Clan MacRae - A Most Brief History

Chapter Two - Descendants of Maurice Of Clunes Macrath

Generations 1 - 10

Generation No. 1

1. Maurice Of Clunes1 MacRath1 was born Abt. 1280 in Ireland, and died Abt. 1350 in Scotland.

Notes for Maurice Of Clunes MacRath:

Of a possible migration of the Clan MacRae to Scotland from Ireland, little is known, but their first known home in Scotland was on the lands of Lord Lovat of Clunes (between Beauly and Inverness on the south side of the Beauly Firth) sometime during the mid-13th century. Virtually all sources are in agreement on the location. As evidence, they cite among other things the long and solid friendship between the Frasers of Lovat and the Macraes, and the presence of many Macraes near Dingwall.

The tradition as told by Ella MacRae-Gilstrap is that Maurice MacRath and two others left Ireland as the result of a quarrel after too much celebration at a wedding feast, and came to Lovat country in Scotland, arriving just as a would-be assassin was about to attack Bissett, Lord of Lovat. Having just fled from trouble caused by becoming involved in an argument, the two others declined to intervene. But MacRath killed the assassin and the grateful Bissett invited MacRath to settle on his estates.

The MacRath family remained for some time at Lovat. The Bissetts lost control of Lovat sometime between 1305 and 1333, when with no male heirs, their daughter Mary married a Fraser and the Lordship of Lovat passed to the Frasers. Mary and at least two succeeding generations of Fraser children were fostered (raised) in a MacRath home, and they developed such warm feelings for their foster family that the Frasers inscribed over the door at Beaufort Castle in Beauly the following:

'Fhad 'sa bhitheas Frisealach a stigh, na biheadh MacRath a muigh'
(As long as a Fraser lives within, let not a MacRath remain without.)

Tradition says that Maurice had several sons. He was chief forester for the Lovats, and it was his responsibility to assign starting positions in the forest to the hunters when great hunts were held. On one such occasion, the illegitimate son of the Earl of Lovat objected to his assigned position, and became abusive to Maurice (by then an old man). One of Maurice's sons, John (Ian) of Clunes, came to his father's defense. Words led to blows and finally to the death of Lovat's son at John's hands.

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Children of Maurice Of Clunes MacRath are:

2 i. Duncan Of Clunes2 MacRath, born Abt. 1315. He married dau. ? Of Craignish Campbell.

Notes for Duncan Of Clunes MacRath:

Duncan went to Argyleshire, married the heiress of the Campbell's of Craignish and his successors took the surname of Campbell -- effectively ending this branch of Clan MacRae.

3 ii. Christopher Of Clunes MacRath, born Abt. 1316.

Notes for Christopher Of Clunes MacRath:

Christopher went to Braeross near Dingwall and lived at Brahan where a piece of land became known as Cnoc Mhicrath (MacRa's hill), and the spring well which afforded the water to the castle was called Tobair Mhicrath (MacRa's well). Brahan was then and continued to be the main home of the Mackenzies. Christopher's descendants settled in Strathgarve, Strathbren and Strathconan.

4 iii. John 'Ian Carrach' Of Clunes MacRath, born Abt. 1317; died Abt. 1400. He married dau. ? Macaulay Abt. 1340 in Achnagart.

Notes for John 'Ian Carrach' Of Clunes MacRath:

John (Ian Carrach) MacRae, which means "fidgety John", was forced to leave Clunes (southeast of Kintail) after he had killed the Earl of Lovat's illegitimate son. He went to Kintail where he spent his first night in the house of a man called Macaulay at Achnagart. He eventually married Macaulay's daughter and their child (Christopher) was the first MacRath born in Kintail. He was connected with the Mackenzies who were just getting a foothold in the west, having recently acquired Eilean Donan Castle. The family he established was called Clann Ian Charrich MacRath of Torlysich, and became for approximately 200 years, one of the chief families of Kintail until Malcolm Ian Charrich MacRae, Constable of Eilean Donan, lost his influence by supporting Hector Roy's claim for the estates of Kintail against John of Killin. There is no known recorded genealogy of John's descendants although according to Ella MacRae-Gilstrap, 'several well-known MacRae families claim descent from him.'

