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.

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 Ph. 02  67728859


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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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?

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

Tel. 61 02 63315404

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.

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

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.

Mudgee 15th and 16th February

Event Date and Time: 

Saturday, 15 February 2014 - 5:00pm to Sunday, 16 February 2014 - 10:00am

Reminder - MacRae  Gathering  Mudgee

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th February 2014

An informal get-to-gether of the MacRaes (all spellings) and /or their descendants will take place at the Waratah Hotel, 49-51 Church St, (corner Mortimer Street) Mudgee on Saturday 15th February, 2014, at 5pm for our AGM (if you want to) and afterwards from 6.30pm for dinner on the hotel’s picturesque verandah. Just order your meal (Australian or Chinese) and pay for it at the time. No need for kilts just casual dress.

We have added some other activities/suggestions you might like to participate in – Saturday morning – you can visit the Mudgee Markets and have coffee in one of the many cafes.  Saturday afternoon – visit an underground winery (just 2km out of Mudgee) which has a selection of gourmet foods and wine and tastings from some of the small local winemakers. Next door is the Fairview gallery and coffee shop for coffee/tea and scones. On Sunday morning join us for breakfast from 9am at Christine Volk’s home, 7 Oakfield Close, Mudgee NSW 2850, before you leave.

Clan MACRAE attends Scottish Highland Gathering in Canberra 2013

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For the third year in a row the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand attended the traditional Scottish Highland Gathering held on Kambah Oval in Kett Street, Kambah in Canberra, in for the first time, the most beautiful weather. This year’s event was part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations.

This year’s Scottish Highland Gathering was again hosted by the Canberra College of Piping & Drumming.Clan ACRAE marquee Canberra 12 October 2013

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- Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand marquee.

Clan President Alan McRae and Clan members erected the marquee on Saturday 12th October, 2013. We set up our MacRae banners, flags and a display of MacRae family and Scottish artefacts going back some 600 years.

The whole circumference of Kambah Oval was surrounded by numerous stalls selling food, Scottish and Celtic items, re-enactments groups as well as the colourful marquees of the numerous Clans. What a picture they painted their flags and banners blowing in the slight refreshing breeze.

Photo – Massed bands for the Opening Ceremony

Festivities began at 10am and went through until around 5pm under the bluest skies around for this mass celebration of Scottish and Celtic heritage. At 10.30am the various clans assembled to take part in the official opening by His Excellency Mr Michael Bryce, Chieftain of the Day, in front of a large crowd which included many children.

Photo (click to enlarge) - Federation Guard Precision Drill Team

I had the honour of being the Clan MacRae’s representative as we marched between the ranks of the massed pipes and drums as the bands criss-crossed the oval to await the opening formalities and address. Part of the opening ceremony was a superb precision drill team demonstration by the Federation Guard made up of Australian Army, R.A.A.F. and Navy personnel.

Clan MacRae gathering at Albury 2013

Event Date and Time: 

Saturday, 19 October 2013 - 10:00am to Sunday, 20 October 2013 - 5:00pm



Saturday 19th and

Sunday 20th OCTOBER, 2013

We are hoping the selection of Albury as a venue for our Clan Gathering will give members from both Victoria and New South Wales an opportunity to meet. Of course all members of our world-wide Clan are welcome should you be in the vicinity at this time.

The venue for Saturday’s Afternoon Meet & Greet with a light afternoon tea and the evening Dinner is the Best Western Hovell Tree Motel, on the corner of Hovell Street and Wodonga Place, Albury. There will be an informal, extra-ordinary meeting when members can put forward their ideas for the betterment of the Society. A member of each family will be invited to give an outline of his/her family’s history. You may find another cousin in the room! Perhaps you have old photos or documents to share. A light afternoon tea will be served. Room Hire and Afternoon Tea = $15 Time: 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

On Saturday Evening a Dinner will be held in one of the Motel’s Conference Rooms. Time 6.30 – 10.30p.m.


Clan MacRae Society attending 2013 Canberra Scottish Highland Gathering

Event Date and Time: 

Saturday, 12 October 2013 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Once again the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand will have their clan marquee at the Canberra Scottish Highland Gathering taking place on Saturday 5th October, 2013. 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 from 10am to 5pm.

Finding Flora

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Member Allan Smith like most of us has been tracing his McRae ancestry and seeks your assistance in tracing a photo of his Great Grandmother’s sister, Flora McRae.

In the book “MACRAES DOWN UNDER” page 3-1 Allan is a descendant of Flora McRae of Auchtertyre Ross and John MacRae of Sallachy Ross.


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John McRaePhoto – John MacRae licensee of the Sir Colin Campbell Inn.

As President of the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand I was fascinated to find that a number of MacRaes/McRaes turned up in my recent research concerning Ben Hall and his gang and other associated bushrangers around the 1860s.

On 25th September, 1863, two events took place. Firstly, Ben Hall and his gang robbed Mr. John Loudon’s station “Grubbenbong’ which was situated some 15 miles from Carcoar, near Bathurst. Loudon had arrived in the southern colony in 1841 and later operated a flour mill at Kings Plains just out of Bathurst by 1848. The discovery of gold in 1851 increased his business and with the help of his wife Helen they were able to purchase “Grubbenbong” in 1857. Hall’s gang stayed for a meal with their captives and talked till the early hours.

The other event started when two men who had been arrested at the same time as Thomas Frederick Lowry, another bushranger, were set free from the court in Goulburn. Tom Lowry had held up the Mudgee Mail Coach on the 29th August, 1861, and stole a haul of bank notes.

John MacRae’s name was also associated with the Mudgee Mail Coach holdup. Some time after the holdup one of the stolen Australian Joint Stock Bank’s notes from the robbery turned up in Goulburn and an investigation found it had been paid to James Ross by John MacRae, who was the licensee of either the Buck’s Head Inn or the Sir Colin Campbell Inn at the time. Ross had then paid the note on to James Marsden who had banked it in Goulburn.


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