The Lady of the House……   2 comments

A few weeks ago, I told you a little about one of the most important women of Eilean Donan’s history, Isabella. I thought it was also important to bring you right up to date, with a short profile of the much-loved current Lady of the house,  Mrs Marigold MacRae.

As head of the Clan MacRae in Scotland, Marigold is well known to many of you, and has travelled extensively through the USA, Canada, Australia & New Zealand to meet distant MacRae bretheren. As matriach of the Clan, as well as her family, her boundless energy is well-reknowned and during the last 25 years or so she has overseen one of the most important and active periods of change at Eilean Donan.

For most of us, the concept of sharing the family home with millions of people would be a difficult one to grasp, however Marigold loves the fact that so many people come to Eilean Donan. She is often to be found in the castle chatting away to visitors, indeed last week on the busiest day in our entire history, Marigold was happily in the midst of it all, welcoming visitors to the Banqueting Hall.  She passionately believes in ensuring affordable access to the castle for all, which is why admission prices to Eilean Donan have always been and will continue to be, some of the cheapest in the whole country, and why you won’t find locked gates accessing the island after opening hours.

Similar to Isabella, she has always been actively involved in Charity work and has spent many years doing voluntary work at local hospitals.

With five daughters, 20 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, her family life is a full one, but she makes time for all.

In short, this remarkable woman has continued the legacy that Isabella started and I hope that you all get the chance to meet her some day.

Mrs Marigold MacRae


Posted August 16, 2010 by eileandonan in Miscellaneous

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  1. She’s a very lovely lady.

  2. Great to know more about the ancestors who helped shape the castle into what it is now!!

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