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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4703
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1843-2005
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3 linear metres
Name of creator(s): The Caledonian Society of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Caledonian Society of London was established in about 1837 with the objective:
.... 'to promote good fellowship and brotherhood, and to combine efforts for benevolent and national objects connected with Scotland, also to preserve the picturesque garb of Old Gaul'...
from 'The Chronicles of the Caledonian Society of London 1837-1905' page 2

The Society has supported Scottish charities in London since its establishment and assisted with the foundation of The London Scottish Regiment in 1859.

As well as financial support, between 1890 and 1967 the Society published 'The Chronicles of the Caledonian Society' essentially an historical account of the Society detailing proceedings and including biographies of former Presidents and senior members of the committee.

Membership is limited to 100 and members must be Scotsmen of men with close connections to Scotland or Scottish Institutions.

The Society still continues to honour its original aims of goodfellowship and philanthropic interests by holding six dinners per session usually at The Caledonian Club near Hyde Park. The Dinners are a grand affair which include sentiments given by the principal guest and speakers and entertainments from singers and other musicians complementing the traditional piping. The Dinners help raise funds for the London-Scottish Charities Scotscare and The Royal Caledonian Education Trust.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of The Caledonian Society of London including minutes and administrative papers, membership papers and correspondence, menu cards and recording of speeches from the Society Dinners, a series of The Chronicle of The Caledonian Society and photographs of past Presidents.

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System of arrangement:

Arranged as follows:
LMA/4703/A - Governance
LMA/4703/B - Administration
LMA/4703/C - Members
LMA/4703/D - Finance
LMA/4703/E - Functions
LMA/4703/F - Publications
LMA/4703/G - Photographs

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the depositor.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in November 2012.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Added May 2016.

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