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I'm trying to find our if there are any McRaes out there to whom I may be related.

My grandfather was Kenneth McRae, son of John, son of Donald, son of Kenneth. The one thing that John, Donald and my grandfather all had in common is that they either built (Donald) lived in (John) or owned (Kenneth) Rose Cottage in Strathpeffer close to the Spa Pavillion. That property was in the family from the early part of the 19th Century until the early part of the 20th Century. I still hold the original lease under which the property was held. The lease was surrendered back to the local estate when my grandfather's family were unable to pay for the roof repairs. The property,s name has since been changed. When last I looked it possessed the rather inelegant name of Glen Marvin.

Ken McRae

Query posted by : Ken McRae

30 Jul 2004 at 18.08
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Dear Ken,I do not know if we are related.My granfather was william james mcrae.He was theson of francis Mcrae,who was son of murdo mcrae,who was the son of kenneth mcrae and mary mclennan.
Murdo mcrae or murdock francis married janet mackenzie in 1830s in strathpepper and their children were kenneth,john,barbara,mary,fanny,isabella,francis,my great granfather.the children wer all born in the parish of fodderty,
the family came out to australia and landed in portland ,victoria in1853.

Reply posted by : Paula Roberts

7 Oct 2004 at 07.54
 
 
Dear Paula,
We could be but I'm not sure and I don't have enough information to verify.
My great great grandfather, Donald, who built Rose Cottage in the 1840s was a Master Blacksmith. He was born in 1794 and died in 1862. His wife was Ann McLeod who died pre 1855. His fahter was Kenneth, a crofter from Strathpeffer/Fodderty? He had been married to Mary Munro, not Maclennan, but he may have been married twice or not at all or only once but only to his first or second partner? All very confusing. Unfortunately I have no details of any siblings. Do you know anything more which might establish a link?

Reply posted by : Ken McRae

10 Oct 2004 at 21.19
 
 
Do you know if any of Kenneth's children immigrated to the US. Did Kenneth die young? I have an ancestor (John B.) who is rumored to be the son of a Kenneth who died in Scotland. Kenneth's wife and two young sons immigrated to the US after 1780. I know I am reaching at strings, but so far everything has been dead ends, so I thought I would ask.

Diane McRae

Reply posted by : Diane McRae

12 Oct 2004 at 07.06
 
 
Dear Ken,I don't know whether we are related or not but there are coinidences of place,time and names that might show promise.
My grandfather,David MacRae lived in Strathpeffer throughout his adult life.He would have been born in the 1850's and died in the 1940's aged +/= 96.
He is buried in Fddderty cemetery.
Old Davie as he was commonly referred to,had been a haulage contractor hauling stone from the Raven's Rock quarry for road construction.He built the family house,'Oakbank' in Blairninich in the early 20th century.It remained in the MacRae family until sold by my mother before her death in 1999.
Davie had an older broyher John who worked in the railways in some administrative role and who attained his 100th birthday.John lived in Inverness.He also had a younger brother Kenneth about whom I know nothing and cannot recollect aver meeting.There is a bit of discontinuity in my early years because my civil engineer father moved to England for career prspects.The Strath was a holiday destination only until my father
died in 1953 and my mother repatriated herself.I have some vague sense that Ken went to Australia around the World War 1 period and that the family lost contact.The name Donald does not ring any bells but David,John,Kenneth and Roderick are there.One of my mother's brothers was Ken and my Great-uncle John had a son of that name who migrated to Canada.My mother's elder brother David,nicknamed Deeds,emigrated to Western Australia post WW1 but contact has been lost over the last 30 years.
Let me know if any of these leads are of any help

Rae Littlejohn

Reply posted by : Rae Littlejohn

21 Nov 2006 at 01.26
 
 
Dear Ken,I don't know whether we are related or not but there are coinidences of place,time and names that might show promise.
My grandfather,David MacRae lived in Strathpeffer throughout his adult life.He would have been born in the 1850's and died in the 1940's aged +/= 96.
He is buried in Fddderty cemetery.
Old Davie as he was commonly referred to,had been a haulage contractor hauling stone from the Raven's Rock quarry for road construction.He built the family house,'Oakbank' in Blairninich in the early 20th century.It remained in the MacRae family until sold by my mother before her death in 1999.
Davie had an older broyher John who worked in the railways in some administrative role and who attained his 100th birthday.John lived in Inverness.He also had a younger brother Kenneth about whom I know nothing and cannot recollect aver meeting.There is a bit of discontinuity in my early years because my civil engineer father moved to England for career prspects.The Strath was a holiday destination only until my father
died in 1953 and my mother repatriated herself.I have some vague sense that Ken went to Australia around the World War 1 period and that the family lost contact.The name Donald does not ring any bells but David,John,Kenneth and Roderick are there.One of my mother's brothers was Ken and my Great-uncle John had a son of that name who migrated to Canada.My mother's elder brother David,nicknamed Deeds,emigrated to Western Australia post WW1 but contact has been lost over the last 30 years.
Let me know if any of these leads are of any help

