History of the Clan Macrae


Rev. John Macrae (ch 10, gen 8), last Episcopalian Minister of Dingwall

In about 1700, the Rev. John Macrae of Dingwall wrote the MS. History of the Clan.

See The Rev. John Macrae's MS. History of the Clan

The chief written authority for the early history of the Macraes is the MS. genealogy of the Clan, which was written towards the close of the seventeenth century by the last Episcopalian minister of Dingwall, the Rev. John Macrae, who died in 1704.

See Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd

According to the Rev. John Macrae, the founder of the Clan Macrae of Kintail was Fionnla Dubh Mac Gillechriosd (Black Finlay, the son of Christopher), who was removed by two or three generations from the man who came from Clunes.

John, son of Fionnla Dubh, 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.

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.