|Address||9 Halkin Street
|Clubhouse here since||1946|
|Club established for||Scots|
|Club motto||Floreat Caledonia|
The Caledonian Club is a members' club in central London, for Scots in London and their guests.
The club was founded in 1891 as a proprietary club. It became a members’ club in 1917 when the William Murray, Marquess of Tullibardine appealed to Members to make it "the representative national club and headquarters for Scotsmen in London". The discrete character of the Club is one of its major attractions, whilst founding aims have continued to be achieved and maintained.
There are three main categories of membership: Town, Country, and Overseas. Within each category there are sub-categories relating to age. Individuals who satisfy following qualifications may seek election of the Club, when proposed and seconded by two existing Members or following interview by the Committee:
- being born in Scotland or Scottish descent
- having a close association with Scotland
- being employed in Scotland or by a Scottish company
- having been educated in Scotland or having a recognised Scottish professional qualification
- being a Scottish landowner, or having owned a property in Scotland for at least five years
- having been resident in Scotland for at least five years
- having played or playing a significant role in Scottish life
- being married to, or in civil partnership, with a Scot
- being Alumni Member of one of our partner schools or universities
John Logie Baird, inventor of television was a Member as well as John Smith QC, MP, leader of the Labour Party (UK) until his death in May 1994. Other notable members have included also James Peter Hymers Mackay, Baron Mackay of Clashfern.
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. Halkin Street is named after Halkin Castle, Flintshire, a seat of the Grosvenor family, Dukes of Westminster, who still own the freehold.
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 Club has established various societies:
- Members of the Golfing Society play regularly at prestigious courses throughout the UK, including Loch Lomond, The Berkshire, Woking, and Archerfield, and on an annual visit to France, usually Le Touquet. A unique putting contest takes place within the clubhouse at the annual social evening and guests are tested on their golf knowledge thereafter.
- The Racing Society has currently one horse in training "Fruit Pastille". Members may buy shares in a syndicate or become supporters: they are informed when the horse is racing and have the opportunity to attend races using owners’ and trainers’ facilities. They are kept up-to-date with progress by means of a regular e-newsletter. The AGM and annual dinner is also an opportunity for Members to hear from the trainer on their horses’ progress.
- After lunch at the Club on the first Tuesday of each month, a well-known speaker is invited to talk to The Number 9 Society. Past speakers have included politicians, Scottish sports personalities, captains of industry and ambassadors.
- The Bridge Society meets informally on Mondays, sometimes playing against other clubs.
- A small number of keen amateurs make up the Snooker Society, which also meets informally as well as playing in an annual competition against other London clubs.
- The Shooting and Fishing Society hosts numerous events throughout the country, including a highly sociable competition against the New Club, Edinburgh.
- The Musical Society organises a series of performances by world-class young musicians in spring and autumn.
The Burns Club of London, The Caledonian Society of London, The Royal Caledonian School and many other Scottish organisations meet regularly at The Caledonian Club.
There are reciprocal arrangements with clubs in Scotland (the New Club in Edinburgh, The Western in Glasgow, Royal Northern and University Club in Aberdeen and the Royal Perth Golfing Society) and County and City Club, London and the south east, and some 60 clubs worldwide, including the Hong Kong Club, the Hurlingham Club in Argentina, the Royal Bachelors' Club in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Australian Club.