|Administrative History||The St. Andrew's Society began in New York in 1756, to afford relief to Scots in difficulties and to provide a social bond for all Scots in the area, including soldiers and sailors, as New York at that time was still British. The Society was still in existence in 1922.|
William Munro MacBean, (1850-1923), businessman, New York. MacBean was born in Nairn, Highland, in the mid 19th century, and emigrated to America. He settled in New York City and, in 1872, became a bookkeeper for A. T. Stewart & Co. After ten years he became an associate with the Mortimer Estates, acting as an agent, executor and trustee for 40 years. As well as a successful business career, MacBean collected extensively Jacobite papers and memorabilia. His collection was gifted to the University of Aberdeen in 1918, and he was awarded an LL.D. by the University in 1922. He was a member and historian of the New York St. Andrew’s Society and New York Historical Society. Other memberships included the Gaelic Society of Inverness, the New York Historical Society, the Burns Society, the British Schools and Universities Club, and the Salmagundi Club. He died at his home in Yonkers, New York State, and was survived by two daughters and one son.