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Burns Concert On January 29

The Caledonian Club’s annual Burns  Concert will be held at the historic Kirk of St. James, 35 Fitzroy St, Charlottetown,  on Friday, January  29, 2016, with a storm date set for Saturday, January 30th , same time and place. Admission: $15.00 adults, under 12 free.

The concert will be hosted by Club President Horatio Toledo and feature vocalist Eddy Quinn of Fiddler’s Sons fame.  The Belfast Pipe and Drum Band will ring the rafters of the Kirk and folklorist, writer, musician, and historian Clansman Jim Hornby will delight us with selections of the Bard’s poetry.  Rounding out the program will be the musical talents of Clansman Todd MacLean.

It is written that the first supper was held in memoriam at Burns Cottage by Robert Burns’ friends on 21 July 1801, the fifth anniversary of his death, and have been a regular occurrence ever since.  The Caledonian Club of Prince Edward Island has celebrated with an annual Burns Concert since 1889.  To appropriately mark  the occasion, there will be a haggis ceremony honouring the national dish of Scotland with the parading of the candle-lit haggis into the sanctuary cradled on the specially crafted tray carried by Financial Secretary Douglas MacNevin and led by an assembly of Pipers.  The Burns’ “Address To A Haggis”   will be recited by Clansman Roddy MacLean. There will be a reception following the concert with haggis and light refreshments served and a membership table will be available throughout the evening.

St. Andrew’s Dinner – November 27  –

The highlight of the Caledonian Club’s annual St. Andrew’s Dinner was the warm and inspiring speech delivered by Hon. Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island, beginning with a reminder that this being the 151st dinner demonstrates the Club’s continuous service to the preservation of Scottish heritage and values.  The Premier honoured the work of President Horatio, Chief Eleanor and former Chief Cecil for their personal contributions and the Club’s contributions under their leadership to the Scottish legacy of service.  He reminisced about his parents’ attendance at the International Scottish Gathering in Edinburgh and his and his partner Duncan’s ties to the Scottish clans of their ancestors.  Premier MacLauchlan encouraged the guests to be proud of who we are and the tradition of service our ancestors have given us.  He cited examples in John Hamilton Gray, Premier of Prince Edward Island,  one of the Fathers of Confederation, and founder of our Club, his grandson Frederick Peters, awarded the DSO and Victoria Cross, Scottish Premiers Thane Campbell, Alex B. Campbell, and Angus MacLean to show that “it runs in the blood to give service.”  He closed with a call to adopt the creed that “we think and speak well of ourselves and others.”

The dinner organization was Chaired by Chief, Eleanor Boswell, and committee members Clansman Douglas MacKenzie and Clansman John Bryanton, was held Friday, November 27, at the Jack Blanchard Family Centre on Pond Street in Charlottetown.   Head Table guests included His Honour Lieutenant-Governor Frank Lewis, Her Honour Dorothy Lewis, Hon. Wade MacLaughlan, Premier of PEI, his partner Duncan McIntosh, Charlottetown City Councillor, Eddy Rice, Caledonian Club President, Horatio Toledo,  Caledonian Club Chief, Eleanor Boswell, Mrs. Roseanne Macdonald and Clansman Philip Macdonald as emcee. Clansman Arnold Smith spoke of his Nicholson ancestors and the gratitude so cogently expressed by his grandfather and then led everyone in offering  the Selkirk Grace followed.  Parade of the Haggis was led by Piper Major Matthew MacLaine, bearer clansman Douglas MacNevin with Clansman Blair MacPhail giving a bonnie recitation of Burns’ Address to the Haggis.  The toast to the Queen given by Chief Eleanor Boswell, toast to the club by Clansman Roddie MacLean, toast to the lassies by Clansman Larry MacKinnon, and the Lassies’ response by Clanswoman Kirsten MacLaine.  Clansman Gary MacDougall introduced the guest speaker.

The club was treated to entertainment for the evening including highland dancers Janelle Banks and Shona Arsenault.  They are versatile young dancers who have performed and competed at numerous events.  Pipe Major Matthew MacLaine accompanied the dancers for their performance, and the very talented soloist for the evening was Clanswoman Kirsten MacLaine.  The MacLaine family is P. E. I.’s answer to the Von Trapp family, all they have to do is have another boy and two girls.