Rev. John MacRa, Rev. Alexander Macrae and Ella MacRae-Gilstrap, in describing the departure of John, indicate that it was some time before the other sons left. According to all three versions, however, there was at last only Maurice remaining at Clunes.

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5 iv. Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes MacRath, born Abt. 1318.

Generation No. 2

5. Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath (Maurice Of Clunes1) was born Abt. 1318.

Notes for Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes MacRath:

Finlay eventually wound up in Kintail with his brother John MacRae.

Child of Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes MacRath is:

6 i. Christopher3 MacRae, born Abt. 1350; died Abt. 1410.

Generation No. 3

6. Christopher3 MacRae (Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1) was born Abt. 1350, and died Abt. 1410.

Notes for Christopher MacRae:

Christopher was the first MacRae born in Kintail.

Child of Christopher MacRae is:

7 i. Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4 MacRae, born Abt. 1380; died Aft. 1427.

Generation No. 4

7. Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4 MacRae (Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1)2 was born Abt. 1380, and died Aft. 1427.

Notes for Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd MacRae:

Fionnla Macrae, known as Black Finlay Macrae, was progenitor of the Kintail family. His descendants from 1520 became the keepers of Eilean Donan Castle, the stronghold of the Mackenzies of Kintail. Like the Maclennans, the Macraes faithfully supported the Mackenzies and were often referred to as the "Mackenzies shirt of mail."

Children of Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd MacRae are:

8 i. Christopher5 MacRae, born Abt. 1440.

9 ii. John MacRae, born Abt. 1442; died Abt. 1520.

Generation No. 5

8. Christopher5 MacRae (Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1)3 was born Abt. 1440.

Children of Christopher MacRae are:

10 i. Finlay6 MacRae, born Abt. 1466.

11 ii. Donald MacRae, born Abt. 1468.

12 iii. Duncan 'Big Duncan Of The Battle Axe' MacRae, born Abt. 1470.

13 iv. Maurice MacRae, born Abt. 1472.

9. John5 MacRae (Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1)4 was born Abt. 1442, and died Abt. 1520.

Child of John MacRae is:

14 i. Margaret6 MacRae, born Abt. 1510; died 1598. She married John Of Drummory Gordon.

Notes for Margaret MacRae:

Margaret was Lady in Waiting to the Countess of Sutherland, and who appears to have married John Gordon of Drummory, son of Adam Gordon, Dean of Caithness, son of Alexander, 1st Earl of Huntly. From the marriage to John Gordon, descended the Gordons of Embo. and for this reason we are told that "there was of old great friendship and correspondence betwixt the Gordons of Sutherland, come of this family, and the MacRaes of Kintail.'

HCM, p 16

Generation No. 6

10. Finlay6 MacRae (Christopher5, Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1)5 was born Abt. 1466.

Children of Finlay MacRae are:

15 i. Christopher 'Gillechriosd'7 MacRae, born Abt. 1485; died Aft. 1539.

16 ii. John 'Ian Mor nan Cas' MacRae, born Abt. 1486.

17 iii. Gilpatrick MacRae, born Abt. 1488.

18 iv. Miles 'Maolmuire' MacRae, born Abt. 1490; died Bef. 1539 in Kinlochewe6.

Notes for Miles 'Maolmuire' MacRae:

Part of a monument erected on the spot where Miles was killed is said to have been standing about 1700. Miles left numerous issue, some of whom appear to have lived in Gairloch, and others in Tain.

HCM, p. 24

12. Duncan 'Big Duncan Of The Battle Axe'6 MacRae (Christopher5, Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1)7 was born Abt. 1470.

Notes for Duncan 'Big Duncan Of The Battle Axe' MacRae:

Duncan greatly distinguished himself with his battle-axe at the Battle of Park, which was fought at Strathpeffer between the Macdonalds and the Mackenzies shortly before the death of Alexander Ionraie, which took place in 1488. Oral tradition says that Big Duncan was nineteen years at the time of the battle. Duncan was a contemporary of the son of Alexander, Kenneth Ionraic (Coinneach a Bhlair), or Kenneth of the battle, knighted by James IV of Scotland. From this, we estimate Duncan's birth date c. 1470. From this date, we have estimated descendants back to Maurice of Clunes.

