Donald McRae was born in Druidaig, Kintail, Scotland on 16 October 1827 to his father Farquhar MacRae, alias Farq oag.
Donald came into the world joining one elder brother, Murdoch MacRae, two elder sisters, Ann MacRae and Catherine MacRae, and four years later, he was joined by a younger sister, Isabella MacRae.
In 1851, at the age of 24, Donald left Kintail, and walked a 129 mile trek from Kintail to Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. For a time, he was a lodger at Boginspro in Huntly.
On 15 Nov 1856, at Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Donald McRae married his sweetheart Jane Dickie, who was born to Alexander Dickie. Donald and Jane (Dickie) MacRae lived and raised their family on the property and residence of the Duke and Duchess of Gordon. Donald worked as a shepherd.
In 1836, the Duke of Gordon died, and his wife, the Duchess, moved to Huntly Castle. In 1864, the Duchess passed away and Huntly Castle closed down many of its operations. Donald, along with his family now consisting of his wife and four children, Catherine, Alexander, William and Jane, moved to Boharm, Moray, Scotland, where he was a shepherd at Tomhead (pronounced Tomheed).
He spend almost 30 years living at Tomhead on the Arndilly Estate and it was there that five more children were born, John, James, Donald, Allan, and Mary Isabella.
By 1901, Donald Mcrae and family moved to Aikenway Croft in Rothes, Moray, Scotland where he remained at work as a shepherd.
On 18 Dec 1909, Donald McRae, the son of Farquhar MacRae of Morvich (Ross and Cromarty) passed away at the age of 82. He is buried with his wife, Jane (Dickie) MacRae, at the Rothes Old Churchyard, with the following inscription on their marker:
In loving memory of Donald McRae, for 36 years shepherd at Arndilly who died at the croft, Aikenway, 18 Dec 1909 age 83. Also in loving memory of his widow Jane Dickie who died at Aikenway croft 15 Nov 1919 age 84. They shall rest in their graves until the resurrection
NOTE: Last name spellings, either of MacRae or McRae, are synonymous to each other.
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