Ceud Mile Failte

Ceud Mile Failte ( A Hundred Thousand Welcomes)Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Alan McRae
"Blue Wren Cottage"
PO Box 151
Bathurst NSW 2975
Australia.

Tel. 61 02 63315404

Eilean Donan Caste, from the air

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

 

Ray MacRae Memorial

Four generations of MacRaes
Standing – Christine MacRae, Emma Wright nee MacRae, Joshua MacRae, Paul MacRae, Mary (MacRae), Ray Hynes. Front – Ewen MacRae and Keith MacRae.

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BY: Alan McRae

Raymond Edmund MacRae 1942 - 2012

Raymond Edmund MacRae, ‘Ray’ to his family and friends, passed away at 10am on Thursday 20th December, 2012, in Orange District Hospital after a two year fight with cancer. His funeral was held on 24th December, Christmas Eve in the Catholic Church in Orange. A large number of family, friends and past workmates gathered to farewell a man who had a zest for life and dearly wanted to beat his affliction. It was not to be and Ray realised this, amazing many with his acceptance to move from this world to the next.

Whether you were a MacRae or McRae or any other way it may be spelt you were family. I first met Ray when he was doing some family history.

Ray’s nephew Mark Saddler read the eulogy at the service and much of the following information is from Mark’s eulogy.

Who was Raymond Edward MacRae and where did he come from?

BUNDANOON IS BRIGADOON 2016 REPORT

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Allan Smith, Vice President of the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand attended the 39th Anniversary Highland Gathering on Saturday 9th April, 2016, at Bundanoon which became Brigadoon for a day with an appealing array of Scottish activities, music and foods. This is Allan’s report.

The various Clans, bands, stallholders, dancers, musicians and officials had been busy from the early hours setting up their individual marquees and making final preparations. Many of the Clans were represented at the annual gathering again this year.

The Chieftain of the Day was Carol Budlong, President of Scottish House. Scottish House is an information and cultural centre based in Granville in New South Wales. Carol has had a long involvement with Clan Arthur in Australia and this year will fill the role of the High Commissioner of the MacArthur Society in Australia.

The street parade commenced at 9.30 am and departed from the village and along the street to the showground. The parade was led by a blue vintage Tourer, followed by the band of the day Goulburn Soldiers Club Pipes and Drums wearing MacLean of Durat tartan.

Other bands participating in the march and band activities for the day were an impressive number of bands which included – the Kiama Pipe Band (Red Ulster Tartan), St. George Sutherland Scottish Pipe Band (McGregor Tartan), Illawarra Pipe Band (Wallace Tartan), The Hills District Pipe Band (McDonald of Clan Ranald Tartan), Scouts Pipes and Drums (Hume - Anderson Ancient Tartan), Canberra City Pipes and Drums (Ancient Caledonian Tartan), Rural Fire Service Brigade (Navy Blue Rural Fire Service Uniform), Manly Warringah Pipe Band (Military Gordon Tartan), Knox Old Boys Pipe Band (MacPherson Tartan), Canberra Celtic Pipe Band (Irish National Tartan), Shoalhaven City Pipes & Drums (Forbes Tartan), Castle Hill RSL Pipe Band (Cameron of Erracht Tartan), The Highlands Pipes & Drums (MacDuff Tartan), Burwood RSL Sub Branch Pipes & Drums (Black Stewart Tartan), The Parramatta RSL Caledonian Pipe Band (Campbell of Louden Tartan), Hornsby RSL Pipe Band (MacLaine of Lochbuie Tartan), New South Wales Police Pipe Band (Ancient MacKay Tartan), City of Queanbeyan Pipes & Drums (Duke of Rothesay Hunting Tartan), Ingleburn RSL Pipes & Drums (Campbell of Cawdor Tartan) and the Goulburn Soldiers Club Pipes & Drums (Maclean of Duart Tartan). Playing at the gathering for quite a number of the bands meant a long bus trip to Bundanoon and back home to participate.   

Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

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Sunday, 22 May 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, 29 May 2016 - 6:00pm

with Clan MacRae as this year’s Clan of Honour

Ceud Mile Faite (A hundred thousand welcomes).

It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Clan MacRae has been selected to be this year’s Clan of Honour at the Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival being held from Sunday 22nd to Sunday 29th May.

This is a great opportunity for members of the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand to get with members of their family to enjoy a day, weekend or even a week together in Wingham. The event is run by the Manning Valley Historical Society under the chairmanship of Eric Richardson, OAM.

The main weekend is from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May with the Street Parade, Highland Games and Scottish Ball on Saturday 28th May at 9.15 for 9.30am. All MacRaes/McRaes and family members have been invited to head the Street Parade which starts in Bent Street and then moves to Central Park for the Opening Ceremony, Highland Games and Pipe bands as well as markets. You do not need to own a kilt to march in the parade with the MacRaes.

The Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand will have a display of early historic Scottish and MacRae items on display as well as a series of MacRae/McRae photographs with information. Be sure you visit the Clan MacRae marquee during the games.