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"Big Duncan of the Battle Axe" (Donnach Mor na Tuaigh) was a tall, wild-looking young Macrae of 19 who accounted for dozens of Macdonald dead at the Battle of Blar-na-Pairc. At the beginning of the battle, Duncan found himself in possession of a rusty old axe and seemed to be in a world of his own, hanging back at the edge of the fight. He was spotted by Red Hector who asked him why he was not fighting. Pointing to the axe he was holding in his hands, Duncan replied he wouldn't fight and do a man's work unless he got a man's esteem.''Do a man's work, and at once, and you will get a man's esteem,'' said Hector. Duncan charged into the fight and killed a man with his first blow, dragged him to the side and then sat on the body.

Red Hector, spotting Duncan's inactivity once more, asked him why he'd stopped fighting. Duncan replied if he got the esteem of one man's work then he'd only do one man's work. Do two men's work and you'll get two men's esteem, Red Hector shouted out angrily. At this Duncan again plunged into the fight, slew another Macdonald, dragged him back and then sat down again on both bodies. Now more than a little exasperated at the strange antics of the Macrae, a furious Hector ordered him to get to work or he would have him to reckon with instead. At that, Duncan flew into the attack with a savageness credited to have turned the fortunes of the battle, with dozens of Macdonalds swept aside as if they were little more than blades of grass.

Where the fighting was at its thickest, Duncan is said to have met one of the Macdonald leaders, Maclean of Lochbuie (Lachlan MacThearlaich), who by all accounts was proving a particularly deadly adversary. It turned out to be a battle of the giants, with both more than a match for each other in skill and strength, one armed with a sword and the other an axe. But Duncan, with no armor of any kind proved the nimbler, Maclean finding it difficult to move at great speed because of the chain mail he was wearing. The Macrae parried the sword blows with ease but, forced to move back, stumbled and fell into a ditch. Luckily his enemy's sword also became stuck in the ditch, too. Bending forward to withdraw it, Maclean's neck was exposed for just a second, long enough for Duncan to bring his axe down. When the enemy saw their leader's head cut clean off, it proved the beginning of the end, the rout which had been threatening from the word go turning into a headlong flight. Though the battle was now over, the killing continued through the surrounding hills and glens as the Mackenzies pursued their hated enemies without mercy.

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Child of Duncan 'Big Duncan Of The Battle Axe' MacRae is:

19 i. Dougal7 MacRae.

Notes for Dougal MacRae:

About 1480 Allan Macleod, Laird of Gairloch whose wife was a sister of Hector Roy, had been murdered with his two young sons by his brothers in an effort to destroy the influence of the Mackenzies in Gairloch. Hector Roy undertook to avenge the three deaths by destroying the MacLeods. When the affair was reported to Edinburgh, Hector Roy received a commission of Fire and Sword against the MacLeods of Gairloch and launched an offensive. Big Duncan of the Axe (Duncan MacRae) and his son Dougal fought together with Hector Roy against the MacLeods. At one point in the battle, Dougal was attached by four men. When told that his son was in grave danger, Big Duncan replied "Leave him alone. If he is my son there is no fear of him." Dougal eventually triumphed, killing all four MacLeods.

Generation No. 7

15. Christopher 'Gillechriosd'7 MacRae (Finlay6, Christopher5, Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1)8 was born Abt. 1485, and died Aft. 1539.

More About Christopher 'Gillechriosd' MacRae:

Occupation: 1511-1538, Constable of Eilean Donan

Children of Christopher 'Gillechriosd' MacRae are:

20 i. Christopher 'Beg'8 MacRae, born Abt. 1500.

