Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Canada 150 - St Andrew's Society

During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
Click on the Canada 150 label on the right or at the bottom to see all the posts.

Today I have for you...

The St. Andrew's Society

St Andrew's Society Montreal 1886

It seems like the old adage "Birds of a feather flock together" was meant for immigrant societies, which were established to help others from their homeland. 

The St. Andrew's Society was one such group made up of immigrants from Scotland and their descendants. The objectives of the society in the early days were:  

"The Society is instituted for the purpose of affording relief and advice to natives of Scotland and their descendants who may stand in need thereof, and with the view of promoting union among all classes of Scotchmen and those of Scotch origin in Canada"

In big cities and surrounding areas notices ads were placed in the newspaper to recruit Scotchmen to join the society. You may also find minutes of meetings in newspapers.

The reports of meetings and books of the history of societies have lists of members. This is a list of the original members of the first Canadian St Andrew Society in St John, NB..

It gives an insight when you find little notes on a page like this one from Toronto..

The big yearly event in Montreal was the St Andrews Ball.

Read about who attended the ball in 1923 and what the ladies were wearing...

Look for reports of St Andrew's Societies in local libraries and archives. The societies themselves may likely have an archive of reports and lists of members. 

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