Preserving Scottish Heritage

For Future Generations

St. Andrew's Dinner

St. Andrew's Day is the feast day of Saint Andrew. It is celebrated on or near the 30th of November.

St. Andrew of Scotland

Saint Andrew, the First-called, is a Christian Apostle and the brother of Saint Peter. Andrew is said to have been martyred by crucifixion at the city of Patras in Achaea, on the northern coast of the Peloponnese. Early texts describe Andrew as bound, not nailed, to a Latin cross of the kind on which Jesus is said to have been crucified; yet a tradition developed that Andrew had been crucified on a cross of the form called Crux decussata (X-shaped cross, or "saltire"), now commonly known as a "Saint Andrew's Cross" — supposedly at his own request, as he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus had been.

One legend says that a man who later became St. Regulus (or Rule) carried the bones of St. Andrew to Scotland. His ship was wrecked on the Fife coast, and the spot at which the ship landed became the site of the town of St. Andrews. A cathedral was built there which was started in 1160 and took 158 years to build (the ruins can still be seen today) and the town became an important site of Christian pilgrimage.

In A.D. 832 an army made up of Picts under King Angus and Scots led by Eochaidh, King of Dalriada, were fleeing from a large contingent of Northumbrian Angles. The Northumbrian army surrounded the Picts and King Angus realized he’d have to turn and fight. The night before the battle, as the forces mustered around him, he prayed for a miracle. According to legend, Saint Andrew came to him in a vision and not only promised that he would survive but also that he would be victorious in battle. King Angus vowed that if this came true he would adopt Saint Andrew as the patron saint of Alba (Scotland).

The Scottish Flag Heritage Centre LogoAs the two armies met the next day it is said that a white cloud formation of a saltire formed against the blue sky. This encouraged the Picts and Dalriadian Scots to fight on, and they triumphed on the battlefield, killing the Northumbrian King and routing the Angle army.

From that day on, the Saltire (Saint Andrew's Cross) was adopted as the emblem of Scotland and Saint Andrew was indeed adopted as Scotland’s national Saint and making the Scottish flag the world's oldest national flag.

Join us for our annual St. Andrews’ Dinner!

Annual Robert Burns' Dinner and Ball

Robert Burns Dinner

Scottish Society of Mobile Invites you to attend the Robert Burns Annual Supper and Ball

The evening includes; fine dining, live Celtic music, dancing, and a raffle with proceeds going to support the Scottish Society of Mobile's scholarship fund.

Alabama Proclamations Signings

Alabama Scottish Heritage Month and Tartan Day Proclamations Signings

Scottish Society of Mobile officers and board members were present for Governor Riley’s signing of the Proclamation designating April 6 as Tartan Day and April as Scottish Heritage Month in Alabama, at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 21, 2008.