Notes for Christopher 'Beg' MacRae:

After the death of his brother the Chief of the Mackenzies, and his brother's oldest son, Hector Roy attempted for a time to assume the role of Chief. He questioned the heritage of the Chief's younger son, John of Killin, who was still a child. He was well liked in Kintail, and was supported by Malcolm Ian Charrich MacRae, constable of Eilean Donan Castle. With the assistance of the descendants of Finlay (among many others), the supporters of John of Killin prevailed and in 1507 obtained an order from the Lords of Council that Hector Roy must surrender the castle. When he didn't yield, John of Killin's supporters took Hector Roy prisoner and faced with a threat of death, he agreed to turn the Kintail estates over to John when he reached adulthood. John demanded the castle immediately. As constable, Malcolm refused to give it up without Hector Roy's consent.

During the ensuing siege, Malcolm's cattle were brought to the seashore and slaughtered to feed the besiegers. Hector Roy consented to the surrender of the castle, but Malcolm still refused to give it up until he was paid for the loss of his cattle. Hector Roy finally convinced him to surrender the castle. Upon gaining control, John of Killin immediately dismissed Malcolm and installed Finlay MacRae's descendant, Christopher MacRae as constable of Eilean Donan Castle. The incident provoked a feud between the two western branches of the MacRae family which lasted for "many years." The feud between the two branches of the Mackenzies lasted for over 100 years.

21 ii. Duncan 'Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd' MacRae, born Abt. 1502; died Abt. 1560.

22 iii. Farquhar Of Torlysich MacRae, born Abt. 1504; died Abt. 1550.

23 iv. Finlay Dubh MacRae, born Abt. 1506; died Abt. 1550.

24 v. John MacRae, born Abt. 1508; died Abt. 1555.

25 vi. Donald MacRae, born Abt. 1510; died Abt. 1560.

Generation No. 8

21. Duncan 'Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd'8 MacRae (Christopher 'Gillechriosd'7, Finlay6, Christopher5, Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1)9 was born Abt. 1502, and died Abt. 1560. He married dau. ? Of Glenmoriston10 Abt. 1536, daughter of Duncan Ban Of Glenmoriston.

Notes for Duncan 'Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd' MacRae:

Duncan (Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd) is progenitor of the Inverinate family.

Duncan, second son of Christopher, was called Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd. He was in his own day a prominent man in the affairs of Kintail, and gained great renown for himself by killing Donald Gorm Macdonald, of Sleat, at the siege of Ellandonan Castle, in 1539.

HCM, p 24

Duncan (5th of Kintail) MacRae fatally wounded Duncan Gorm the chief of the Macdonalds of Sleat in 1539, protecting Eilean Donan castle. Sometime later, Duncan MacRae, Chamberlain of Kintail was granted the estate of Inverinate that remained in the family for over 200 years. The MacRaes as loyal followers of the Mackenzies were not only constables of Eilean Donan Castle, but were also Chamberlains of Kintail and Vicars of Kintail as well as sharing with them their hatred of the Macleods.

In 1539 when Donald Gruamach of Sleat was besieging the (Eilean Donan) castle (at that time commanded by a Matheson), in his effort to restore the lordship of the Isles in his own person, Duncan MacRae, son of a previous constable, shot him in the knee with an arrow fired from the battlements. The would might not have been so bad but Sleat impatiently wrenched out the arrow, and the barbs fatally ripped an artery. There are other tales of the individual military prowess of 'the wild MacRaes,' one of whom, when Cromwellian troops occupied Eilean Donan, slew a soldier with one stroke of his sword.

Scottish Clans & Tartans, Neil Grant, The Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1987, p. 210.

Duncan, 5th of Kintail, whose arrow caused the death of Donald Gorm of Sleat at Eilean Donan in 1539, was granted the lands of Inverinate about 1557, and these remained in the family for over 200 years.

The Clans and Tartans of Scotland, Robert Bain, William Collins Sons & Co., London, 1968, p.230.

Children of Duncan MacRae and dau. are:

26 i. Christopher 'MacGonnachie'9 MacRae, born Abt. 1537; died Abt. 1615.

27 ii. John MacRae, born Abt. 1538; died Abt. 1620.

23. Finlay Dubh8 MacRae (Christopher 'Gillechriosd'7, Finlay6, Christopher5, Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1)11 was born Abt. 1506, and died Abt. 1550. He married Isabel Mackenzie, daughter of Dougal Mackenzie and dau..