There is the Grand Scottish Ball in the evening. A full and detailed program with times appears further down the page.

On Sunday 29th May you can gather at 7.30am in the Riverside Reserve at lower end of Farquhar Street where the first Scottish immigrants came ashore for a thanksgiving service. This is followed by a BBQ breakfast. At 10am there is the Colloquium of Clan leaders at Tellers Restaurant in Bent Street, near the Services Club. At 12 noon we have the Festival Luncheon at the Services Club which is conducted as a Clan MacRae gathering and I hope to see as many of the Clan MacRae members there. After the meal will be a ceilidh with a variety of musical performances. The event and the festival will conclude about 2.30pm.

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Clan MacRae at 2015 Canberra Highland Gathering

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Report by Alan McRae, FAIHA, President, Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand

Alan McRae, President of Clan MacRae Society outside the marquee
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There was plenty of activity at 7am as the various Clans, stallholders and bands began set up their individual marquees for the fifth annual Canberra Highland Gathering & Scottish Fair. It was Saturday 10th October, 2015 and the day had arrived for the traditional Scottish Highland Gathering being held on Kambah Oval in Kett Street in Kambah.

Canberra put on the most glorious weather though later in the day some rain could be seen falling on surrounding hills though none eventuated on Kambah Oval.

Allan Smith, Vice President of Clan MacRae Society with the MacRae banner
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As usual Peter Sillis (McRae) arrived to bring our marquee and we were soon set-up with flags flying and the new signage in place. Thanks again Peter. In line with past years a display of MacRae family and Scottish artefacts, some going back some 600 years, was set up for visitors to see.

Clan MacRae Meeting August 2015

Event Date and Time: 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 - 12:00pm

Our next meeting will be held this Wednesday 19th August, 2015, on the 2nd floor Conference Room at Combined Services RSL Club, 5 – 7 Barrack Street, Sydney (not far from Wynyard Railway Station) at 1pm. Note – some members attending have lunch in the bistro at the club from 12 noon.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday – February, May, August and November – at the location above unless notified otherwise.

It would be great to see you there. Alan McRae FAIHA President. 02 63315404 amcrae@lisp.com.au  Clan MacR

Clan MacRae Meeting November 2015

Event Date and Time: 

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 12:00pm

Our November meeting will be held Wednesday 18th November, 2015, on the 2nd floor Conference Room at Combined Services RSL Club, 5 – 7 Barrack Street, Sydney (not far from Wynyard Railway Station) at 1pm. Note – some members attending have lunch in the bistro at the club from 12 noon.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday – February, May, August and November – at the location above unless notified otherwise.

It would be great to see you there. Alan McRae FAIHA President. 02 63315404 amcrae@lisp.com.au  Clan MacR

Clan MacRae Meeting February 2016

Event Date and Time: 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 12:00pm

Our February 2016 meeting will be held Wednesday 17th February, 2016, on the 2nd floor Conference Room at Combined Services RSL Club, 5 – 7 Barrack Street, Sydney (not far from Wynyard Railway Station) at 1pm. Note – some members attending have lunch in the bistro at the club from 12 noon.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday – February, May, August and November – at the location above unless notified otherwise.

Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler Luncheon Cruise, Penrith, NSW

Event Date and Time: 

Saturday, 21 February 2015 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm

Saturday, 21st February, 2015

Enjoy a leisurely Luncheon Cruise with Mrs. Marigold MacRae and her daughter, Baroness Miranda van Lynden, along the Nepean River, featuring the spectacular natural landscape of the Nepean Gorge and foothills of the Blue Mountains National Park, with a delicious buffet lunch and dessert with tea and freshly brewed coffee. The Nepean Belle is licensed and drinks are available from the “cash only” bar. (Please note NO BYO and NO EFTPOS). Book quickly as numbers limited.

The Cruise begins at 12 noon and concludes at 2.30pm.

MacRae Clan 2015 Visit by Marigold MacRae

Event Date and Time: 

Saturday, 14 February 2015 - 6:00pm

Mrs. Marigold MacRae and Baroness Miranda Van Lynden to Attend Clan MacRae Gatherings in Australia in February 2015

We are privileged to have as our guests, Life-President of Clan MacRae Society of the U.K. Mrs. Marigold MacRae and her daughter, Baroness Miranda van Lynden, Constable of Eilean Donan Castle, who will be coming to Australia and will be attending the following events.

Photo – Mrs. Marigold MacRae, Life-President of Clan MacRae Society of the United Kingdom, on her last visit to Australia.

ARMIDALE, N.S.W.
Saturday, 14th February, 2015

2pm Annual General Meeting of the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand will be held upstairs at the Armidale Ex-Services Memorial Club, Dumaresq St., Armidale, thus allowing attendees ample time to have a rest and prepare for Dinner.

6 for 6.30pm – Time for drinks and to mingle prior to the formal dinner. Cost of the Dinner which includes entertainment is $40 p.p. which must be paid no later than 5th February, 2015.

