Montreal Gazette, 1 December 1980, page 48


St Andrew’s an Evening of Tradition, Camaraderie

By EJ Gordon

Special to the Gazette


Without St Andrew’s Ball, Montreal’s social season would be incomplete.

The annual celebration to honor Scotland’s patron saint drew more than 600 guests to the Windsor Hotel Friday night.  The skirl of the pipes, the flashing of tartans, the ceremony of Cutting the Haggis once more achieved an atmosphere of tradition and camaraderie that makes this ball unique.

Prior to dinner a reception was held in the Royal Suite for members of the ball committee and Sister Societies to meet the guests of honor Major the Hon Lachlan Maclean Younger of Duart, and Mrs Lachlan Maclean.

Maj Maclean, a former member of the Scots Guards and of the Special Air Services (Commandos), wore the kilt of Maclean tartan belonging to his great-grandfather, and a black cloth jacket with lace jabot and cuffs.  Mrs Maclean’s gown was of white wild silk, the tucked yoke and sleeves trimmed with bands of lace, and she wore an Ancient Maclean tartan sash.

An honored guest was HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, son of the late King Peter and Queen Alexandra, who lives in Chicago.

Prince Alexander said he was born in Claridge’s Hotel in London in 1945 and christened in Westminster Abbey.  His Godmother is Queen Elizabeth II.

“My mother now lives in Venice,” he said.

Receiving Line

Those in the receiving line were St. Andrew’s Society president Reford MacDougall, wearing the MacDougall kilt, and Mrs MacDougall, whose tartan skirt was worn with a white blouse; Col J Ralph Harper, OBE, Judge George Gould, and Mrs Gould, whose black crepe ensemble had cuffs of black fox; the ball chairman, George Milne, and Mrs Milne gowned in black and gold flowered silk; Clifford JA Maclean, co-chairman, and Mrs Maclean, wearing a gown of powder blue silk.

Enjoying a pre-dinner drink were David Stewart, and Mrs Stewart, whose sheath gown of midnight blue sequins was trimmed with chiffon; Jean Honorat, the French Consul General and Mrs Honorat in a gown of pale blue patterned chiffon; Count Stanislov Bozic and Countess Bozic, in a black silk gown trimmed with white flowers; Lieut-Col. JIB Macfarlane, and Mrs Macfarlane gowned in olive green silk; Mr and Mrs Fraser Bruce, Roger Sullivan, president of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and Mrs Sullivan, in aqua silk jersey; Patrick Wickham, president of St Patrick’s Society, and Mrs Wickham, whose cream moiré skirt was worn with a black bodice; Gerald Iles, representing the English-speaking Union; Dr Helmut Blume, president of the German Benevolent Society, and Mrs Blume wearing a gown of ecru silk; Bronson Culver, president of the Irish Protestant Benevolent  Society, and Mrs Culver, whose gown of lemon chiffon was trimmed with diamante, and Robert Carrier, president of St David’s Society, and Mrs Carrier in black silk.

Pipers of the Black Watch (RHR) of Canada piped the official party into Windsor Hall where dinner was served.

Coat of Arms

The Macleans coat of arms hung behind the head table, flanked on either side by Canadian and Quebec flags.

“As this year’s theme I chose the Scots contribution to Canada,” said Vicki Stewart, the decorations chairman.

The coat of arms of the RoyalVictoriaHospital hung in the dining room and flags of the Bank of Montreal, the Hudson’s Bay Co., McGill and MacdonaldCollege were displayed in the ballroom.

