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There are several tartans associated with the MacRae clan, but this attractive MacRae Modern Red tartan is predominantly red with dark blue and dark green.
The MacRaes are a Highland clan whose historic seat is Eilean Donan Castle. For generations, the MacRaes were constables of the castle for the Mackenzie family.
Eilean Donan Castle is at Kyle of Lochalsh, on the road to Skye. It was destroyed in 1719 by three Royal Navy ships and 27 barrels of gunpowder. The ships were sent to attack Spanish soldiers occupying the castle and supporting the Jacobite cause. The Navy captured the castle and bombarded it until it was destroyed.
In an incredible undertaking, Lt.-Col. John MacRae-Gilstrap (1861–1937), bought the ruined castle and rebuilt it between 1912 and 1932, including the addition of a bridge. The present castle is entirely a 20th-century reconstruction by George Mackie Watson.
The name MacRae is derived from the Gaelic Macraith (pronounced Magraw) which means “son of grace”, and variant spellings include Magrath, MacGraw and Magra. It is said that the MacRaes are Irish in origin. The main line of the MacRaes comes from Kintail.
Septs include: Crae, Cree, Macrae, Macraw, Macree, Macrath, Macgrath, Macgraw, Machray, Macraith, Macraw, Rae, Raith and Reath.
The notebook: This notebook is made with cloth woven in mills in the United Kingdom. Notebook pages and paper components are made with acid-free paper from sustainable forests. Boards used in the binding process are made of 100% recycled paper. This hardback notebook is bound in genuine British tartan cloth with an elastic closure, ribbon market, eight perforated end leaves and expandable inner note holder. It contains a removable booklet about the history of clan tartans, and a bookmark that gives information on the Macrae Modern Red tartan.
Left side blank, right side ruled.
Trimmed page size: 14 × 9 cm.
Kinloch Anderson: The tartan cloth is supplied by and produced with the authority of Kinloch Anderson Scotland, holders of Royal Warrants of Appointment as Tailors and Kiltmakers to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.