Happy Saint Andrew's Day!

Today (30th November) is the feast day of Saint Andrew, Scotland's patron saint.

Some quick facts:

• Saint Andrew was a fisherman, and Jesus' first disciple.

• He's the patron saint not only of Scotland, but also of Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Tenerife and some other places.

• He's the patron saint of singers, spinsters, maidens, fishmongers, fishermen, women wanting to be mothers, gout and sore throats!

• He was crucified by the Romans on an X-shaped cross, rather than the T-shaped cross that Jesus was crucified on. Hence the flag of Scotland is the Saltire or Saint Andrew's Cross.

• The saint's remains have been in Almafi, Italy, since 1210, when they were stolen from their original resting place in Constantinople.

• Surprisingly, many Scots celebrate the day by drinking a lot!

Why not join them and enjoy a wee dram this evening in honour of Saint Andrew!


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