St. Andrew’s Day

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.

The Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis is hosting its annual St. Andrew’s Dinner on Friday, November 30th at 6:30 pm at the Kingshighway Racquet Club.

This is a ticketed event open to the public. Tickets are $40 for society members, $50 for non-members, and can be purchased on our website store. Seating space is limited so please purchase your tickets soon. Formal and Highland dress is encouraged. Valet parking will be provided and is included in the ticket prices.

The evening will feature a social cocktail hour from 6:30 to 7:30, buffet dinner, cash bar, Scottish musical entertainment, raffles, and speeches on Scottish heritage and culture in the 21st century. The buffet dinner includes appetizers, salads, smoked salmon, beef stew, sides, coffee, tea, and desserts. If you have any dietary restrictions, please email the Communications Director Thomas Richardson at (ssas.thistle.times@gmail.com).  You can also check our Facebook page for the latest updates.