Montreal Gazette, 30 November 1957, page 33

Pageantry Fetes Patron Saint

Scots Dance Again

Marked by ancient Scottish customs and rites the celebration of Scotland’s patron saint was held last night in the Windsor Hotel when almost 1600 guests were present.  The annual St Andrew’s Ball, the largest event of the social season, has become an established Montreal tradition which keeps alive a sense of continuity with the past.  And among the guests were those bearing the old Scottish names associated with the history of the Society.

The flash of tartan, the skirl of bagpipes, the billowing white frocks of the debutantes and the glitter of medals blended with a scene that joined the past with the present.

The setting was particularly appropriate to the guests of honor, Brig. Sir Fitzroy Maclean, Bart, QC, MP and Lady Maclean, of DouartCastle, Isle of Mull.

Sir Fitzroy, soldier, author and diplomat, had an outstanding war record. In World War II he served with the Cameron Highlanders, joined the Special Air Service Regiment in the Middle East, which operated behind enemy lines in Libya, and in 1943 with the rank  of brigadier was secretly dropped by parachute into Yugoslavia to organise Yugoslav resistance to the German forces. He received the CBE (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished services and was decorated by the Soviet and Yugoslav governments.  He is the author two best sellers- Eastern Approaches and recently, Disputed Barricade.

Plant Badge Featured

Prior to the Ball, Mr WC Leggat, DSO, QC, president of St Andrew’s Society, and Mrs Leggat entertained the guests of honor and the honored guests, the Hon E Davis Fulton, PC, QC, MP, Minister of Justice, and Mrs Fulton, in the York Room of the Hotel. Holly, the plant badge of the guest of honour, was arranged on the table, flanked by silver candelabra.  At one end of the room was a large mural, painted by Willa Ogilvie Creighton, depicting scenes from Sir Fitzroy’s colorful career.

Following the dinner the guards of honor were escorted to the Royal Suite and members of the ball committee were presented.

Skirl of Pipes

At ten o’clock, the official party was piped into the ballroom by the pipe band of the Black Watch (RHR) of Canada piping a Highland March composed by Piper John MacKenzie in 1953 for the president of the Clan Maclean Association- Brig Sir Fitzroy Maclean, and took their places upon the dais. Lady Maclean, wearing a century-old heirloom gown of tartan velvet, was then presented with a bouquet of red roses, tied with the Maclean Tartan by one of the two pages, Master Robert Wallace Leggat and Master Pembroke Laurie MacDermot.

Last night for the first time in the history of the Society three generations were represented on the dais.  Brig WC Leggat, his father Lieut-Col William Leggat, OBE MC a past president of the Society and his son Master Robert Wallace Leggat.

In the parade to the ballroom were Capt William Redpath, and a Black Watch Officer, Mr Robert Hutchinson and the Marquess of Lorne, Brig WC Leggat, Lady Maclean, Brig Sir Fitzroy Maclean, Mrs Leggat, Lieut-Col Stuart Cobbett, Mrs Cobbett, His Worship the Mayor, Mrs Fulton, Mrs William Leggat, Col William Leggat, the Hon E Davis Fulton, Mrs Fournier, Col OH Barrett, Mrs Keith Hutchinson, OBE, Commodore and Mrs Paul Earl, Col and Mrs Donald F Purves, Air Vice Marshall and Mrs LE Wray, Mr and Mrs Ray E Powell, Lieut-Col and Mrs IRM McDougall, Mr and Mrs Herman Cole, Dr and Mrs W Haydon Bryant, Mr Owen C Roberts and Miss Constance Holly, Lieut-Col and Mrs G Stuart Ramsay, Mr and Mrs W Edgar Doyle, Mr and Mrs Emile Boucher, Mr and Mrs John Withers, Mr and Mrs B Boyd Miller, Dr Ian Hutchinson, Major L Sabourin, and Mr Alan Hutchinson.

The skirl of the pipes heralded the arrival of the debutantes who were accompanied for presentation to the guests of honor by G V Win[illegible] Jr HC MacDougall, Mrs John Taylor, and Mrs Peter Dawson.

Debutantes Presented

Those presented were: Miss Elizabeth Bertram, in a frock of white silk embossed taffeta with a bodice having an off-the-shoulder neckline, and a skirt fashioned with back fullness and a flounced hemline, and wearing a Macfarlane tartan sash.

Miss Elizabeth Ballantyne, wearing a frock of white radizmir, fashioned on princess lines, with a bow at the front of the fitted bodice, and a similar bow on the front of the skirt.

Miss Melodie Caron, wearing a frock of white corde, fashioned with a fitted bodice, finished in a deep cuff, and a full skirt falling from a reverse drape at the front and a matching stole.

Miss Flora Church, in a frock of mousseline de soie, with a bodice having a pleated off-the-shoulder neckline, and a bouffant skirt with a bustle bow at the back ending in a slight train.

Miss Sonja Courcey, wearing a Christian Dior model of satin and tulle, with a strapless bodice, embroidered in seed pearls and a very full shirred tulle skirt.

