The objectives of the Society as listed below are set out in the Memorandum of Association, The Clan MacRae Society of Canada:
- To promote, and foster the Clan MacRae spirit, Scottish Highland traditions, and friendly association with other Canadian Clan Societies.
- To encourage and educate members of the Society of our Clan MacRae history, traditions, literature, music, and genealogy, and such other subjects as may be of interest to the members.
- To acquire and retain documents and objects of historical and cultural interest to the Clan.
- To encourage the wearing of the Clan tartans and the Highland mode of dress in ancient, contemporary and innovative forms always providing these are worn with due dignity and respect for the Clan and its traditions.
- To establish and maintain friendly liaison with Clan MacRae Societies throughout the world.
- To acquire by way of grant, gift, purchase, bequest, devise or otherwise, real and personal property and to use and apply such property to the realization of the objects of the society.
- To buy, own, hold, lease, mortgage, sell and convey such real and personal property as may be necessary or desirable in the carrying out of the objects of the Society.
Some of the Benefits of Membership in the Society
- The first, and most important benefit of Membership in the Clan, is that each Member is a part of an international family that traces its family lines through various migrations around the world and back to the Clan family in Scotland…as far back as the 10th and 11th centuries.
- Clan Members join other Clan kin in the rights of the Society…that is, shaping the future of the Clan MacRae Society in Canada. They may attend the Annual General Meeting and, during the year, offer their own leadership in a variety of ways that enrich the life of the whole Clan in Canada.
- The Clan Society can sometimes offer help in finding family Members or identifying special interest groups in the Clan.
- Canadian Members join in Clan Gatherings in Scotland as participating Members of the international community of Clan Societies.
- Canadian Members, upon arriving at Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland, and bearing a Canadian Member’s card, have free admittance at any time to the castle. This benefit of Canadian membership is at the courtesy of the Conchra Trust.
- Clan MacRae Canada Members have access to the UK Society’s genealogical records.
- Clan MacRae Canada members are eligible to attend the Annual Spring Luncheon in Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland. Announcements of the date are found on the UK Clan WEB and in our Spring edition of Kintail, the Society newsletter.
- The Society newsletter, Kintail, is distributed free to all Society members.
- Last, but not least, is the opportunity to learn more of the history and the traditions of one’s Scottish roots and to help extend this heritage and cultural enrichment to other interested Canadians.
Accepted Surnames and Variants
You qualify for membership in the Society if you, your spouse, or an ancestor have a surname that is on the list below. Accepted names include all combinations of Ra/Rae/Rath, with or without the prefix “M'”, “Mc”, or “Mac”. For example; “Rae”, “M’Rae”, “McRae”, and “MacRae” are all acceptable variants.
Crae, Cree, Macara, Macarra, Maccra, Maccrath, MacCrae, Maccraith, McCrady, MacCraw, MacCray, Macrae, MacCrea, Maccreath, Maccree, Maccrie, MacKereth Macrath, Maccroy, Macgrath, Macgraw, Machray, Macra, Macraith, Macrach, Macray, Macrie, McRae, McCrae, McCrea, Rae, Raith, Ray, Rea, Reath