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Great Great Grandfather was Norman Macrae who married Janet Kerr on 17.Feb. 1818 at Assynt,Parish Sutherlandshire. I know of only one son named Angus born 1839 at Lochbroom. Can anyone inform me of any further history. Such as Normans date of birth,location, who his parents were,and wre there any other chilren?
Many thanks Colin Roderick Davison.

Query posted by : Colin Roderick Davison

25 Jun 2008 at 20.48
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Norman MacRae was a Catechist in Achiltibue and Polglass Assynt. Children were Jean b.Dunnet 1821,Peggy b.Dunnet 1823 Donald b.1826, Jane b.1826, Lachlan b.Assynt 1825 a singing master, Mary b. Lochbroom 1830, Alex b. Lochbroom 1834, Angus b. Lochbroom 1836, Ann b. Lochbroom 1842, Angus b.Kiltearn 1839. Angus was a stone mason who built the Hector Munro Tower in Dingwall, his son Norman b.1865 was Prop. of the North Star a Dingwall newspaper, his son Alex (Sandy) 1904-88 CBE BEM JP Provost of Dingwall.

Reply posted by : Fiona MacRae

10 Jul 2008 at 22.01
Hello Fiona,
The info you sent was perfect, I now know Norman Macrae had ten children and his son's son was Alex (Sandy)Provest of Dingwall (1904-1988.) Can you help me any further back, eg. Normans date of birth and who his parents were and their dates of birth?
I am most grateful to you.
Kind regards Colin Roderick Davison.

Reply posted by : Colin Roderick Davison

24 Jul 2008 at 13.52
Hello Colin, Norman is also my GG-grandfather and I assume like me that you are also descended from Angus? My G-grandfather Colin was Angus' second-oldest and left Scotland for New York City c1890.

A couple of your dates and places differ from what I have, but all I have going that far back is from LDS records and I've not verified them yet with actual parish records, the census etc. I have been mystified as to why I had not been able to find a Norman and Janet of the right ages in the right places; your info should help me along.

Thank you as well Fiona for your detailed answer, that certainly does give plenty of family history. It's interesting to see the family becoming so prominent in local affairs so quickly (Angus gave Norman's occupation as crofter on his marriage certificate). I take it catechist would have been a voluntary position in the church? I also assume it was not necessarily a role only for Catholics, as Angus wed in the Free Church of Scotland?

Angus was indeed a mason from Lochbroom as stated on his 1864 marriage certificate, but the info I found about Hector Munro's Fyrish monument is that it dates from 1782.

It is interesting to hear that my G-grandfather's uncle ran the Dingwall newspaper as Colin worked as a printer for the Denver Post and later founded the Minidoka County News in Heyburn, Idaho.

It so happens I live in England and will be making the trip up to Dingwall this weekend. There is a headstone for Angus and other members of his family in St Clements churchyard which says they lived on Craig Road so it sounds like there are some interesting photo ops ahead.

Reply posted by : Robert MacRae

28 Aug 2013 at 21.44
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