Ross & Cromarty War Memorials

 

Kintail - Eilean Donan Castle

 The Memorial is a bronze plaque set in an alcove in the outer wall of Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich, in Kintail. It is a Clan Macrae memorial, listing a large number of Macraes (world-wide) who fell in the 1914-1918 Great War. Above the plaque are three Coats of Arms. The top one is for Scotland, below that is one for Clan MacRae, and one for the Seaforths. It comprises seven columns of names, with Regiments and sometimes rank and regimental numbers. These names have been copied and ae listed in 'More Info'.

A book is available -
The Clan MacRae with Its Rolls of Honour and of Service in the Great War
by Ella MacRae-Gilstrap
Published by Aberdeen: At The Rosemount Press, 1925

The Castle was in a ruinous state for 200 years until bought by Lt Col John MacRae in 1912. He worked on restoring it until 1932 when it was taken over by The National Trust for Scotland. An impressive picture of the castle, can be seen in 'More Info' below.

Until 1975, Kintail was part of Ross & Cromarty but is now in Inverness-shire. Map reference is NH727565 on OS Sheet 33.

Below the seven columns of names are two inscription - -

WE ARE THE DEAD. SHORT DAYS AGO
WE LIVED, FELT DAWN, SAW SUNSETS GLOW,
LOVED AND WERE LOVED, AND NOW WE LIE
+ IN FLANDERS FIELDS +

THE ABOVE LINES WERE WRITTEN
LT. COL. JOHN McCRAE.

For full text of these lines, see 'Flanders Fields' in 'More Info' Nav bar
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