History of the Clan Macrae

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Migration to Kintail

According to the Rev. John Macrae, the most probable cause of the migration of the Macraes to Kintail, or, at all events, of that branch of them which afterwards became the most important, was that, though they do not appear to have been very numerous, they were becoming too crowded in the old home at Clunes.   At the same time Lovat's own kindred and friends were becoming so numerous that the country could not accommodate them all, and this was an additional reason for the Macraes to move to other places, as favorable opportunities arose.  Three sons of Macrae of Clunes are said to have left home in this way, but the old man himself remained in Clunes all his days, enjoying the esteem and confidence of the Lords of Lovat, four of whom were fostered in his house.  Of these three brothers, one settled at Brahan, near Dingwall, where there was a piece of land in the time of the Rev. John Macrae, called Cnoc Mhicrath (Macrae's Hill), and the well which supplied Brahan Castle with water at that time was called Tobair Mhicrath (Macrae's Well).  The descendants of this man were then to be found in Strathgarve, Strathbran, Strathconon, Ardmeanach, and one of them, John Macrae, was at that time a merchant at Inverness.

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