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Hello fellow Macrae/McRaes, I have recently begun researching our particular McRae family. John'Roy'McRae and his wife Mary McLennan arrived in Australia in 1853. John was the son of Duncan (Donnacha Sealgair) McRae and Margaret McRae from the Kintail and Lochbroom areas in Scotland. I have very few details of John and Mary's history in Scotland, and sketchy details only of the generations preceding them. Are there any other descendants of these McRae families out there who may be able to help me please? I would be most grateful for any information about the early Macrae/McRaes, as well as any interesting stories/events pertaining to any of the McRae generations in our line of descendancy. Many thanks in advance. Alison (Ally)McRae
allymc@bigpond.net.au

Query posted by : Alison McRae

27 Jan 2005 at 06.47
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There was a book published privately in about 1970 titled "Scots Corner" by Betty Cameron. There is also a book to be pulished in about Aug 2006 titled "The McRaes Downunder" by Flora Wilmont. Both these have alot of info on Aust and Scotland

Reply posted by : Barry McRae

19 Jul 2006 at 13.34
 
 
Barry McRae
kintailne@bigpond.com

Reply posted by : Barry McRae

19 Jul 2006 at 13.42
 
 
Hello alison my name is Melanie McRae and my father was Thomas McRae and grandfather Donald McRae and great grandfather was also Thomas McRae, and my G G Grandfather was Donald McRae born 1830 ish in ayrshire .I have yet to trace back further as i am stuck on Donald who married an Isabella McRae in 1863 in dingwall (M.S Ross).If you can help with any info that would be great or if you want to chat more feel free Melanie

Reply posted by : Melanie McRae

2 May 2009 at 17.35
 
 
Hello Ally, how's it going? Out of curiosity did the John McRae you speak of reside in Hawker in the Flinders Ranges? My grandfather Neil McRae, I think he may be a descendant. His mother was named Bertha and they lived in a place not far from Castle rock. I think its on Yednalue road. I was speaking to one of my cousins they were telling me a lot about the family in Australia, but they are not sure of when the first McRae came out from Scotland or even where he resided in Scotland.

Reply posted by : Debra McRae

16 Dec 2012 at 09.15
 
 
Message for Debra who posted here in Dec 2012: Hello Debra - I just found your reply to my message. I know the Neil you mentioned and his father John Francis who married Ada McArthur. John was the son of John McRae (snr) who was born on 22/2/1822, somewhere in Scotland. He married Eliza Kelly, and died on 31/1/1878. He had at least 5 children. It's possible that this line is connected to my line of McRaes, but we do not know whereabouts in Scotland this John McRae hailed from. The line I'm researching were from Contin, Ross before emigrating. I'm keen to find out more about your line of McRaes, such as whereabouts they came from in Scotland, and maybe finding earlier ancestors. We have friends who are descended from this line. Cheers, Ally

Reply posted by : Alison McRae

25 Feb 2013 at 06.53
 
 
Hello again, Debra. I forgot to mention that John McRae, born Scotland 22/2/1822 is believed to have arrived in Port Phillip aboard the "Abberton" or "Alberton" ?? in 1836. I have some information on his descendants. One of those descendants - Phillip Coad (grandson of Ada Mary McRae who was the daughter of John Francis McRae) was staying here with us until this morning! Ada was your Neil's Aunt. John Francis McRae was Ada's father. Cheers - Ally

Reply posted by : Alison McRae

25 Feb 2013 at 07.29
 
 
Hello Ally,

Just curious as to whether you have heard this story about Neil McRae. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taman_Shud_Case

