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Re: Macraes from Killearnan, Ross-shire, Scotland
Posted by: Stuart McRae (ID *****7275) Date: January 10, 2010 at 05:16:28
In Reply to: Re: Macraes from Killearnan, Ross-shire, Scotland by Gordon Mac Rae of 391


Iím sorry, Iím a bit late joining this thread, but Iíve only just run across it.

My Macrae/McRae family has connections with the Black Isle. Itís perhaps best to start with the 1851 Census at Drynie Park, Killearnan, Ross & Cromarty (68 ED3 p27 sched 103) which has, using the spelling, etc as recorded on the census record, Finlay McRae (45, shepherd, b Lochcarron, Ross-shire) with wife Ann McRae (29, b Airdclach, Inverness-shire) and children Betsy McRae (5, b Nairn), John McRae (3, b Killearnan, Ross-shire) and Finlay McRae (1, b Killearnan, Ross-shire,). His given age of 45 is almost certainly wrong and is more like 25, which is how the actual, not very clear, record could be interpreted; ďAirdclachĒ is, Iím pretty sure, Ardclach and the county is Nairnshire not Inverness-shire (but see below).

My direct ancestor is the 1 year old Finlay McRae, who subsequently gives his place of birth as Ferintosh which I understand is in the neighbouring parish of Urquhart. Iím aware that the Ferintosh part of the parish of Urquhart is/was technically part of Nairnshire and Iím wondering if thatís where the confusion about the place of birth of the mother, Ann McRae, has come from. Iím actually pretty certain she came originally from Ardclach parish in Nairnshire proper, her family moving in the 1830s to the neighbouring parish of Cawdor.

The marriage of the parents Finlay and Ann (she was Ann Mackintosh - spell it any way you like!) is recorded as being in Ardclach, Nairnshire in April 1845. He is reported as ďin RemoreĒ - which is a genuine location in the Ardclach parish.

The baptisms for the children John and Finlay, plus a younger sibling, Murdoch is recorded as a ďjob lotĒ in the OPR for Nairn on 25th July 1852, although the fatherís address is given as being in the neighbouring parish of Auldearn, and later children and censuses indicate thatís the parish they lived in. Could it be that a Ferintosh birth/baptism had to be recorded in Nairn rather than in Auldearn?

The son Murdoch seems to have been born and baptised in Nairn, but subsequently he variously describes his birthplace as Nairn, Nairnshire, Auldearn, Nairnshire or Auldearn, Ross-shire

So, as you can see thereís a Black Isle/ Ferintosh/ Killearnan / Urquhart/ Nairnshire mix-up (for lack of a better word). They seem to have oscillated between the Black Isle and Nairnshire proper.

1845 Apr 25 - marriage of Finlay McRae and Ann McIntosh in Ardclach, Nairnshire
1846 Apr 13 - baptism in Nairn of daughter Elizabeth (Betsy), father ďresiding in NairnĒ
1847 Sept 7 - birth (in Killearnan, if 1851 census is to be believed) of son John McRae, but not baptised till 1852 in Nairn
1850 May 2 - birth (In Killearnan, if 1851 census is to be believed) of son Finlay McRae, but not baptised till 1852 in Nairn
1851 Mar 30/31- census in Drynie Park, Killearnan, R & C
1852 May 26 - birth in Auldearn (?) Nairnshire of son Murdoch
1852 Jul 25 - baptism of sons John, Finlay and Murdoch in Nairn (but father described as ďgrazier, AuldearnĒ)

There are a few later children born and baptised in Auldearn but thereafter they all move to Moray and the Nairnshire/Black Isle connection is lost

My reason for posting this on this thread is to ask if either of the two other contributors have come across any sign of this Macrae/McRae family in the Black Isle during the course of your own researches. If so, Iíd be absolutely delighted to hear from you either with information, or with advice and/or clarification.

Incidentally, I canít get any further back with the father Finlay McRae, said to be born in Lochcarron. His death certificate gives him as the son of Murdoch McRae and Elizabeth Fraser, and this and census records suggest he was born around 1825, which would make him 26 at the 1851 census, not the 45 recorded for him


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