Notes for Finlay Dubh MacRae:

Lived at Aryugan, near Ardintoul.

Notes for Isabel Mackenzie:

Isabel Mackenzie was the daughter of Sir Dougal Mackenzie, Priest of Kintail. Finlay and Isabel had a son, Christopher. Isabel left her husband to make her home with Alister Dubh Chisholm of Strathglass, taking Christopher with her. When he was grown, Christopher settled in Strathglass, became a man of importance and means, and from him there were descended MacRaes of Strathglass. There are no previous instances of MacRaes marrying Chisholms in the recorded MacRae genealogies.

Child of Finlay MacRae and Isabel Mackenzie is:

28 i. Christopher Of Strathglass9 MacRae, born Abt. 1510; died Abt. 1580.

Generation No. 9

26. Christopher 'MacGonnachie'9 MacRae (Duncan 'Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd'8, Christopher 'Gillechriosd'7, Finlay6, Christopher5, Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1)12 was born Abt. 1537, and died Abt. 1615. He married Isabella Murchison, daughter of John 'Mac Mhurchaidh Dhuibb' Murchison.

Notes for Isabella Murchison:

Daughter of Rev. Murdoch Murchison of Kintail, Constable of Eilean Donan.

SOURCE: Kindred Konnections - 11/18/97 - shows b. 1550 d. 1600 - not a validated source

Children of Christopher MacRae and Isabella Murchison are:

29 i. Duncan 'Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd'10 MacRae, born Abt. 1578; died Abt. 1650.

30 ii. Farquhar Of Inverinate MacRae, born 1580 in Eilean Donan, Rosshire, Scotland; died January 1661/62 in Kintail, Scotland.

31 iii. John MacRae, born Abt. 1582; died Abt. 1650.

32 iv. Finlay MacRae, born Abt. 1584.

33 v. Maurice Of Kintail MacRae, born Abt. 1586; died Abt. 1660 in Strathglass.

Notes for Maurice Of Kintail MacRae:

Maurice, fifth son of Christopher, is said to have been a strong and industrious man, who loved Kintail better than any other place. He had advantageous offers from Earl Colin to go to Kinlochewe; but he would not go, and the Earl, appreciating his devotion to his native place, gave him his choice of a tack in it. He was a man of means, and gave money to the Laird of Chisholm, for which he and his successors had grazing in Glen Affrie till the principal was paid. Maurice was drowned in Strathglass on his way home from Inverness, and was buried in Kintail.

More About Maurice Of Kintail MacRae:

Burial: Kintail

Cause of Death: Drowned

34 vi. Christopher 'Og' MacRae, born Abt. 1590; died Abt. 1660.

35 vii. Donald 'Domhnull na Smurich' MacRae, born Abt. 1590; died Abt. 1660.

27. John9 MacRae (Duncan 'Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd'8, Christopher 'Gillechriosd'7, Finlay6, Christopher5, Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1)13 was born Abt. 1538, and died Abt. 1620.

Children of John MacRae are:

36 i. Christopher10 MacRae.

37 ii. Duncan MacRae, born Abt. 1574; died 1654.

38 iii. Finlay MacRae.

28. Christopher Of Strathglass9 MacRae (Finlay Dubh8, Christopher 'Gillechriosd'7, Finlay6, Christopher5, Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1)14 was born Abt. 1510, and died Abt. 1580.

Generation No. 10

30. Farquhar Of Inverinate10 MacRae (Christopher 'MacGonnachie'9, Duncan 'Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd'8, Christopher 'Gillechriosd'7, Finlay6, Christopher5, Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1) was born 1580 in Eilean Donan, Rosshire, Scotland, and died January 1661/62 in Kintail, Scotland. He married Christina Of Park Macculloch December 01, 1611, daughter of son ? Macculloch Of Park, Strathpeffer.

Notes for Farquhar Of Inverinate MacRae:

The Rev. Farquhar Macrae of Inverinate (1580-1662) combined his offices as Constable of Eilean Donan and Chamberlain of Kintail with that of Vicar of Kintail for over 40 years.