Rae Littlejohn

Reply posted by : Rae Littlejohn

21 Nov 2006 at 01.26
 
 
Ken
I do not believe that we are related but I believe I'm related to one of the people who replied to your query - Rae Littlejohn.
My father David McRae was the son of David MacRae who moved to Australia after WW1 and I recently came across a document which advised that he was a beneficiary in the estate of Kenneth MacRae of Oakbank, Blairninich who died on 24 February 1974.
Other beneficiaries were Mrs Littlejohn (I believe her first name was Annie), Roderick MacRae, a Mrs Wilkie (first name may be Nellie)

Reply posted by : Ian McRae

28 Jan 2009 at 14.05
 
 
Hi, I am replying to Rae Littlejohn and Ian McRae's e-mails as I think I may be related to them both ! My Grand- Mother was called Margaret MacRae and lived in Oakbank, Blairninich in or around 1934.I would be interested in hearing from either of them.

thanks,

Willie Ferguson.

Reply posted by : Fergieboy

30 Jan 2009 at 20.30
 
 
To Willie Ferguson
I don't have that much information about my grandfather's family. He died in 1960 and my grandmother was very quiet about the past. The bits I learnt from my father were dijointed and only became clear when I found a letter from a firm of solicitors.
Rae Littlejohn should be able to shed some light on who Margaret MacRae was.
My great Grandfather was Davey MacRae born (I believe) around 1848. I know nothing about his wife.

Reply posted by : Ian McRae

31 Jan 2009 at 11.29
 
 
To Ian MacRae, thanks for your reply. Do you have any E-mail details of Rae Littlejohn ?.....I've drawn a blank trying to trace Margaret-I think she was your Fathers sister (Aunt)but I cannot find any trace of her. My wife and I visited Fodderty Cemetery last weekend and found out some more about David Senior, his wife and other daughters....I also took a couple of photos of Oakbank.......
If you would like further information please let me know.

thanks,

Willie Ferguson.

Reply posted by : Fergieboy

3 Feb 2009 at 22.07
 
 
Willie Ferguson
Please contact me at alrawa@bigpond.com.au
Thanks

Reply posted by : Ian McRae

6 Feb 2009 at 13.33
 
 

Reply posted by : Rae Littlejohn

16 Mar 2009 at 12.14
 
 
Willie Feguson,
re your recent interchange with Ian Macrae, I am the missing link in your relationship to David Macrae.Ian's Father and your Mother are both my cousins being the chidren respectively of my mother's eldest brother (David) and youngest sister (Margaret aka Peggy). Ian and I are in email contact and I have tried to include you in the loop at the email address supplied by Ian but have received no response.Can you please post a contact email or postal address if your Fergieboy48 is incorrect.
Regards,
Rae Littlejohn

Reply posted by : Rae Littlejohn

16 Mar 2009 at 12.17
 
 
my name is kenneth mcrae my father is donald mcrae i have not had contact with him in years i know i have family out there somewhere i always felt like i was related to colin mcrae the late race car driver my father looks like him anyways im in california with my brothers and my son miller mcrae im very proud of my name always have been

Reply posted by : Kenneth McRae

12 Dec 2009 at 06.49
 
 
My grandfather David Macrae was born in Gollenfield in 1900 before moving to Glasgow a few years later. My mother Margaret Porter (maiden name Macrae) remembers her father talking about Rose cottage which she thought was in Gollenfield however when I went to Gollenfield I discovered that my grandfather lived in a house called Crossroads. My great grandfather was called Donald Macrae and I was told he was a cabinetmaker (family business making coffins). I did find a grave stone in the old church overlooking Castle Stewart with the wordsErected by Duncan McRae carpenter Crossroads in memory of his beloved wife Jessie Munro who died therein the 24th of Jany 1869 aged 85 years also his daughters Catherine who died the 19th of August 1871 and Maryann Macrae who died 18th July 1905 the said Duncan McRae died 12th Jan 1917. Not sure if we are related but would be good to find out more information on the family if we are.

Reply posted by : Moira Wallace

9 Sep 2015 at 20.37
 
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