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Re: Macraes from Killearnan, Ross-shire, Scotland
Posted by: john macrae (ID *****2000) Date: June 13, 2008 at 12:01:06
In Reply to: Re: Macraes from Killearnan, Ross-shire, Scotland by Gordon Mac Rae of 391

Hi Gordon, thanks for your post. Your Macrae branch originating with Hugh does not fit with my known Macraes; interestingly "Hugh" is not a name that has been used in my Macrae family which I can trace back to about 1700.

It is said that the Macraes originated on the west coast around Kintail - that may be. However there have been Macraes on the Black Isle, in Inverness, Beauly, Kilmorack, Strathfarrar, and the Strathglass area for a very long time, indeed and they have some fairly distinctive Christian names and a lack of some of the more traditional west coast Christian names. I am no expert on all Macraes but I would suggest that these eastern Macraes are a distinct group that left the west coast around the 1400s or 1500s. In researching my Black Isle Macraes in Killearnan & Knockbain, most M(a)crae families living there now have actually moved in more recently from the west coast which, frustratingly leaves me wondering where most of mine moved to. The answer is of course that the majority migrated to the new world.

If I come across any potential leads I will contact you again. Equally, if you come across others researching
M(a)craes in this general area please do let me know. Thanks. Sorry I cannot be of more help. John Macrae.

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