Miss Monique Dagenais, in a frock of white brocade, fashioned with a fitted bodice, and a skirt having back fullness ending in a slight train and wearing gold accessories.

Miss Marielle Demers, in a frock of snow white satin and point d’esprit  tulle trimmed with small bows.

Miss Juliana de Kuyper, in a frock of Chantilly lace fashioned with a fitted bodice, having shoe-string straps, and very full skirt with a silk cummerbund forming a bustle bow at the back.

Miss Gael Eakin, in a frock of white lace over tulle, with a fitted bodice, and a very full tiered skirt.

Miss Vale Eachlin of New York, in a frock having a bodice of lace over satin with a satin sash and a skirt fashioned of layers of white and over gathered net ruffles.

Miss Barbara Fellowes in a frock of white taffeta, with a fitted bodice and a full skirt having a straight front [illegible]  with a bustle effect at the back, and wearing matching mousseline.

Miss [illegible] bodice and a very full ruffled skirt and wearing matching accessories.

Miss Anne Glover, wearing a frock of net over taffeta, fashioned with a fitted bodice, having cap sleeves and a bouffant skirt appliquéd with lace, and wearing a Wallace Tartan sash.

Miss Audrey Hamilton, wearing a frock of poult de soie, fashioned with a fitted bodice, and a bouffant skirt, with a sash of the Hamilton tartan.

Miss Martina Kleos, wearing a frock of white nylon tulle over taffeta, with a satin bodice embroidered in seed pearls having a bow at the back and silver accessories.

Miss Marguerite l’Anglais, in a frock of white satin, with a draped off-the-shoulder neckline and a bouffant skirt, and wearing silver accessories, and a sash of the Macdonald tartan.

Miss Madeline Leclerc, in a Christian Dior model of white satin brocade and tulle, with a fitted bodice and a skirt, having a pleated train falling from the waistline, and wearing matching accessories.

Miss Marian MacDougall, in a frock of ivory tulle, with a side swept bodice outlined in covered buttons, and a very full skirt, and wearing silver accessories.

Miss Mary Mason, gowned in white lace, fashioned with a fitted bodice, having an off-the-shoulder neckline [illegible] dropped sleevelets, and a full skirt bordered by a ruching of net, and wearing silver accessories.

[Illegible] a bouffant skirt.

Miss Lydia Melling, wearing a frock of silk faille, with a draped strapless bodice and a full skirt, and a sash of the McIntyre tartan.

Miss Liane Marshall, wearing a bouffant frock of white Chantilly lace, with a fitted bodice, draped with white taffeta at the waistline, forming a double bow at the back, with a sash of the MacLeod tartan.

Miss Joy MacDougald, in a frock of satin and tulle, with a fitted bodice, embroidered with opalescent sequins and Chantilly lace, and a very full draped skirt appliquéd in flower design, with a large butterfly bow at the back, and wearing a MacDougall tartan sash.

Miss Barbara Rooney, in a frock of poult de soie, with a skirt caught with a self-fringed skirt, caught with a self-fringed sash.

Miss Sonia Taylor, wearing a frock of [illegible] taffeta, with a fitted bodice, having a halter [illegible] and a bouffant skirt with a butterfly bow at the back.

Miss Sarah Vichers in a frock of snow white tulle over poult de soie, with a fitted bodice, and a bouffant skirt trimmed with silver tipped swan feathers.

Miss Sarah Webster wearing a frock of white brocade, fashioned on princess lines with a fitted bodice, and a full skirt having a bustle bow at the back and wearing a Campbell tartan.

Miss Lynn Weir, in a frock of [illegible] satin with a [illegible] bodice embroidered

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Debutantes Presented at St Andrew’s Ball

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With Chantilly lace, and a skirt having back fullness.

Following the presentation and the Debutante Waltz, Brig Leggat opened the ball by dancing with Lady Maclean.  The traditional eightsome reel followed.

Eddie Alexander and his orchestra played for dancing and Bill Mudie and his orchestra played during supper.

Purple Heather

The ballroom presented a brilliant picture of blue and white- the colors of the St Andrew’s Society.  Behind the dais where the presentations took place hung St Andrew’s flag, flanked on either side by arrangements of white painted broom, pine branches, purple heather and mauve and white chrysanthemums.  Similar arrangements decorated the stage where the orchestra played and the balcony.  Balls of mirror glass were suspended from the chandeliers and cut-outs of blue and white thistles covered the wall brackets.

The personal flag of Sir Fitzroy hung over the fireplace of Peacock Alley- banked with mantle, pine and holly. Panels of red, green and gold, with large cut-outs of thistles scattered with diamond dust, covered the walls of the concourse.  Figures of Highland lassies were on stands at either side of the stairs.

Claymore and Drambuie

At midnight the guests of honor and the official party were piped into the Black Watch mess.  Prior to supper being served, Sir Fitzroy officiated in the ballroom at the ceremony of the Cutting of the Haggis, which was piped in borne with claymore and drambuie, its time honored affinities.