SOURCE: THE MACLEODS OF ARNISDALE, compiled by Rev. Donald MacKinnon, Portree, Skye, Scotland, 1929, reprinted by The Clan MacLeod Society USA, Migration Project Publications Series, Number 1, 1984, p. 12.

They (MacRaes) became constables of Eilean Donan castle -- not a hereditary office since it was sometimes held by others -- more-or-less permanently. They also held other honoured posts under Mackenzie of Seaforth, whose chamberlain was at various times a MacRae, and were ministers of surrounding parishes. In the 17th century the same man was constable of Eilean Donan and minister of Kintail. This was Farquhar MacRae (1580-1662) of Inverinate, whose grandson Duncan of the Silver Cups compiled the invaluable Gaelic poetry anthology known as the Fernaig Manuscript, which contained works by himself and other MacRaes.

Scottish Clans & Tartans, Neil Grant, The Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1987, p. 210.

More About Farquhar Of Inverinate MacRae:

Burial: January 1661/62, Kilduich, in Kintail

Occupation: 1618, Constable of Eilean Donan

Education: University of Edinburgh

Children of Farquhar MacRae and Christina Macculloch are:

44 i. Alexander Of Inverinate11 MacRae, born Abt. 1612; died Abt. 1685. He married (1) Margaret Of Redcastle Mackenzie Abt. 1630. He married (2) Mary Of Dochmaluag Strathpeffer Mackenzie 1650.

More About Alexander Of Inverinate MacRae:

Occupation: Chamberlain of Kintail

45 ii. John Of Dingwall MacRae, born 1612-1613; died 1673. He married (1) Agnes Of Kincraig Mackenzie. He married (2) Florence Innes.

46 iii. Donald Of Kintail MacRae, born Abt. 1615; died Abt. 1681. He married Isabel Of Hilton Mackenzie.

More About Donald Of Kintail MacRae:

Occupation: 1649, Vicar of Urray

47 iv. Miles MacRae, born Abt. 1616.

48 v. Murdoch MacRae, born 1617; died Abt. 1700.

49 vi. John 'Ian Breac' Of Kintail MacRae, born Abt. 1618; died Bef. July 28, 1696. He married dau. ? of Mackenzie Of Hilton15.

Notes for John 'Ian Breac' Of Kintail MacRae:

SOURCE: THE MACLEODS OF ARNISDALE, compiled by Rev. Donald MacKinnon, Portree, Skye, Scotland, 1929, reprinted by The Clan MacLeod Society USA, Migration Project Publications Series, Number 1, 1984, p. 12.

Son of the Rev. Farquhar MacRae of Kintail.

50 vii. Christopher MacRae, born Abt. 1619.

51 viii. Thomas MacRae, born Abt. 1620.

52 ix. Isabel MacRae, born Abt. 1621. She married (1) Malcolm MacRae. She married (2) William Of Dochmaluag Mackenzie Aft. 1645.

Notes for Malcolm MacRae:

Killed at the battle of Auldearn in 1645.

53 x. Helen MacRae, born Abt. 1622. She married John Of Knockbain Bayne.

31. John10 MacRae (Christopher 'MacGonnachie'9, Duncan 'Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd'8, Christopher 'Gillechriosd'7, Finlay6, Christopher5, Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1)16 was born Abt. 1582, and died Abt. 1650. He married dau. ? Of Balmacarra Matheson, daughter of Dugald Of Balmacarra Matheson.

Notes for John MacRae:

John was governor or tutor to Colin Mackenzie, first Earl of Seaforth, at the University of Edinburgh, and appears to have gained a great influence over his pupil, whose "early and unexpected death (in 1633) did so dispirit him that he afterwards lived in the Highlands more obscurely than was expected of him." He also studied medicine, and left behind him a great reputation among his own countrymen for his skill as a physician.

HCM, p 4-45.

Children of John MacRae and dau. Matheson are:

54 i. Christopher11 MacRae.

55 ii. Donald MacRae.

56 iii. Duncan MacRae.

32. Finlay10 MacRae (Christopher 'MacGonnachie'9, Duncan 'Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd'8, Christopher 'Gillechriosd'7, Finlay6, Christopher5, Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd4, Christopher3, Fionnla Mor Nan Gad Of Clunes2 MacRath, Maurice Of Clunes1) was born Abt. 1584.

