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
to the webmaster for further information. There are no meetings in
July or August -- it's an excellent time to visit Scotland!
is Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2pm.
As in past years, we have it on good authority that a kilted Santa is very
likely to appear with gifts for the children... If you will be bringing
children, or grandchildren, (under 19) please let Myra Ballantyne know
how many and their ages, by Wednesday, Dec. 14th, so that we may get an
accurate headcount. Thanks...
(Click here for details.)
History and Purpose
Now in our 54th 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 or
early December (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
and let us know what you have planned.