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Updated 05/14/2013


The Caledonian Society of London

The Caledonian Club is a private members' club in central London, for Scots in London and their guests.  The club was founded in 1891 as a proprietary club, based in Chares II street, London SW1. It became a members’ club in 1917 when the Marquis of Tullibardine appealed to members to make it "the representative national club and headquarters for Scotsmen in London".

Membership requires at least one Scottish grandparent, or to have served, in the opinion of the committee of the club, “in an important capacity in the public service of Scotland”. Most members are Scots.  The membership comprises a wide cross-section of professions, including lawyers, accountants, bankers and stockbrokers but also professional sportsmen, ambassadors and the armed services.

The club was originally located at 33 St James' Square. It moved to its present location at 9 Halkin Street, London SW1, behind Hyde Park Corner, on 17 October 1946.  The house at 9 Halkin Street was built for Hugh Morrison, a politician first returned to Parliament in 1918 and a wealthy landowner. The clubhouse at Number 9 was the last mansion house of its kind to be built in London.  In 2005-06, it was substantially extended with a new wing providing much enlarged facilities, including a new library, public rooms and many new bedrooms. The new wing was opened by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, on 30 November 2006.