Gaelic Name: MacRath
Motto: Fortitudine (With fortitude)
Badge: Fir club moss
Lands: Beauly and Kintail
The name MacRae or the gaelic ‘McRath’ is understood to mean ‘son of grace’ and is commonly thought to be of ecclesiastical origin. The clan name first appears in the district of Beauly in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries but within one hundred years they had migrated to Kintail in Wester Ross. The clan MacRae, sometimes known as the “wild MacRaes” became loyal supporters of the MacKenzie clan, and so fierce were they in their loyalty that they earned the name of “MacKenzie’s shirt of mail”. With support from the MacRae clansmen, the fortunes of the MacKenzies prospered and they became the “Earls of Seaforth”. They rewarded the MacRae family for their help by establishing them as hereditary constables of Eilean Donan Castle and also as chamberlains of Kintail.