Dinner guests are encouraged to wear kilts, or alternatively, if possible, a touch of tartan and gentlemen, a tie.  The Armidale Committee is anxious to ensure an enjoyable night for all.

More organizational information will be available for all nearer the time of the function by contacting Max Browning below.  
Cost is $40 per person
Enquiries/Bookings: Max Browning, 201 Markham Street, Armidale 2350   
email cooraloo@bigpond.net.au Ph. 02  67728859

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2014 Canberra Highland Gathering and Scottish Fair a great success

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The weather was fine and just perfect for the large number of attendees at the well organised 2014 Canberra Highland Gathering and Scottish Fair at Kambah in the ACT on Saturday 11th October with the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand having their Clan tent.. With just a light breeze to keep all our Scottish and other flags swirling and so many dressed in the various tartans, the day began with the massed pipes and drums along with a representative of all the Scottish Clans in attendance marching up to the official dais to be received by Mr Mick Gentleman MLA, Member for Brindabella and Minister in the ACT Government, standing in for the Chief Minister.

With matching tie and hatband, Mr Gentleman was presented with a haggis as part of the opening ceremony. There were a number of presentations also.

Photo (right, click to enlarge) – President of Clan MacRae, Alan McRae from Bathurst, with the Clan MacRae banner ready for the Official Opening parade. .

Each Clan representative carries their Clan banner and starts at the rear of the massed bands and ends up in the front for the opening ceremony. There were even the well-behaved compact, short-legged, sturdily-built Scottie dogs in this parade with either their black or light coloured wiry, weather-resistant coats. These Scottish terriers originated in Scotland and added to the general ‘Scottish’ atmosphere of the day.

Both brass and pipe bands took part in the day, the brass band’s brightly coloured, red and black uniforms contrasting with the tartans of the pipe bands.

Photo (left, click to enlarge) - Part of the massed bands during the Official Opening and presentations.

A visit to my ancestral home - Eilean Donan, Scotland - 19th August, 2014

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Photo (click to enlarge) - Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland nestled on an island situated where three great sea lochs meet and dwarfed by the resplendent background scenery.

After months of planning and saving my penny’s I finally got to visit my heritage home of Scotland.

This all started with a niggling in the back of my head, to find out more about my father’s heritage. Not much had been said, just bits and pieces, but they obviously stuck, and I had a need to find them.

I gained enough information from the birth certificate of my father and bits and pieces that had been said over my life. Enough information, for me to set me on the ancestry trail.

First I searched for my father’s grandparents - He was John Thomas and she was Annie McRae.

At this stage I did not realise that the daughter of a Scotsman included her maiden name in her married name. So I focused on Annie McRae, nothing came to light, or made sense. I visited various archive premises, with no one telling me that I should have been searching for Annie McRae Thomas.

Clan MacRae Society attending 2014 Canberra Highland Gathering & Scottish Fair

Event Date and Time: 

Saturday, 11 October 2014 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

Once again the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand will have their clan marquee at the Canberra Highland Gathering & Scottish Fair which is taking place on Saturday 11th October, 2014. The traditional Scottish Highland Gathering is being held at Kambah Oval in Kett Street, Kambah. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public from 10am to 5pm.

Alan McRae, President of the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand, will be attending. Allan Smith, Vice President, will be on hand as well. Elma McRae, Clan secretary, intends to travel to the Gathering also. As usual MacRaes/McRaes will be visiting the marquee and Clan MacRae display and anyone who is a descendant of any MacRae, no matter what the spelling, is welcome and encouraged to attend this interesting event and pay us a visit.  

The Canberra College of Piping & Drumming organises the day with this being the fourth annual Scottish Highland Gathering. For those who wish to attend the day it is followed by a celebratory Scottish Ceilidh at night with traditional dancing, singing, piping and drumming at the Canberra Burns Club across the road in the evening.

Clan Macrae meeting

Event Date and Time: 

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 1:00pm

Our next meeting will be held this Wednesday 21st August, 2014, on the 2nd floor Conference Room at Combined Services RSL Club, 5 – 7 Barrack Street, Sydney (not far from Wynyard Railway Station) at 1pm. Note – some members attending have lunch in the bistro at the club from 12 noon.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday – February, May, August and November – at the location above unless notified otherwise.

It would be great to see you there. Alan McRae FAIHA President. 02 63315404 amcrae@lisp.com.au

Clan MacRae Bathurst Highland Gathering and Dinner

Event Date and Time: 

Sunday, 23 March 2014 - 10:00am

The Clan MacRae Bathurst Highland Gathering and Dinner this year will take place on Sunday 23rd March, 2014.  Please come and join the various members, relations and friends of the Clan MacRae Society of Australasia and New Zealand for this special day at the Scots School at Bathurst from 10am. Our Clan marquee will be in the main ring. Note - You don’t have to come all day, you can come after lunch and then stay for the dinner in the evening if you wish.

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