The Caledonian Club was formed to promote Scottish Heritage in western Florida and to provide a social venue for anyone with Scottish Heritage or is interested in things Scottish

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 The Caledonian Club of  Florida West

Welcome to our Website!

Allan M

If you haven’t heard of us before, we’re glad you found us on line. If you’re already a member, browse through our site to see what’s happening, visit our past event page to see what we have been doing, or  follow the past newsletters link to view more information regarding our events and activities.

The Club also contributes greatly to Sarasota County by providing our unique collection of Scottish Tartans at a variety of functions. Our charitable Foundation also contributes funds for the preservation our community’s Scottish Heritage.

If you’re interested in things Scottish, the preservation of Sarasota’s Scottish heritage and good fun. I hope you’ll join us for our festivities and fellowship. Feel free to contact us directly anytime.

President, Allan McIlraith

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 THE TWENTY FIRST ANNUAL SARASOTA HIGHLAND GAMES ARE COMING UP

Join us on January 31st 2015 at Robarts Arena in Sarasota.

Border Collies

 Come for a day of Scottish competition and culture. Get your tickets online and save. Also don’t forget the ceilidh with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Friday Night.

For More Information See the Events Page or View the Flyer

Get your discounted tickets online and save!  Sarasota Highland Games Tickets

THIS EVENT IS PRESENTED ANNUALLY BY THE SCOTTISH HERITAGE SOCIETY AND THIS YEAR THE CALEDONIAN CLUB WILL BE PROUD SPONSORS OF TWO OF THE SHEEP HERDING DEMONSTRATIONS.

(Border Collie Photo by Border Collics Anonymous)

 

TRADITIONAL SONGS OF SCOTLAND

MY AIN FOLK

Far frae my hame I wander, but still my thoughts return,
To my ain folk ower yonder, in the sheiling by the burn.
I see the cosy ingle, and the mist abune the brae:
And joy and sadness mingle, as I list some auld-world lay.

And it’s oh! but I’m longin’ for my ain folk,
Tho’ they be but lowly, puir and plain folk:
I am far beyond the sea, but my heart will ever be,
At home in dear auld Scotland, wi’ my ain folk.

0′ their absent ane they’re telling, the auld folk by the fire:
And I mark the swift tears welling, as the ruddy flame leaps high’r.
How the mither wad caress me, were I but by her side:
Now she prays that Heav’n will bless me, tho’ the stormy seas divide.

And it’s oh! but I’m longin’ for my ain folk,
Tho’ they be but lowly, puir and plain folk:
I am far beyond the sea, but my heart will ever be
At home in dear auld Scotland, wi’ my ain folk.

 

BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

For that is the mark of the Scots of all classes:
that he stands in an attitude towards the past
unthinkable to Englishmen, and remembers and
cherishes the memory of his forebears, good or
bad; and there burns alive in him a sense of identity
with the dead even to the twentieth generation.