Successful Clan MacRae gathering held on P.E.I.
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 email@example.com. The website for Clan MacRae is www.clanmacrae.ca.
Owen MacRae, White Rock, B.C., and Reginald MacRae, Summerside, recently attended a Clan MacRae gathering on Prince Edward Island.