The 2015 Caledonian Award, sponsored by Island Petroleum, was presented by Club President, Horatio Toledo,  to this year’s recipient, none other than Caledonian Club Chief, Eleanor Boswell, with a glowing citation delivered by Clanswoman Anne Smith, in honour of  all of her year’s of work in maintaining Scottish traditions.  Eleanor was elected as the first female president of the Caledonian Club of P.E.I., in 2008, and had previously served as first vice president, secretary, and chaired various committees.  Her hard work has also recognized through her receipt of the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013.  In 2015 the Cub presented her a plaque thanking her and acknowledging her many efforts in co-ordinating the events of the Sesquicentennial Year of the Caledonian Club of Prince Edward Island.

Robbie Burns Dinner  –  Belfast Pipe & Drum Band

The Belfast Pipe & Drum Band is having a fundraising Robbie Burns Dinner on January 23, 2016, at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel 6:00 for 7:00 pm.  There will be a draw for West Jet Tickets for 2 anywhere in the world Ceilidh at 8:30 pm.  The Band appreciates our support.  Buy your tickets early to avoid missing this wonderful event. Contact: Kim Doherty‑Smith 902‑213‑1364 or Colin MacIsaac

Club Matters


The Caledonian Club holds a regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of the month. The meetings are held at 7:00 pm in Board Room of the Tourism and Culinary Centre, 4 Sydney Street.  All members are welcome to attend.

December Meeting

Thank you to Clansman Douglas MacKenzie and the staff of Dr. John M. Gillis Memorial Lodge, Belfast, for once again hosting the Club’s December monthly meeting on Monday, December 14, 2015.   The hospitality was outstanding and the lunch provided was wonderfully delicious.  Scott MacDonald the son of the (Late) W. Blair MacDonald who served as President in 1952 and Chief in 1955 has gifted a Balmoral bonnet worn by his father and a piece of Royal Stewart tartan cloth which have been recorded on the Club’s inventory list. All agreed that Clansman Robert MacArthur was welcome to wear the Balmoral bonnet since it fit so perfectly.  Chief Eleanor announced with great sadness the death of John Bryanton. Members of the club discussed fond memories of long time member John Bryanton and spoke of how much John contributed to the Club over the years, and how he will be missed. Club members attended his Funeral as a body.  We note as well the passing of long time club member Catherine Gillis of New Argyle. A dedicated member of the Caledonian Club she attended our Burns Concert’s for many years. In 2010, the Club recognized her dedication of attending the Burns Concert for 10 years at that time.

Reception at Government House in honour of visit by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

Clansman Douglas MacKenzie also answered the Government House request that the Club provide a representative member to attend a function at Government House, with an opportunity to meet Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.   The Chief received the call and she contacted Douglas to send her a brief bio and she commented that it was very brief, which is a testament to his humility.   Prince Edward was visiting on the occasion of  the 60th Anniversary of the PEI Regiment on Nov 2nd.  as well as the presentation of Gold  Duke of Edinburgh Awards to 8 Island children, whose parents were also in attendance.  His Honour Lt. Governor Lewis, being Patron of our Club, requested that our club send a representative and Douglas did us proud.  At the same time the Prince was here to celebrate a Special Olympics event at UPEI.

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The Presentation of the 2015 Caledonian Award, sponsored by Island Petroleum, (left to right)  Club President, Horatio Toledo, His Honour, Lt. Governor Frank Lewis, the Honourable Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island, this year’s recipient, Chief Eleanor Boswell and Clansman Douglas MacKenzie.


Upcoming events include Tartan Day Celebrations April 6, 2016, and the Caledonian Club’s 2015 PEI Highland Games and Scottish Festival on August 6 & 7, 2016, at the Lord Selkirk Campground, Eldon. Plans are underway for the upcoming games and information will be posted on the Club’s website at later date.


Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors!!

Dr. John Gillis Memorial Lodge           Campbell’s Concrete    Morley Annear Ltd.      

Cooper’s Red & White,                         Eastern Graphic                       Fair Isle Ford

Island Petroleum                                  Kings County Constn.  MacLean’s Ready Mix

PEI Tourism                                         Thompson Septic


Membership Renewal

Membership table will be set up at the  Burn’s Concert or can be renewed with the form found online at:

Click on this link to download the Membership Form