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St Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint, was celebrated by Scots around the world. In Asia, early references come from India where dinners were, by the 1850s, a common affair and widely reported in the press. They only achieved a more stable base, however, in the late-nineteenth century. As Stewart, in his exploration of the jute industry in Calcutta, has noted, the dinners were ‘the most important public ceremonial occasion each year for the British community’.
From India Scottish dinners soon extend their geographic reach—a development in unison with the expansion of the British sphere of influence in the Far East. We … Read more
On 1 October 1918, 96 years ago today, a short notice was printed in the Straits Times—a Singapore-based broadsheet—detailing the recent charitable efforts of the Singapore St Andrew’s Society. The Society’s Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, A.M. McNeil, had written to the publication to inform readers that recent donations from Society members to the Scottish Soldiers Comfort Fund had amassed a total of $5,540—a sum which was to be sent directly to the St Andrew’s Society in Edinburgh (Straits Times, 1 October 1918). A subsequent article about the charitable activities of the Scots in Singapore, printed the following … Read more
One common activity of expats abroad – in the past as well as now – is to come together for joint events. This could be a football match, with sport having long since offered a potent hook for joint activities. National days, official or unofficial, also provide a key means to do so. For the Scots the celebration of their patron saint St Andrew was of great importance and has strong historical roots around the world. Let us look at some examples from Asia.
‘No saint in the calendar’, observed a reporter in the Hong Kong Daily Press in 1886, … Read more