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A Tribute To Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Queen of Canada, Head of the Commonwealth (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD)

Letter of Condolence to the Representative of the Scottish Government USA

September 13, 2022

Mr. Christopher Thomson


Scottish Government USA

British Embassy  Washington


Dear Chris,

On behalf of the St. Andrew's Society of Baltimore, I wish to express our deepest condolences on the loss of our dear Queen Elizabeth. Fair, mild of temperament and loyal to her subjects were just a few of the many attributes she possessed. We lament her loss, pray for her soul and pray for the future of the Commonwealth. We wish health, longevity and peace for King Charles now and in the future. We're certain he will be a thoughtful and strong leader able to guide and inspire us as we enter a time fraught with economic maladies and the sounds of swords being drawn in various parts of the world. May God be his guide and the Holy Spirit be his inspiration.

William Ernie Brandt, Sr.

President, St Andrew's Society of Baltimore

Mr. Thomson's response:


Thank you so much for your kind message of condolence. This is, of course, a difficult time for many both here at the Embassy and back in the UK – and we appreciate your thoughts and wishes. 

Very best,


Third Annual Course on the American Scottish Identity Syllabus

September 12, 2022

Scottish History and Heritage Course Sep 14-Nov 16 2022

9-14   Introduction to Scottish History and Heritage Course/ Scotland and European migration Rod McCaslin

9-21   Introduction to Scottish and Gaelic Music/Song Scott Morrison

9-28    Scots and the British Empire Rod McCaslin

10-5    Scottish Current Affairs Chris Thompson Counsellor Scottish Government 

10-12  Scottish Piper-History of Bagpipes and Bagpipe competition Ed Kitowski

10-19  TBD Chris Wilson

10-26  Scottish Heroes and Scotch Whisky Steve Grant

11-2    Normanization of Scotland Seen Through a Family History John Polk

11-9    Highlanders Colonization and Salvation of Georgia John Miles

11-16  Capt. Kidd, Scottish Sailor and Pirate John Miles

Please join us for these insights into our heritage!

Third Annual Course on the American Scottish Identity

September 6, 2022

Dr. Jack Gordon will again facilitate a course on the significant contributions to our American culture by Scots and those of Scots descent.  There will be two 5 week sessions beginning in September at the Hunt Valley Campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 11101 McCormick Drive, Hunt Balley.  Classes are each Wednesday 1:30-2:45 pm.  

Further details can be found by contacting Bess at  443-840-2222 ext 123.

To register for this course, please click here: https://www.ccbcmd.edu/Programs-and-Courses-Finder/course/HIT/140

2022-2023 Past Presidents' Heritage Scholarship

August 12, 2022

Victoria Schofield, a graduate of the Towson High School Law and Public Policy Program, is the winner of the 2022-2023 Past Presidents’ Heritage Scholarship.  Victoria, who plans to attend Sweet Briar College in the Fall, scored first in a field of four highly competitive applicants, all of whom will receive scholarships funded by the St. Andrew’s Society Foundation.  

The other scholarship recipients are Charles Brocato, who plans to major in Computer Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, Donovan Dartez, who will study Biology at the University of Miami, and Andrew McElwain, who will work toward a degree in Elementary Education.  

Valuing education is one of the pillars of our Scottish heritage. (In Scotland today, resident Scots working on their first undergraduate study tuition free.)  We are proud to see this year’s scholars carrying forward that tradition and pleased that the St. Andrew’s Society is able to assist them.  Anyone wishing to support the scholarship program can make a donation or bequest designated for scholarships to The St. Andrew’s Society Foundation.

2022 Kirkin' o' the Tartan St. Anne's Episcopal Church Annapolis
June 19, 2022

After a long hiatus due to the recent epidemic, we have resumed our tradition of Kirkin' o' the Tartan.  The Society gathered at St. Annes for the ceremonial blessing of representative tartans.  As many will recall, this is primarily a North American tradition begun in 1941 to raise funds for British War Relief.  Our next Kirkin' is scheduled for 20 November, 2022 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in north Baltimore.  Details will be forthcoming as the time approaches.

2022 Challenge Charger Award Presentations
June 18, 2022

After a three year hiatus due to the COVID epidemic the U.S. PIPING FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION resumed at the Essex Campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.  Nine professional competitors presented examples of traditional pipe music in the  “Piobaireachd” and “March, Strathspey & Reel” genres.
Our Foundation provides the USPF with $5000 annually as part of SASB’s Education & Heritage outreach and sponsors the Challenge Charger award.  In the photo above, President Ernie Brandt is congratulating Nick Hudson of Texas who is the 2022 U.S. Piping Foundation winner of The St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore “Challenge Charger” for Professional March, Strathspey & Reel.
Ernie Brandt presents the Charger to Nick Hudson, winner of the March, Strathspey, and Reel competition.

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