The North British Society (also known as “The Scots” Cultural Society) was founded in Halifax. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, with St. Andrew’s Day celebrated on the 30th November. “North British” is an adjective used as an alternative to “Scottish”. It is the oldest Scottish cultural society in the British Commonwealth outside the United Kingdom. John Gillespie was appointed the first president of the North British Society in Halifax. He is buried in the Old Burying Ground.