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Courtesy OfRoddie Macpherson
GraveyardAnnat Old
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Alexander & Ann (McLean) McRae.

Erected/by/DUNCAN McRAE/in memory of his father/ALEXANDER McRAE/who died at Fassag, Torridon/22nd April 1869, aged 65 years/and also his mother/ANN McLEAN/28th May 1873, aged 66 years.

[see Image 10700, Ann's brother Hector]





Picture Added on 16 May 2010.


I have a query about these dates. I can see these are the dates on the headstone but I downloaded the certificates from Scotland's People and they have Alexander died 6 May 1869 aged 67 at Derry Torridon, informant Ann, his wife. Then Ann McLean died 5 June 1873 aged 75, widow of Alexander McRae. Are there two couples Alexander McRae & Ann McLean died at the same time?-highly unlikely but possible.
Added by Ann Hammond on 01 September 2011.
Hello Ann, I don't know answer. If you search against 'Derry Torridon' you'll see a website which also spots this anomaly.
Added by Roddie Macpherson on 01 September 2011.
Hi Roddie, Thank you for the help. Lots of info on that site. I guess they are the same couple, maybe the headstone was done after some time, and the dates mixed up.
Added by Ann Hammond on 02 September 2011.
Regarding dates on the headstone erected by my great grandfather Duncan McRae to his parents Alexander McRae & Ann McLean. This is the only SLATE headstone in Annat graveyard with Alexander's brother Kenneth's adjacent to his.
Duncan moved to Ballachulish to work, then Glencoe, then Salen in Mull, then back to Ballachulish & finally Oban. One of his sons, James, worked in the slate quarries in Ballachulish around 1902. There was a graveyard book commenced in 1901 which noted in 1905 Duncan MacRae, hotelier, Oban, as owner of lair 74 row XII (3 graves 7ft x 7ft south of 73). Presumably he and his son working in the slate quarry organised the headstone and had it erected in 1905 some 30 plus years after his parents' deaths. The registered death dates are more likely accurate but ages of highland folk born in late 1700s early 1800s are approximate for most as prior to official Birth, Marriage & Death registrations in 1855 there were no certificates. They were also Gaelic speakers with no written records and church parishes had extreme difficulty extending up remote glens without roads such as 22 mile long Strathconnon and sideshoot Gleann Meinich from where the MacRaes moved to Doire na fuaran (corrupted to english Derry) becoming Fasag then Torridon.

Added by Malcolm M MacRae on 03 August 2013.
One of Ann's brothers is Hector MacLean lair 128 photo 10700.
Added by Malcolm M MacRae on 03 August 2013.
Very interesting information about this headstone. I am planning to visit this cemetery this year. Ann's parents Kenneth McLean and Mary McGregor are buried here too. Some of her siblings migrated to Australia in 1854.
Added by Ann Hammond on 01 January 2014.

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