Among those seated at tables centred with pink carnations and sprigs of heather were His Excellency the Mexican Ambassador and Mrs Agustin Barrios Gomez, gowned in deep blue chiffon; the Hon Mr Justice Kenneth Mackay, wearing Highland dress; Ross Osborne, last year’s ball chairman, and Mrs Osborne wearing a gown of taupe silk jersey; Dr Ian Hutchinson and Mrs Hutchinson, gowned in black silk crepe under a black sequin jacket; TR Anthony Malcolm in Highland dress and Mrs Malcolm wearing printed silk; William Mulholland and Mrs Mulholland whose skirt of white chiffon had a black and silver lame bodice; George Campbell and Mrs Campbell in red silk and wearing a Campbell tartan sash; Andrew Gorzo and Mrs Gorzo, gowned in jade green chiffon; Leslie Forrester, wearing a gown of white and violet flowered silk; Alex Hutchinson and Mrs Hutchinson, in bronze silk; Russell Payson and Mrs Payson, in a black silk gown with an Ogilvie tartan sash.

The ritual of Cutting the Haggis with his dirk was duly performed by Maj Maclean and the pipers were toasted in Glayva Reford MacDougall read a telegram from Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, honorary Colonel of the Black Watch.  Observing the number of kilted guests, he said that the custom tailors, Charles Johnson & Son, had told him that this year they had more orders for kilts to be worn at the ball than ever before.


The ball, which took place in the Versailles Room was opened with a performance by the pipers.  Then Scott and Jamie Maclean, sons of Mr and Mrs Clifford Maclean presented Mrs Maclean with a bouquet of flowers.

This was followed by the presentation of six young girls, wearing white gowns and gloves, to Maj and Mrs Maclean.

Those who curtsied were Caroline Gilchrist Rhea, daughter of Mrs Margery Rhea and Dr David Rhea; Amanda Margaret Travers, daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Travers; Abigail Clifton Cairns, daughter of Dr and Mrs Arthur Cairns; Jacqueline McGowan, daughter of Mrs Rose McGowan; Carol-Ann Turpin, daughter of Mr and Mrs Eugene Turpin, and Camille Mary Therriault, daughter of  Brig-Gen and Mrs Robert G Therriault, of Ottawa, granddaughter of Mrs Edward O’Toole.

Their escorts swept them into the opening waltz joined by Maj Maclean dancing with Mrs MacDougall, and Mrs Maclean with Reford MacDougall.

Dance Floor

In seconds the dance floor was crowded.

Among those swinging to the tunes of Paul Cappelli and his orchestra were Mrs Peggy Lehrer, whose sheath of black silk was embroidered in gold dots; John Fuller, Rosemary Christensen, wearing a gold silk gown with a lame bodice; Dr and Mrs Arthur Cairns, Huntley Cameron in Highland dress, and Mrs Cameron gowned in bronze lurex, Jean Pierre Vedette; Mrs Margery Rhea, wearing a gown of gold chiffon and gold lame; Ronald Riley, and Mrs Riley, in black silk; Louise Blouin, wearing a gown of pink frilled organza; David Stewart Jr; Deidre Stoker, gowned in crimson moiré; Donald Campbell and Mrs Campbell whose gown of emerald green silk was worn with a Campbell sash; Hunter Wilson, and Mrs Wilson, gowned in black silk and velvet; Miss Ann Campbell the newly appointed American Consul, wearing a gown of blue and white batik; Cmdr and Mrs Guy St A Mongenais, Allan Matthews, Boris Rubenstein and Mrs Rubenstein, gowned in cream silk  with a Sutherland tartan sash; the Rev and Mrs Donovan Neil, Gordon Cheesbrough, and Mrs Cheesbrough, wearing black flowered chiffon; John Spencer Maxwell and Mrs Maxwell in black crepe, Lieut-Col G Douglas Robertson and Mrs Robertson wearing a sheath of iredescent sequins; Jim Bradeen and Mrs Bradeen in sea-green silk; Mr and Mrs Robert McGregor and Paul Afudik, whose family served as members of the Palace Guard in Serbia (now part of Yugoslavia) for more than a 100 years.


 [Should note that one of the debutantes, Caroline Gilchrist Rhea is the comedienne Caroline Rhea….she was a deb, fancy that.]