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That the Scots in America have not been solely devoted to business and the promotion of their own selfish welfare is evidenced by the remarkable growth of their numerous Societies based upon the extension of fellowship among Scots in the New World and for the collection and distribution of charitable funds among the poor and needy of their countrymen. The oldest of these Societies, the Scots’ Charitable Society of Boston, was founded January 6, 1657, with twenty-seven members. It was followed by the St. Andrew’s Club of Charleston, S.c (the first to bear the name of St. Andrew), 1729; the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia, December 7, 1749; the St. Andrew’s Society of Savannah, Ga., 1750; the St. Andrew’s Society of the Province, afterward of the State of New York, November 19, 1756; and the St. Andrew’s Society of Albany, N.Y., November 10, 1803; until at the present time, there is no city of any size or importance in the country that does not have its St. Andrew’s Society, or Burns or Caledonian Club, which serves to keep alive the memories of the home-land, to instil patriotism toward the adopted country, and to aid the distressed among their kinsfolk. There are now more than one thousand of these Societies in America, including the Order of Scottish Clans (organized, 1878) a successful fraternal, patriotic and beneficial order, with more than one hundred separate clans, and the Daughters of Scotia, a rapidly growing order for women of Scottish blood, organized in 1898.