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A Romance of Sheriffmuir -- The Rev. James Macrae of Sauchieburn

Among the Macraes who fought at the battle of Sheriffmuir, a certain young man, covered with wounds and apparently dead, with his sword still in his grasp, was found on the field after the battle.  On its being discovered that life was still in him, he was taken to a neighboring farm house, where he was kindly cared for until his wounds were healed.  Instead of returning home he settled in the neighborhood and married the farmer's daughter.  By her he had at least one son,

Duncan, (son of Sheriffmuir soldier), who joined the Highland army in 1745 on its way south under Prince Charlie.  Duncan married and had at least one son,

James, (son of Duncan, son of Sheriffmuir soldier), who became a carpenter in the Perthshire Highlands, married and had issue, at least one son,

James, (son of James, son of Duncan, son of Sheriffmuir soldier), who was trained for the ministry of the Established Church, but, owing to his objections to the Confession of Faith, left and became an Independent minister at Sauchieburn, in the parish of Fettercairn, in 1775.  During the latter part of the century he made considerable stir in the Scottish ecclesiastical world as a vigorous and able champion of religious freedom and equality.  He was in many respects considerably in advance of his times.  His preaching is said to have been evangelical and full of power, and people flocked to his church from all the adjacent parishes.  After a long an honorable course of labor he was forced by the increasing infirmities of old age to resign his pastorate, and shortly afterwards died at Laurencekirk in 1813.  He had married Jean Low of Fettercairn in 1777, by whom he had a large family, one of whom was

David, (son of James, son of James, son of Duncan, son of Sheriffmuir soldier), born on October 14, 1796.

 

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