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I have a question that I hope someone can answer.
I have just found out from my aunt that my paternal grandmother - a McRae - always referred to her particular family as having come from the Black McRaes. Does anyone know what she meant? I'd love to find out.


Query posted by : Elaine Smith

5 Feb 2007 at 21.50
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Hello Elaine
I hope this will be of inteest.
The Black Macraes and the Fair Macraes descend from brothers Farquhar and Duncan, sons of Christopher who was Constable of Eilean Donan Castle about 1511 and fourth in descent from Finlay Dubh Mac Gillechroisd, as stated in the History of the Clan Macrae by Rev. Alexander Macrae (p24). Farquhar is credited with being the progenitor of the Torlysich family, and his descendants were termed the Black Macraes.

Reply posted by : Tina Glen-riddell

7 Feb 2007 at 09.32
Hello Tina,
It is indeed very interesting, I guess that I should have looked more closely in my book! Now I just have to figure out which side of MacRae's my granny meant. I've been taking a break from my McRae side of the family but this little snippet has reminded me that I need to get going again. Thank you very much for replying.
Best Wishes

Reply posted by : Elaine Smith

7 Feb 2007 at 18.55
hi elain i think it could referr to black finlay, the son of christopher, the founder of the clan macrae of kintail not sure if this is accurate but sound's likely

Reply posted by : Frankie Rae

3 Oct 2009 at 12.50
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