2018 Festival Chieftain

Baroness Miranda van Lynden MacRae

Head of the MacRaes of Conchra

MIranda van Lynden

I am honored to be appointed Honorary Chieftain representing Clan MacRae Society of Canada at their Annual General Meeting and the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games this year.

I live in Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland, I have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.  I have been involved with Clan MacRae most of my adult life and held the position of Treasurer for many years; and, now I am Chairman of the Society.  I am also Trustee of Eilean Donan Castle, a post I have held for over 30 years. Being involved with Clan MacRae and Eilean Donan, I have been lucky enough to travel to countries like Canada to meet other MacRaes; and share in their events to preserve and promote Scottish traditions for future generations.

In 1911, my great-grandfather John MacRae-Gilstrap proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory, re-opening it in 1932.  He died in 1937 at Eilean Donan. His estate passed on to my grandfather Captain Duncan MacRae; and then to my father John Hervey MacRae and my mother Marigold.  Eilean Donan opened to the public in 1955 and my father established the Conchra Charitable Trust in 1983 to oversee restoration and preservation of the castle.

I am so pleased to have been invited to the Fergus Highland Games, and I look forward to meeting old friends and making new.

Donan Castle