by Peter A. MacRae
Part I: INTRODUCTION
Before setting out this brief history, it is important to set certain matters straight. First, consider the name and spelling of ‘MacRae’: the spelling used here, it is conceded, is the modern evolved version, which is ordinarily met with in most accounts since the turn of the century. It is the same family whether spelled ‘McRae’ or ‘Macrae’ which are the commonest Highland variants. It’s simply a matter of style or custom. (The writer’s own family has frequent occurrences of all three spellings) Outside the Highlands, the spellings ‘(Mc)MacCrae,’ ‘(Mc)MacCrea’ are often encountered. Sometimes the ‘Mac/Mc’ is dropped altogether especially where a migrant settled in an area hostile to Scottish culture, and the names (C)Rae, (C)Rea, Crow, Craw originated.
In olden times the name was ‘Mc’ or ‘MacRath’ and in old Strathglass
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