MacRae

THIS clan is Celtic. Macrae in Gaelic is MacRath, and means “Son of Grace.” The home of the “Wild Macraes” was Kintail, where they did great service for the Earls of Seaforth. They were Constables of Ellandonan Castle. The Rev. Farquhar Macrae (1580-1662), Vicar of Kintail, was a man of mark. Colonel Sir John Macrae (1786-1847) of Ardintoul was an eminent soldier. The Rev. John Macrae (1794-1876) of Knockbain, Ross-shire, was a famous divine. As Jacobites, the Macraes fought gallantly at Sheriffmuir in 1715, and loyally afterwards for the House of Hanover. In 1778 the Macraes were the ringleaders in the mutiny of the Seaforth Highlanders in Edinburgh. They entrenched on Arthur’s Seat, and refused to yield until peacefully approached, and their terms of enlistment fulfilled. Brigadier-General William Macrae (1834—82) was a distinguished leader in the American Confederate army. Major Robert M’Crea, of Guernsey (1754-1835), fought as a loyalist in the American War of Independence. The late Constable of Eilean Donan Castle, Lieut.-Col. John Macrae-Gilstrap of Ballimore, restored the picturesque fortress at Lochalsh.