Tartans of the various clans adorned the walls of the Roce and Green rooms and a tall figure of a Scottish soldier on a stand formed the centerpiece on the individual tables. The Black Watch Pipe Band played in the various supper rooms and the pipers were toasted by a member of the Society. Supper was served in the Long Gallery to the guests of honor and members of the official party.

The second set of reels, the Gay Gordons, were danced at half-past two o’clock, and dancing continued until six o’clock when the orchestra played God Save the Queen.

Reels Orchestra

An unusual feature of the evening was a performance by the Montreal Reels Orchestra under the direction of Mr Alec Dagleish and Mr John Macleod of Macleod, with the following members: Lady Alison Stewart-Patterson, piano, Miss Jennifer Macdonald, vocals, Mr Peter F Brown, drums, Mr John Macleod of Macleod, Mr Stewart Sommervile and Mr Alex Dagleish, [illegible]

They [illegible] play for some of the country dances and reels at St Andrew’s Ball at the Windsor Hotel on Friday evening [illegible] roy Maclean and Lady Maclean will be the guests of honor.

Among these Attending

Among those attending were Mrs Sarto Fournier, wearing a gown of peach chiffon, with a fitted bodice, and having a draped skirt, with white accessories.

Mrs William Leggat, wearing a gown of brown lace, with a fitted bodice and a bouffant skirt.

Mrs Ray Powell, gowned in green chiffon trimmed with a cummerbund and sash of green satin embroidered with crystal beads.

Mrs Paul Earl, in a sheath gown of black silk having a cowl neckline of pleated white chiffon.

Mrs LE Wray, wearing a sheath gown of blue chiffon fashioned on Grecian lines, with silver accessories.

Mrs Herman Cole, gowned in green and gold satin, and apple green taffeta and tulle, with gold accessories.

Mrs WH Bryant, in a bouffant gown of delustred blue satin, fashioned with  a fitted bodice, having an off-the-shoulder neckline.

Mrs Stuart Ramsey, gowned in draped blue chiffon.

Mrs W Edgar Doyle, wearing a gown of aquamarine poult de soie, with a draped bodice having an off-the-shoulder neckline, and a sheath skirt.

Mrs John Withers, in a gown of aqua paper taffeta, fashioned on princess lines, having a sash of deep aqua, and wearing old accessories.

Mrs J Emile Boucher, wearing a sheath gown of midnight blue silk, the skirt falling int a train, and pearl ornaments.

Mrs Davie Fulton, wearing a draped sheath gown of royal blue Chantilly lace embroidered on poult de soie.

Mrs Ian McDougall, gowned in embroidered green satin, with a fitted bodice having a portrait neckline and a bell shaped skirt.

Mrs JC Stewart in a gown of ice blue satin with a fitted bodice, having a square neckline and a skirt with accordion pleated panels.

Mrs RL Hunter, wearing a Ceil Chapman model of ice blue satin embroidered with blue and silver beads, with silver accessories.

Mrs William Redpath, gowned in sky blue silk chiffon, with a fitted bodice having a square neckline and a bouffant skirt and wearing matching accessories.

Mrs Arthur Melling in a gown of green satin, fashioned with a fitted strapless bodice, and a bell shaped skirt having a bow forming back fullness.

Mrs John Taylor wearing a gown of silver and aqua brocade, with a draped bodice, and having a sheath skirt.

Mrs PN MacDermot, gowned in black and green delustred satin with a fitted bodice, having a halter neckline and a very full skirt.

Miss Judy McDougall, in a Hardy Amies model of white lace, fashioned on sheath lines, and bordered with turquoise velvet ribbing forming a large bow in front, and wearing a McDougall tartan sash.

Mrs Jack McGillis, wearing a gown of shaded blue tulle, with a fitted bodice and a full tiered skirt.

Mrs Rex Stellmeyer, gowned in a gold lame, fashioned on sheath lines and having back fullness.

Mrs CJG Molson in a bouffant gown of black velvet and tulle over satin, and wearing a sash of the Davidson tartan.

Mrs JC Thompson wearing a gown of white chiffon fashioned on Grecian lines, having a draped back.

Mrs Stuart Cobbett gowned in red matte jersey, fashioned on Grecian lines, with a draped back ending in a slight train and wearing white accessories.

Mrs Victor Whitehead, in a gown of pastel satin, and wearing silver accessories.

Mrs Keith Hutchinson, wearing a Norman Hartnell model of black taffeta embroidered with sequins with a sash of the Macdonald tartan.

Mrs WC Leggat, gowned in sapphire blue satin, fashioned on sheath lines, having back fullness caught with a large bow, and wearing a Wallace tartan.

Mrs Colby Kerman, in a gown of chartreuse and mushroom designed satin, with a draped bodice, and a bell-shaped skirt having back fullness, and wearing a matching stole.

Mrs S Boyd Millen, wearing a gown of white brocade, appliquéd with leaves of the same material at the neckline, forming drop sleeves, with gold accessories.

Mrs HC MacDougall gowned in dark green satin with a draped bodice and a full skirt.

Mrs George McMurtrie, in a gown of shot purple taffeta, with a fitted bodice, and a tiered skirt, and wearing a MacKenzie tartan sash.

 

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