Child of Finlay MacRae is:

57 i. Donald 'Domhnull Dubh'11 MacRae.


Endnotes

1. Neil Grant, Scottish Clans & Tartans, (The Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1987), 209, The name MacRath means 'son of grace'. MacRae is one of many anglicised forms, which include Macrea and the Irish form Magrath, which is closest to the original. It is basically a forename (like MacBeth), and may or may not have something to do with the number of MacRaes who entered the Church in the early modern period. When surnames first became common at the end of the Middle Ages MacRaes cropped up in various parts of the Lowlands and modern MacRaes are not necessarily related to the clan for ever associated with Kintail and the castle of Eilean Donan.

2. History Of The Clan MacRae, 14, According to Rev. John Macrae, the founder of the Clan MacRae of Kintail was Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd (Black Finlay, the son of Christopher), who was removed by two or three generations from the man who came from Clunes.

3. History Of The Clan MacRae, 16, Christopher, eldest son of Finlay Dubh, of whom very little is known, had four sons; 1. Finlay, 2. Donald, 3. Duncan, 4. Maurice.

4. History Of The Clan MacRae, 15, John, who was educated at Beauly Priory, took holy orders, and became priest of Kintail, in Sutherlandshire.

5. History Of The Clan MacRae, 21, Finlay, eldest son of Christopher, was the contemporary and chief counselor of John of Killin, ninth Baron of Kintail, who fought at Flodden in 1513, and at Pinkie in 1547.

6. History Of The Clan MacRae, 24, Miles or Malmuire was killed at Kinlochewe shortly before 1539 by the followers of Donald Gorm Macdonald, of Sleat.

7. History Of The Clan MacRae, 16-17, Duncan, who was the most noted of Christopher's sons, is known in the traditions of Kintail as Donnacha mor na Taugh (Big Duncan of the Battle-Axe). He was a man of great valour and personal strength, and many legends have been preserved of the brave deeds he performed in the contests of the Mackenzies and Macraes with their common enemies. He greatly distinguished himself with his battle-axe at the Battle of Park, which was fought at Strathpeffer between the Macdonalds and the Mackenzies shortly before the death of Alexander Ionraic, which took place in 1488.

8. History Of The Clan MacRae, 24, Eldest son of Finlay, was appointed Constable of Ellandonan Castle, ..., probably about 1511.

9. History Of The Clan MacRae, 29, The year 1557 was probably the date of Duncan's return to Kintail (from Crochel, in the country of Lord Lovat).

10. History Of The Clan MacRae, 30, Duncan married the widow of John Dubh Matheson, Constable of Ellendonan. She was a daughter of Duncan Ban of Glenmoriston, and was first married to Sir Dougal Mackenzie, ...

11. History Of The Clan MacRae, 24-25, Called Finlay Dubh. He married Isabel, daughter of Sir Dougal Mackenzie, Priest of Kintail, who is spoken of as a very beautiful woman, but of doubtful character.

12. History Of The Clan MacRae, 33, Christopher, eldest son of Duncan, was for some time Constable of Ellendonan Castle. He is said to have been "prudent and solid in counsel and advice, bold, forward and daring when need required, yet remarkably merciful during the bloody wars 'twixt Mackenzie and Glengarry."

13. History Of The Clan MacRae, 30, John, who was "a resolute and warlike man," and took a very active part in the great feud which raged at this time between the Macdonalds of Glengarry and the Mackenzies of Kintail.

14. History Of The Clan MacRae, 25, Christopher settled in Strathglass, where he became a man of importance and means, and from him the Macraes of Strathglass were descended.

15. History Of The Clan MacRae, 171-172, John Breac was married, but it is uncertain who his wife was. He had at least three children, and his eldest son, Duncan, was born before his marriage.

16. History Of The Clan MacRae, 44, The Rev. John, third son of Christopher, was "a man of an able and strong body, a sharp and sagacious mind, and somewhat more curious in his learning than his elder brother, Mr. Farquhar."

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