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|Purpose||Scotsmen in London|
It was founded in 1891 as a proprietary club, the Caledonian Club as it is today was formed in 1917 under the leadership of the Marquis Tullibardine. He appealed to Members to make it "the representative national club and headquarters for Scotsmen in London". and today full membership is open to ladies as well as to those having 'close association' with Scotland for example by being born in Scotland, educated in Scotland or having direct Scottish descent. The Club moved from St James's during World War II. The current clubhouse in Halkin Street opened in October 1946 and is named after Halkin Castle, the Duke of Westminster's seat in Flintshire. Built in 1907 as a private residence of Hugh Morrison to the design of Detmar Blow. A new five-storey wing with terrace garden was officially opened on St Andrew's Day in 2006 by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II.
The Club has established various societies:
- Members of the Golfing Society play regularly at courses throughout the UK, including Loch Lomond, The Berkshire, Woking, and Archerfield, and on an annual visit to France, usually Le Touquet. A 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.
- After lunch at the Club on the first Tuesday of each month, a speaker is invited to talk to The Number 9 Society.
- Bridge Society
- Snooker Society
- 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.