Royal Caledonian Ball in London- 3 May 2013

The Royal Caledonian Ball started sometime in the 1840s as a private gathering given by the Duke and Duchess of Atholl for their Scottish friends who resided in London. By 1849, still at their invitation, it became a subscription dance for the purposes of collecting funds for Scottish charities, albeit with a decidedly Highland bias. Records show that the ball has been held annually ever since; cancellations only occurring with events beyond the committee’s control! No balls took place during the Boer War, following the death of Edward VII in 1910 and during the First and Second World Wars. Over more than one hundred and fifty years it has grown into one of the highlights of the London Season and a most successful vehicle for raising large sums of money. It must by now have a good chance of ranking as the oldest charity ball in the world.
The 165th Caledonian Ball will be held on May 3rd, 2013.
Dinner will be held at 86 Park Lane, part of Grosvenor House Hotel.
The evening will start with a Reception held in the Albermarle Room with wonderful views of Hyde Park. Guests are then piped to their private dining rooms and served with a delicious three course dinner followed by coffee, before making their way to the Great Room for the ball.
Hosts wishing to put forward sets for possible inclusion in the opening set reel should contact Guy Dawson via email to

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