. Johnson, treasurer. The group voted to organize a Saint Andrew's Society and on a motion by Garland McPherson to name it the "St. Andrew's Society of North
The first annual dinner was held at the Country Club of North Carolina on Saint Andrew's Day November 30, 1972. The St. Andrew's Society of North Carolina is the premier Scottish organization in the state, and one well respected in the nation.
GALA WEEKEND PREVIEW
December 2 - 4, 2022
St. Andrew's Society of North Carolina will host several gatherings during the weekend:
Friday evening, December 2nd
A Welcome Reception at The Carolina Hotel with entertainment.
Saturday, December 3rd
Golf Outing on a Pinehurst Resort course. Tours of area Scottish Heritage sites. Tours will be organized according to interest.
Saturday evening, December 3rd
The Gala Scottish Banquet in The Carolina Hotel Grand Ballroom for members, wives and guests . Formal dress and Scottish attire.
Sunday morning, December 4th
Brunch Gathering at The Carolina Hotel with entertainment.
In the remarkable fifty year history of the St. Andrew's Society of North Carolina, membership has steadily increased and hundreds of noteworthy persons of Scottish descent have contributed to its cultural and scholastic missions. The grants and scholarship program is well supported by member
gifts and a growing endowment. The Saint Andrew's Day Dinner in December and the festive dinner at the Grandfather Mountain High land Games in July are annual highly anticipated events. Jointly with The Robert Burns Society of North Carolina, a Burns Dinner is held each January in the Research Triangle area. Scotland County Highland Games are a favorite event each October and
members participate in various Kirkin' o' the Tartans.Other events are being planned to engage members from across the state. The 50th anniversary
weekend will promote great fellowship among members, spouses and an anticipated large number of guests. Clear your calendars and take a long delayed holiday with friends in beautiful Pinehurst. Golf on a Pinehurst Resort course, cultural excursions, and great entertainment await.
St Andrew was celebrated in Scotland as early as 800AD and after Scottish Independence with the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 he was officially made Patron Saint of Scotland.
How did a Galilean fisherman become the patron saint of Scotland?
Andrew and his brother Simon Peter were the first of the Apostles. Andrew later became the first Arch Bishop of Greece where he was crucified by the Romans. It has been said that he chose a diagonal cross as he was not worthy to die on the same cross as Jesus.
Legend has two stories about Scotland and Andrew.
A Greek Monk by the name of St. Regulus or St Rule had a vision to take St. Andrew relics to the “ends of the earth” and he ended up on the coast of Fife at what is now the city of St Andrews. During the Scottish Reformation the pilgrimage site was destroyed, but in 1879 the Arch Bishop of Amifa where Andrew’s remains had been moved gave a shoulder blade to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh and Pope Paul VI gave more relics in 1969.
The other legend is of Angus Mac Fergus, King of the Picts, before a battle with the Angles in 832AD, had a vision of St. Andrew and during the battle clouds formed a diagonal cross which inspired the Picts to victory. The Cross of St Andrew became the badge of the Picts.
Gentlemen, charge your glasses and be upstanding: I give you the St. Andrew's Society.