We have traced my bloodline back to my great great great grandfather, Colin McRae, who was a blacksmith in Pitslago Parish, Co. Aberdeen and Hillhead of Pittendrum. He had 2 wives and 7 children (Robina and John to his first wife Isabel Brebner, and a further 5 children called Colin, James, William, Helen and Mary to his second wife Mary Fowlie, of New Deer). His son Colin McRae, my great great grandfather, was the blacksmith in Leith and later moved to Edinburgh where he married Helen Grant. Their son, Robert Grant McRae (my great grandfather) was a tailor in Edinburgh and he married Mary Jane Robertson. The names 'Grant' and 'Robertson' have both been used as middle names for several descendants in the family. My grandfather was named Colin Grant McRae and my mother is called Elizabeth Robertson McRae, her sister was named Shirley Patricia Grant McRae.
If anyone has any information on Colin McRae going back further than 1800, or McRae's living in the Pitsligo/Hillhead of Pittendrum region around that time, I'd be very interested to hear from you. Thanks.
Query posted by : Debbie Walker