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One hundred thousand welcomes! Thank you for visiting the website of the Caledonian Society of Alabama! The Caledonian Society of Alabama is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Scottish Culture and Heritage in the state of Alabama and throughout the Southeast. Although our members are primarily located in the Birmingham area, we have members in all areas of the state plus adjoining states. Like other Scottish enthusiast societies and heritage organizations the world over, the Caledonian Society of Alabama's name derives from Caledonia, the Latin name for modern Scotland, so named for the Pictish tribe called the Caledonii that inhabited the northern portion of the island of Britain at the time of the Roman Empire.
More than two centuries ago, immigrants from Scotland and of the Scottish-inhabited province of Ulster in Northern Ireland known as the Scotch Irish began emigrating to the New World. These people settled the hilly, rugged highlands of the Southeast, reminiscent of their native homeland, in a region known as Appalachia. As the proud descendants of these people we come together to celebrate our heritage, to honor those who came before us, and to preserve their legacy.
The latest statistics show that one out of every four Americans can claim Scottish or Scotch Irish descent. Furthermore, eighty-five percent of the all Scottish descendants live outside of Scotland, and of that, seventy-five percent live in here in America. In an effort to educate the public about the Alabama's proud Scottish Heritage, the Caledonian Society of Alabama hosts quarterly festivities and actively promotes the Scottish arts, such as bagpiping and drumming, Scottish country dancing, Highland dancing, Celtic Harp and other Scottish music. To learn more about the Scottish Arts, please visit our Culture page.
How do I join?
The Caledonian Society of Alabama welcomes ALL individuals of Scottish and Scotch Irish ancestry. We offer Individual Memberships and Family Memberships, as well as Affiliate Memberships for any individual or group interested in supporting the mission and activities of the Caledonian Society of Alabama. Please visit our Membership page to apply to for membership today! For more information, please email us.
What are the benefits of being a member?
The Caledonian Society of Alabama offers all members the opportunity to gather for fellowship and fun by hosting four Special Events each year: Burns Night Supper, Spring Picnic, Fall Picnic, and Saint Andrew's Banquet.
Our Burns Night Supper is held every January and celebrates the birth of the "Immortal Bard" Robert Burns, Scotland's National Poet and composer of "Auld Lang Syne". Here you can enjoy a lively atmostphere, music and entertainment, a cash bar, pot-luck dinner, and perhaps even a visit from Scotland's Favorite Son himself!
Our annual Saint Andrew's Banquet is held in December and celebrates Saint Andrew's Day for the Patron Saint of Scotland, Saint Andrew. Attendance requires reservation for a lovely dinner at the Heatherwood Country Club in Shelby County, Alabama, a Toast to the Haggis, music and entertainment, and a cash bar.
We ALWAYS welcome visitors and prospective members, so please visit our Calendar page for dates and locations.
How can I participate in events?
In our efforts to promote the Scottish Arts, the Caledonian Society of Alabama works to provide information about education in the various Scottish arts, from instruction on the Scottish Bagpipes to the Celtic Harp. We also proudly sponsor the Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band who provides entertainment at all of our annual functions.
To learn more about how to participate in and support the Scottish Arts, please visit our Culture page.
Where can I purchase a kilt?
The Kilt is Scotland's National Garment and is the most ubiquitous symbol of Scotland and Scottish ancestry. A modern kilt is a finely tailored garment that is wrapped around the wearer's body at the waist. It is made of twill-woven worsted wool in the pattern of the wearer's Clan or Family Sett or tartan pattern.
Purchasing a kilt is a serious commitment, and learning how to properly wear the kilt is a skill that requires some learning. We will gladly provide tips about the wearing of Scotland's National Garment as well as helpful information about choosing the proper tartan. For a list of Recommended Vendors, please visit our Helpful Links page or email us for more information.