Erskine Care Homes
Erskine Care Homes

A veteran and hospice nurse at Erskine Care Homes.

St Catharine's Convent Homeless Project
St Catharine's Convent Homeless Project

Volunteers helping out at Edinburgh's St Catharine's Convent, which runs a homeless shelter and soup kitchen.

RDA Glasgow
RDA Glasgow

Some of the horses and riders of the Glasgow branch of Riding for the Disabled.

Erskine Care Homes
Erskine Care Homes

A veteran and hospice nurse at Erskine Care Homes.

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In support of 

Scottish people

The Royal Caledonian Ball and its associated Charities Trust have raised crucial funds for Scottish causes for nearly two centuries. Initially set up to support the Caledonian Asylum (now the Royal Caledonian School) and the Scottish Hospital in London (now ScotsCare), the Trust remains focused on the care of Scottish people in need.

Our aim is to give where it will make the greatest difference. We believe in thinking globally and acting locally: by combining our national platform with local insight our grants are able to help hundreds of people across Scotland each year, from the Highlands and Islands down to the Borders. 

The Trust supports projects and initiatives in six main areas of work: the elderly; children and young people; the homeless; veterans; the ill and injured; and those living with disabilities. 

Celebrating two centuries

of Scottish tradition

First held as part of the 1822 "Tartan Revival", the Royal Caledonian Ball is widely considered to be the world's oldest charitable ball. With a thrilling programme of reels, waltzes, foxtrots and jigs - not to mention a much-needed breakfast in the middle! - the Ball prides itself on upholding tradition and bringing a taste of bonnie Scotland south of the border.

To attend the Royal Caledonian Ball is to dance in the footsteps of those who have come before, whether one's own relatives - often dating back generations - or illustrious figures such as the first Duke of Wellington. We are fortunate to maintain the patronage of much of the Scottish nobility as well as the Royal Family, including HRH The Princess Royal and HM The Queen.

The Royal Caledonian's Bi-Centenary Ball is due to be held in Spring 2022.

Watching the dancing
Watching the dancing

Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, 1986
Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, 1986

Magazine Illustration, 1878
Magazine Illustration, 1878

Watching the dancing
Watching the dancing

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