Greeting from the President
I want to give you a warm welcome and introduce you to our new website for the Clan MacRae Society of Canada.
The objectives of our Society are to promote Clan MacRae’s history, traditions, literature, music, and genealogy; along with other subjects that may be of interest to our members. As a society, we meet once a year for our Annual General Meeting, moving it to different parts of Canada so as to involve as many of our members throughout this vast country. It is our desire to encourage, educate and foster members with the Scottish Highland traditions and connect with other Clan MacRae Societies throughout the world.
The Clan MacRae Society of Canada began in January 2001, after several Canadian MacRaes visited Eilean Donan Castle for the World Gathering of the MacRaes. Under the leadership of Dr. Robert MacRae, the new society was born and has grown considerably since that time. Our Honorary President is the Grand Lady of Eilean Donan Castle, Marigold MacRae. We have been honored to have Marigold and her daughter, Baroness Miranda van Lynden, visit Canada for our annual gatherings on several occasions. Owen MacRae (our 2nd Past President) has served the Clan faithfully and successfully for the past 10 years. Owen’s exceptional and steadfast dedication has moved the Clan forward in many ways. I will continue to build (alongside our Team) on the sound foundation laid by both Robert and Owen.
We have divided Canada into four regions; Pacific, Western, Central, and Eastern Canada with a Vice President responsible for each region. Our new website will talk about our DNA Project, whereby members may submit their DNA in order to obtain a match with other family members in different parts of the world. We have a genealogy section where you can connect with others by doing a family search.
We welcome you to join our society and become a member, participate in our upcoming MacRae gatherings, and in the Highland Games that take place in different parts of Canada. I have enjoyed meeting MacRaes from all over the world as I have attended Clan gatherings in Scotland, the USA, and Canada.
I invite you to explore our website and please contact us with any information you have about an upcoming event or historical information on your family.
Sláinte, Dave McRae
President of the Clan MacRae Society of Canada