A warm welcome to the website of the Order of St John in Scotland.
This website gives full details of St John Scotland's history, what we do in Scotland today, how St John Scotland supports Order activities abroad, who we are, what's on and where, and how to contact us.
The News pages contain reports and pictures of events held in areas throughout Scotland.
Web Links are provided to members of the St John 'family' at home and abroad, to Scotland's mountain rescue teams, and to other rescue services. The Downloads area has Scottish, British and Jerusalem Eye Hospital publications for download.
St John Scotland, formed in 1947, is a Scottish charity dedicated to helping others through medical and rescue activities. Its head office, the Chancery, is in Edinburgh. Unlike St John in England, it does not provide ambulance and first aid training services. This is because of a 1908 agreement with the St Andrew’s Ambulance Association.
Instead St John Scotland supports mountain rescue by providing rescue bases and vehicles for Scottish mountain rescue teams, promotes mountain safety, and provides defibrillators. St John Scotland is divided into twelve areas, each with their own projects, such as the First Responder Service in Angus and Dundee and Palliative Care in Dumfries and Galloway.
St John Scotland is a long-time supporter of the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and its outreach clinic and hospital work in Anabta, Gaza and Hebron.
In recent years St John Scotland has sponsored medical director Dr Jeanne Garth (left) each year, helped fund the library, contributed to the Patient Relief and Gaza Appeal funds, and funded the overseas specialist glaucoma training of one of the staff's Palestinian doctors.
St John Scotland also supports health projects in Malawi and southern Africa, and contributes to the international St John Emergency Relief Fund.