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St Columba’s Church

Crown Court Church

ScotsCare/Royal Scottish Corporation

Royal Caledonian Education Trust

Running a school in Hertfordshire during the Great War, the Royal Caledonian Education Trust had originally been established in London as the Caledonian Asylum in 1815. The charity provided an education for children with fathers serving in the British armed forces or Merchant Navy, as well children of poor Scots in London.
By mid-1915, ‘Old Caleys’ were serving all across the globe and by the war’s end a significant number had been killed or wounded. The children attending the Schools from 1914 until 1918 were more affected than most by the casualties on the home front with 49 children on the roll whose fathers had been killed in action. By late March 1918, the headmaster sought to prevent the children’s thoughts from dwelling too much on what was happening on the front line, urging them to find ways they might ‘relieve distress and do good’.

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London Scottish Football Club

The Caledonian Society of London

The Caledonian Society of London was instituted in 1839 for the advancement of Scottish national philanthropic interests and good fellowship amongst London Scots. This included support for the two London-Scottish charities, the Royal Scottish Corporation and the Royal Caledonian Schools. Soon after the outbreak of war the society ceased social activities but maintained its charitable interests through the Federated Council of Scottish Associations.

The Caledonian Club

The Caledonian Club, founded in 1891, was purchased by its members in 1917. Chairman John Stewart-Murray, the Marquis of Tullibardine, led the appeal for funds, writing that it was then ‘the rendezvous for a very large number of Scottish officers and in peace-time it is almost home for them’. An illuminated roll of honour records the 209 names of members who died in the Great War. It was rescued from the old Club, bombed in World War Two and is now located in Halkin Street, along with the Courage and Sacrifice War Memorial. The Club is thriving and continues to provide a friendly environment for Scots living in London and visiting from Scotland and overseas, with a membership of over 1300.

The Burns Club of London

Founded in 1868, The Burns Club of London has played a key role in the cultural life of London Scots for 150 years. Its reduced programme of social gatherings during the Great War helped to maintain morale among its members at home and enabled it to entertain hundreds of troops passing through London, send comfort parcels to men at the front and greatly increase its support of Scottish charities.

Scots Guards

London Scottish Regiment

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