On 6 June 1949, the body of two-year-old Clive Mangnoson was found in a sack in the Largs Bay sand hills, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) down the coast from Somerton.[68] Lying next to him was his unconscious father, Keith Waldemar Mangnoson.[69] The father was taken to a hospital in a very weak condition, suffering from exposure;[68] following a medical examination, he was transferred to a mental hospital.[70]
The Mangnosons had been missing for four days. The police believed that Clive had been dead for twenty-four hours when his body was found.[71] The two were found by Neil McRae[72] of Largs Bay, who claimed he had seen the location of the two in a dream the night before.[73]
The coroner could not determine the young Mangnoson's cause of death, although it was not believed to be natural causes.[14] The contents of the boy's stomach were sent to a government analyst for further examination.[68]
Following the death, the boy's mother, Roma Mangnoson, reported having been threatened by a masked man, who, while driving a battered cream car, almost ran her down outside her home in Cheapside Street, Largs North.[14] Mrs Mangnoson stated that "the car stopped and a man with a khaki handkerchief over his face told her to 'keep away from the police or else.'" Additionally a similar looking man had been recently seen lurking around the house.[14] Mrs. Mangnoson believed that this situation was related to her husband's attempt to identify the Somerton Man, believing him to be Carl Thompsen, who had worked with him in Renmark in 1939.[14]
J. M. Gower, secretary of the Largs North Progress Association received anonymous phone calls threatening that Mrs. Mangnoson would meet with an accident if he interfered while A. H. Curtis, the acting mayor of Port Adelaide received three anonymous phone calls threatening "an accident" if he "stuck his nose into the Mangnoson affair." Police suspect the calls may be a hoax and the caller may be the same person who also terrorised a woman in a nearby suburb who had recently lost her husband in tragic circumstances.[14]
Soon after being interviewed by police over her harassment, Mrs. Mangnoson collapsed and required medical treatment.[74]

Reply posted by : Debra McRae

25 Feb 2013 at 10.36
 
 
Hi Debra, What an interesting story! Thank you for sending it to me. I'm trying to find details on this branch of the McRae family, as my friend Phil Coad (his mum was Margaret McRae) is keen to find out more. I've done pretty well on my husband's McRae line, which is why I originally joined the forum, and now would like to help Phil, and maybe also find out if his McRaes and ours are connected back in Scotland somewhere?? Would like to keep in touch with you - you can email me: allymc@bigpond.net.au If there's any info that I have on the SA McRaes that can be of use to you, I will send it to you. Cheers - Ally

Reply posted by : Alison McRae

25 Feb 2013 at 11.46
 
 
Hi Ally,
Hope all is well? If you see my cousins "the coads" say hi for me please.

I see a Debra McRae that is realted to Neil McRae asking you questions. We a re relatives, but I do not think we have ever met. I would like to get in contact with you Debra. Hopefully you see this message. Your Great Grandma was my grandpas (Frederick James) sister (Bertha Ellen).
You have a LOT of relatives. All the best.

John F. McRae GG Grandson of John McRae B C 1822 Scotland.
(PS I have done DNA tests, and have links with several other MacRae/McRaes in Scotland and Canada!)

Reply posted by : John F. McRae

21 Aug 2015 at 07.42
 
 
My email address:

johnfmcrae@iprimus.com.au

John,
Lewsiton South Australia

Reply posted by : John F. McRae

21 Aug 2015 at 07.47
 
 
My mother Dorothy Griffey (nee McRae) has done extensive research on the family tree in australia fenlee@esc.net.au

Reply posted by : Dave Griffey

9 Apr 2016 at 15.22
 
 
My mother Dorothy Griffey (nee McRae) has done extensive research on the family tree in australia fenlee@esc.net.au

Reply posted by : Dave Griffey

9 Apr 2016 at 15.22
 
 
Hi Alison I have quite a lot of information regarding Mary McLennan and John Roy McRae I can give you access to my Ancestry tree. Cheers Pam

Reply posted by : Pamela McRae

1 May 2016 at 05.09
 
 
Hi Alison McRae
I have recently started looking through family records from my mothers family. I was interesting in your post as my GG Grandmother was Catherine McLennan born 1836 to Alexander McLennan and Christina McRae from Roseshire (which I am thinking must be Ross-Shire) Scotland.
It could be coincidence that they are of the same surnames that you have talked about.
Catherine married George Burrows and were living near Riewa, Vic Australia when their daughter Laura was born in 1873.

Reply posted by : Christine

18 Jul 2017 at 23.47
 
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