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In Their Own Words

November 30, 1738

Festival of St. Andrew Celebrated

The “Scotch” were celebrated with a festival on this day in Savannah, as noted by William Stephens :

“…This being the Festival of St. Andrew, which the Scotch always celebrate in the best Manner they can; and was annually taken Notice of here, as a Compliment due to that Nation: Upon my going out towards Noon, I observed there was no Flag hoisted at the Guard, nor any Preparations to fire any Guns, as customary; Mr. Causton now not concerning himself in such Affairs, the other Magistrates either forgetting or neglecting it, and Mr. Jones unacquainted with it; wherefore upon my telling him what had been usual, he ordered some damaged Powder (fit for all such Occasions) to be delivered for the present Purpose; and I ordered the Flag to be displayed: Whereupon the Scotch of best Distinction all assembled at a Tavern, where several others joined them, who thought it would be kindly taken, towards Evening; when eleven Guns were fired, several publick Healths were drank, and all was well; which I was glad to see, thinking it would produce no Good if such a Body of People received an Opinion, that they were thought not worth regarding.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 235-236.