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HAPPY ST. ANDREW'S DAY!
 
St. Andrew's Day is our National Day and marks the beginning of Scotland as a Nation.
Here in Singapore, it is our biggest and most celebrated event....usually....
While we can't celebrate with you in person this year, we still want to send you our very best wishes on this special day.
It's a difficult year and special occasions help to bring us together. While we will miss the skirl of the pipes from the Ghurkas,  The Address and sharing of our beloved Haggis and dancing into the wee small hours with more than a few nippy sweeties under our kilts, the Scots have a history of enduring hardship and difficult times.  It'll just make for a bigger celebration next year!

The good news is you can still enjoy some Haggis and a great Scottish Ale - check out the information below!

For those interested in the history of St. Andrew we've included a wee bit of information below on who he was and why he is so important to Scotland.

'Lang may yer lum reek'

Ian

Scottish Beer & Haggis!


Our Name the Beer competition was won by David Innes who came up with the name "Wee Beastie" - we think it's a perfect name for the 80/- Scottish Ale we made with Little Creatures to celebrate St. Andrew!

We completed our promo video last week and I was joined by David's wife Jasmine and naming runner up Connor McMillan (The Timorous Beastie) to crack the keg. 
It's a delicious smooth ale, malty, packed with flavour but very easy drinking!


Check out the video here!

From November 30 to December 6, Little Creatures are offering $10 pints of Wee Beastie and 20% of Haggis for St. Andrew's Society Members - just quote your membership number at time of ordering!
Who was St. Andrew?
St. Andrew appears in the New Testament as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Andrew was a fisherman along with his brother Peter. Both Peter and John left their boats to follow Christ and become two of his Twelve Apostles. 
In another account, Andrew is listed as a disciple of John the Baptist. Upon meeting Christ, he immediately recognizes him as the Messiah and introduces his brother Peter to Christ, saying “We have found the Messiah”


Why is St. Andrew the patron Saint of Scotland?
There is no one clear tale that answers the question of exactly why St. Andrew is the patron Saint of Scotland.
One story says that in the 9th Century, King Angus in Scotland was preparing for a battle against the English. St. Andrew appeared to King Angus in a dream promising him victory and on the day of the battle, an X symbol appeared in the sky, which was the symbol of St. Andrew. He vowed that if they won, St. Andrew would be made the patron saint of Scotland and of course that is what happened.
Another legend tells of Óengus II, King of Picts and Scots, who led an army against the Angles, a Germanic people that invaded Britain. The Scots were heavily outnumbered, and Óengus prayed the night before battle, vowing to name St. Andrew the patron saint of Scotland if they won. On the day of the battle, white clouds formed an X in the sky. The clouds were thought to represent the X-shaped cross where St. Andrew was crucified. The troops were inspired by the apparent divine intervention, and they came out victorious despite overwhelming odds. True to his word, Óengus named St. Andrew the Patron Saint of Scotland, and St. Andrew’s Day marked Scotland’s victory and new nationhood.


St. Andrew's final resting place
Saint Andrew was ultimately crucified in Greece in 60AD. He was crucified on a cross in the form called 'crux decussata' (X-shaped cross, or "saltire"), now known as St. Andrew's Cross — supposedly at his own request, as he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus had been
 
There are numerous stories about how his remains came to their final resting place in St. Andrews in Scotland.
One probable explanation is that the bones were brought to St. Andrews in 732AD by Acca, Bishop of Hexham who was a venerator of Saint Andrew. The other story suggests that the Greek monk who kept St. Andrew’s relics in Patras was told in a vision to set aside some of St. Andrew’s relics in hide until further instruction. In the following days, the emperor removed the remaining parts of St. Andrew’s body to Constantinople (now an area in Turkey). Then the angel came again in a vision to the Greek monk Rule and told him to take the bones west on a ship and wherever they were shipwrecked he should lay the foundations of a church.

The ship was driven ashore on the headland of Muckross in Fife into the village of Kilrymont, which would later become St. Andrew’s.


St. Andrew's Day Commemoration
The great victory of Scottish independence from the English, at Bannockburn in 1314, was commemorated at the 1318 consecration of St. Andrews Cathedral. Andrew was officially made the nation’s patron saint when Scotland declared its independence from England signed by Robert the Bruce and other Scottish nobles at Arbroath in 1320. Thereafter, Scottish coins began displaying the Cross of St. Andrew, and the cross was made part of official Scottish military insignia. In the 18th century, when Scotland was merged into the United Kingdom, the Cross of St. Andrew was merged with England’s Cross of St. George to form the double cross of the Union Flag.
November 30 is also a day often reserved for symbolic Scottish ceremony, as it was in 1996 when the Stone of Destiny was returned to Scotland after 700 years in English hands. In 1999 Queen Elizabeth II opened the restored Great Hall at Stirling Castle, re-establishing it to its former medieval glory from the days of the great Stewart kings. That same year, Scotland regained much of the status of an independent nation, electing its first parliament in almost three centuries.
Above the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh once again flew the Cross of St. Andrew.
 

Help restore the birthplace of Scotland's flag

Not only the symbol of Scotland but also St Andrew, this is a great initiative.
Learn more here
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