The Caledonian Club was formed to promote Scottish Heritage in western Florida and to provide a social venue for anyone with Scottish Heritage or is interested in things Scottish

Scottish Social Clubs

 SCOTTISH SOCIAL CLUBS

Our Scottish Social Club, THE CALEDONIAN CLUB OF FLORIDA WEST,  is located in Sarasota, Florida

SARASOTA’S SCOTTISH HISTORY

The Caledonian Club of Florida West, a local Scottish Social Club has been involved in preserving Sarasota’s historical link  to Scotland.  Sarasota settled was settled  by a group of hearty Scots in 1885.  Our club was founded in 1985 to provide support for the city centennial celebration. Since that time we have made ourselves available to our community any time there was a call to for anything related to Scottish and Sarasota history.  This included the supply of tartans from our vast collection of Scottish tartans for any festivals and celebrations, as well as contributions from our foundation and club member manpower whenever any organization had a need for our knowledge and support relating to Scottish History and Sarasota’s special link to Scotland.

SCOTTISH CLANS AND TARTANS

Scottish Clans are  kinship groups, which provided a sense of shared identity and descent, as well as protection to its members.  In modern times clans have an official structure recognized by the Court of the Lord Lyon.  The court regulates the use all coats of arms, crests and tartan patterns.  Most clans have their own tartan patterns, usually dating from the 19th century, which members may incorporate into kilts or other clothing.

For more information regarding Scottish Tartans, please follow the link to The Scottish Tartans Museum.

Many clans have their own clan chief; those that do not are known as armigerous clans. Clans generally identify with geographical areas originally controlled by their founders, sometimes with an ancestral castle and clan gatherings which form a regular part of the social scene.

It is a common misconception that every person who bears a clan’s name is a lineal descendant of the chief.  Many clansmen although not related to the chief took the chief’s surname as their own to show solidarity, or for basic protection, and much needed sustenance.

SCOTTISH FACTS

Here are some of Scottish facts that you may find interesting:

The motto of Scotland is “Nemo me impune lacessit”, or: “No one provokes me with impunity”. It is used by the Order of the Thistle (which is an order of chivalry associated with Scotland), and on later versions of the Royal coat of arms.

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, is only its second largest city, after Glasgow.

The official animal of Scotland is the Unicorn.

Scotland has approximately 790 islands, 130 of which are inhabited.

The Hamilton Mausoleum in South Lanarkshire has the longest echo of any man-made structure in the world; a whole 15 seconds.

Edinburgh was the first city in the world which had its own fire brigade.

Like Rome, Edinburgh was built on seven hills and the capital has more listed buildings than anywhere in the world.

Scotland had its own monarch until 1603.  Elizabeth I died, James VI of Scotland also became James I of England, ruling both countries.

The official religion of Scotland is Christianity, with churches traditionally being called “kirks”.

The very first recorded appearance of the elusive Loch Ness Monster occurred in 565 AD, when a ” water beast ” was said to have attacked one of St. Columba’s followers in the loch. ”’

Scottish city Aberdeen is known as Europe’s oil capital, or the “Granite City”.

St Andrews Links is considered the “home of golf”; the sport has been played there since the 15th century.

The country is a favorite with the Royal family, who holiday at Balmoral castle in Royal Deeside.

The raincoat was invented  in 1824 in Scotland by Charles Macintosh, a chemist born in Glasgow. In Great Britain, the garment is still called a “Mac”.

Edinburgh was home to Skye terrier Grey Friar’s Bobby, who captured the hearts of the nation by sitting on the grave of his dead owner for 14 years.

The highest point in Scotland is Ben Nevis,  at  4,406 feet or or 1343 meters.

HOW DO I JOIN A SCOTTISH SOCIAL CLUB?

Many Scottish Social Clubs in the United States welcome new members at any time.  For example, our club welcomes anyone who would like to connect with fellow Scots, those of Scottish Heritage, and those interested in things Scottish.  We also want to provide an outlet for our members to celebrate and communicate their own Scottish interests and heritage among friends.  Prospective members may search the internet using key words such as: Scottish Social Clubs, Scottish  Heritage, Scottish Clans, Scottish Tartans and the like.

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