September 2014

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

Content by: Sue Stancombe

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, October 11, 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.