Celebrating our Patron Saint: Andrew
Andrew the Apostle is the patron saint of Scotland and is central part of the country's national identity. A number of legends swirl around, but many claim that the bones of St. Andrew were brought to Scotland, historically on the grounds of the modern day town of St. Andrews.
St. Andrew and the Saltire Cross
The most enduring legend of St. Andrew's influence in Scotland came from the heat of battle. In 832 AD, an army of Picts and Scots led by Oengus II was on the eve of battling a significantly larger army of Angles in the region of East Lothian. That night, he prayed that if he and his army won the battle, he would proclaim St. Andrew as the patron saint of Scotland. When morning arrived he saw what he took as divine inspiration: two long white clouds in the formation of an 'X' hovered in the sky above his army. Spurred on by this miracle, Oengus' combined army soundly defeated the Angles and immediately after, he proclaimed St. Andrew as the patron saint of Scotland. That image of white clouds against the sky blue background became the legendary inspiration for the flag of Scotland.
As the namesake for our society, we honor St. Andrew by celebrating our heritage together on St. Andrew's Day, November 30th. The dates and times can be subject to change, depending on the day of the week. If you'd like to join us for this event, stay tuned for future updates on date, time, location, and attire.
Wooden carving of St. Andrew in the National Museum of Scotland