Suc­cess­ful Clan MacRae gath­er­ing held on P.E.I.

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A suc­cess­ful Clan MacRae So­ci­ety of Canada Gath­er­ing was held re­cently on Prince Ed­ward Is­land with MacRae fam­ily mem­bers at­tend­ing from across Canada and the United States.

Spe­cial guests at­tend­ing the three-day event were Dr. Robert D. MacRae, pres­i­dent and found­ing mem­ber of the Clan MacRae So­ci­ety of Canada from Vic­to­ria, B.C.; Marigold MacRae, pres­i­dent of the Clan MacRae So­ci­ety of the United King­dom and her daugh­ter, Mi­randa MacRae VanLyn­den, from Scot­land; seven of the nine Clan MacRae So­ci­ety board mem­bers from across Canada and Edna MacLeod, widow of the late Ernest MacLeod, a well-known ge­neal­o­gist from Belfast, P.E.I.

The event be­gan with a tour of the Prince Ed­ward Is­land leg­is­la­ture.

Richard MacRae wel­comed those present with stir­ring bag­pipe mu­sic.

Fol­low­ing the tour, the group en­joyed a tour of St. Pauls Angli­can Church with an in­for­ma­tive pre­sen­ta­tion by Rev. Robert MacRae on the Robert Har­ris Ar­chi­tec­ture fea­tured there.

Lob­ster on the Wharf was an ideal lo­ca­tion for lunch, fol­lowed by a tour of Founders Hall.

On Fri­day evening, a group of more than 75 gath­ered to the skirl of the bag­pipes at Stan­hope Place where in­ter­est­ing and in­for­ma­tive ge­nealog­i­cal pre­sen­ta­tions and dis­plays were fea­tured. Those mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tions and the ar­eas they rep­re­sented were as fol­lows: Edith MacRae - Belfast; Malcolm MacRae - Ca­noe Cove; Regi­nald MacRae - Wheat­ley River; Dr. Alan MacRae - Borden and Al­ber­ton; Kent MacRae - Tea Hill.

Th­ese pre­sen­ta­tions were well re­ceived. Fol­low­ing a ques­tion and dis­cus­sion pe­riod, the MacRae Broth­ers — Alan, Malcolm, Don­ald and Richard — ca­pa­bly pro­vided mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment.

An ex­change of ge­nealog­i­cal in­for­ma­tion con­tin­ued over a light lunch.

Satur­day morn­ing found a smaller but en­thu­si­as­tic group gath­ered at the Parks Canada offices at Dal­vay for an in­ter­est­ing beach walk and her­itage in­for­ma­tion ses­sion.

A tour of the beau­ti­ful gar­dens at The Prince Ed­ward Is­land Pre­serve Com­pany, led by Bruce MacNaughton, was en­joyed by all and was fol­lowed by lunch on site.

Prior to the Clan MacRae So­ci­ety of Canada an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at the New Glasgow Lob­ster Sup­per restau­rant, Linda Jean Ni­chol­son, pres­i­dent of the Prince Ed­ward Is­land Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety, de­liv­ered an en­thu­si­as­tic and hu­mor­ous talk on MacRae Fam­ily Pro­bate Court files from the late 19th and early 20th cen­turies.

In the evening, a de­li­cious mus­sel and lob­ster sup­per was en­joyed by all, fol­lowed by a ceilidh fea­tur­ing the MacRae Broth­ers, El­liot Wight and Linda MacRae.

On Sun­day morn­ing, a lovely Celtic church ser­vice was held at Brook­field Pres­by­te­rian with spe­cial guest speaker Dr. Robert D. MacRae, who spoke pas­sion­ately on the Celtic Her­itage Be­hind the Knot. Spe­cial mu­sic was pro­vided by the MacRae Broth­ers.

Fol­low­ing the morn­ing ser­vice, the week­end events came to a close with a re­cep­tion and lunch in the church hall.

The week­end brought to­gether the largest num­ber of Clan MacRae mem­bers from across Canada since the so­ci­ety was founded in 2000. Mem­ber­ship now stands at ap­prox­i­mately 275.

Any­one in­ter­ested in more in­for­ma­tion on the Clan MacRae So­ci­ety of Canada should con­tact Bar­bara Duff, 1-902-387-5541, or email bduff@sym­pa­tico.ca. The web­site for Clan MacRae is www.clan­macrae.ca.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Owen MacRae, White Rock, B.C., and Regi­nald MacRae, Summerside, re­cently at­tended a Clan MacRae gath­er­ing on Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

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