The Scottish Society of Dallas
Sharing Scottish History & Culture with North Texans since 1963...

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Over 50 Years of Cultural Education

If you are Scottish, of Scottish descent, or you just like kilts and bagpipes, you are invited to join The Scottish Society of Dallas. We generally meet on the third Sunday of the month, September through May. The June meeting is on the fourth Sunday, because Fathers Day is the third. Check the meeting schedule page to be sure and/or feel free to Send Email to the webmaster for further information. There are no meetings in July or August -- it's an excellent time to visit Scotland!

Our next meeting is Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2pm.

For the May meeting member Mike Elliott - Chef Mike as we like to call him - will present another in his series of "Cooking With Mike" presentations.

The May meeting will also include the election of officers for the 2016-2017 Meeting Year.

History and Purpose

Now in our 53rd year of operation, The Scottish Society of Dallas was organized at the Salado Gathering of the Clans, in Salado, TX in the fall of 1963. The original name was "Scottish Clans of North Texas, in Dallas, Texas". The organizers were Jean Luch, Bill Bell, Bill McRight, and others. Early meetings were held at the Luby's Cafeteria in Preston Center until being moved to the Garland Women's Activities Building where we meet today. Over the years the Society has supported the Dallas Highland Games held at Samuel Park, the International Bazaar at Dallas City Hall, the Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games in Arlington, and the State Fair of Texas.

The purpose of the Society is to share and further Scottish culture.

To that end, the Society sponsors an annual Tartan Day Ceilidh (like: kay-lee) in late March or early April, which is free to the public, and a St. Andrew's Dinner & Dance in late November (to which the general public is cordially invited), joining Scots the world over in recognition of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. Other Society activities involve participation in the North Texas Irish Fest at Fair Park (March), the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Arlington (May), the Plano International Fest (October) and finally the Gathering of the Clans and Highland Games in Salado (November). Click here for additional information on these and other Society activities/events.

In addition to the regularly scheduled activities listed above, we participate in multi-cultural events for schools, civic organizations, retirement centers and the like. We can bring a contingent of members (with the gents attired in kilts, of course) to your organization's meeting or event to simply represent Scotland or we can present a more formal program about Scotland. We can talk about Scottish culture and history or the impact of Scottish immigrants upon North Texas, our state as a whole and our nation. When arrangements are made far enough in advance, our program can include demonstrations of traditional Highland dances, courtesy of the Dallas Highland Dancers. If you'd like us to participate in your event, send us an email and let us know what you have planned.

- Thank You! -

The Society would like to thank all those who helped make this year's Tartan Day Ceilidh a success! (10-Apr-2016) In particular: The North Texas Caledonian Pipes & Drums, Seamus Stout, the Dallas Highland Dancers; Mr. Mark Kenneth and Society Board Member Jean Seigel for their musical contributions; and finally members of the Scottish-American Military Society, who provided the color guard for the opening.

Lastly, a big thank you is due to all of the Society members who helped out behind the scenes. You all know who you are, and we thank you! We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2017. (Specific date to be determined.)