History of St. Andrew’s Day

The New Testament of the Bible states that Saint Andrew was born in Bethesda and was the younger brother of St. Peter. Both he and Peter were fishermen–until Jesus called them to become “fishers of men.” He is believed to have been at Jesus’s Last Supper and is reported to have died on an “X” shaped cross in Greece. St. Andrew has been the patron saint of Scotland since the 9th century. However, it wasn’t until 2007 that St. Andrew’s Day became an official bank holiday in Scotland.

From Guthrie Stewart, St. Andrew’s Society Ball Chair, St. Andrew's Society of Montreal -



We are pleased to extend an invitation to Celtic societies worldwide for our special 2020 Montreal St. Andrew's Society UN-Ball to be held online on Friday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m. (GMT-5). We would be delighted if you would join us!


This virtual event will feature Scottish music, piping and dancing (including a unique dance lesson!)—many of the traditions much loved at our annual Ball.


Virtual Tickets are $20 CAD per household at https://www.standrewsball.com/tickets.html.

All ticket purchasers will receive a Zoom link to join the UN-Ball.


Founded in 1835, the St Andrew's Society has served Scots and those of Scots descent in Montreal, through social activities and service to the community.  For more information, visit our website at www.standrews.qc.ca.

From Chicago Scots –

175th Anniversary

Virtual Saint Andrew’s Day Gala

“The Feast of the Haggis”


The Chicago Scots invite everyone who is Scottish by birth, by heritage, or inclination to enjoy a historic evening of Scottish celebration.  Join us on Saint Andrew’s Day as we salute Scottish identity, honor distinguished leaders, and support the vital work of Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care.


November 30, 2020

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Event will be held online.

There is no cost for the program but registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-175th-annual-feast-of-the-haggis-and-st-andrews-day-gala-tickets-127343871949.  Visit chicagoscots.org/175th or email info@chicagoscots.org for additional information.