History of the Clan Macrae


Margaret (gen 3), daughter of John, son of Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd

See Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd

John, son of Fionnla Dubh, who was educated at Beauly Priory, took holy orders, and became priest of Kintail, in Sutherlandshire.  He married, as priests in the Highlands often did in those days, and had a daughter Margaret, who was lady-in-waiting to the Countess of Sutherland, and who appears to have married John Gordon of Grummoy, son of Adam Gordon, Dean of Caithness, son of Alexander, 1st Earl of Huntley.   From this marriage descended the Gordons of Embo, and for that reason we are told that "there was of old great friendship and correspondence betwixt the Gordons of Sutherland, come of this family, and the Macraes of Kintail."

Reference is made at some length to this Margaret in The Earls of Sutherland by Sir Robert Gordon, who speaks of her in the highest terms.  The Rev. John Macrae's account of the marriage does not agree with Sir Robert's in every point, but there is no doubt that Margaret was related to the Macraes of Kintail.