Clan loyalties run deep…………   5 comments

It’s a well known fact that we Scots possess distinctly (some might say, unnaturally) long memories, and that loyalties, and for that matter, emneties can frequently last for generations if not centuries. This is particularly true when it comes to issues surrounding our Clan system, even today.

Clan MacRae has held a number of allegiencies during its long history, including Clan MacKenzie, Clan MacLennan, and Clan Mathieson. One of the lesser known relationships is the association with Clan Fraser which goes back many many years. In actual fact, visitors to the castle may well have observed, above the front door to the castle, a stone carving, written in Gaelic, see picture below.


Now in English, this would translate as  “Whilst there is a MacRae inside, there will never be a Fraser outside”

Well on Sunday, we had a wonderful visit from some Clan Fraser pipers from Canada, who are currently touring Scotland. Resplendent in their 18th century garb, the group made a wonderful sight for the tourists that were here on the day, and I managed to capture a few shots for you to have a look at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted April 5, 2011 by eileandonan in News

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5 responses to “Clan loyalties run deep…………

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  1. Thanks for posting the pics of the Clan. They are wonderful.

  2. We’ve printed the translation wording “Whilst there is a MacRae inside, there will never be a Fraser outside” on a small plaque which we hang at the entrance to our Clan MacRae tents at Highland games and gatherings in northern California. Takes us back to Eilean Donan every time we hang it… and we’ve got a wee dram reserved for any Fraser clansfolk who stops by. (Highland Hospitality. 🙂

  3. Now I bet that was a sight to see. Beautiful 🙂

  4. What beautiful pictures! Thanks so much for sharing them, and thank you for stopping by my website.

  5. Pingback: Eilean Donan Castle, Outlander, and Serendipity… « outlanderfan

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