I was under the
understanding that your web site was one of fact and true Scottish
heritage. I have had you listed on my site for that reason, especially
since I am a real Macrae. I came across a clan story/history on your
site that is something I wrote some years ago, but is not true. It is of
a fictitious clan created for the Bristol renaissance faire. I am the
one that is listed at the bottom of it as Ian MacTavish. I went by that
name for faire re-enactment and fun. I now see this is listed upon your
good historical and accurate site. I am asking that you please remove it
to keep yourself accurate and true. Also, since I was the writer of it
at the time, I would not and do not want to be associated with a unreal
clan. It is a clan for Renaissance faire fun only, and they have also
claimed a generic tartan as theirs. It is not real in any way but for a
few small things in that some in it are real Scots representing their
own family clans. Thanks for your time in this.
Sir Clisto Seversword
Knight of the Holy Blade of York
"Oh... The Sweet Reward of
Lies Not in the True Noblest of Deeds,
But is Buried Deep Within the Eyes and
Heart of His One Beautiful Admiring Lady".
Note: As it's a good story and
just goes to show that fiction and fact can get mixed up I thought I'd
leave the story on the site as a kind of illustration on how things can
get confused :-)
Nessus Ramsay, back in 1236AD....... through generations of the Ramsay
clan, a story has been passed down. This legend speaks of the sons of Gods
which sired immortal men to mortal women. Many of these people were said
to have formed the new clan by the name "Gadfaol" pronounced (god fah ool),
which when translated literally from ancient Gaelic into English means "IronWolf".
However, taking into consideration the text and dialect of the times,
IronWolf would have meant "Warrior Clan".
in 1400, Sir Alexander Ramsay of Dalhousie, successfully withheld a six
month siege by English forces under Henry IV at Dalhousie Castle. He had
accomplished this with the assistance of a small army of men from various
clans that had interests to be protected but had to remain anonymous. For
whatever reason, they did not want their true clan names to be involved,
so Sir Alexander Ramsay used the name of IronWolf to protect the
clansmen's true identities. Thus, the IronWolf Clan had been reborn. He
passed along knowledge of these events to his son, also named Alexander,
who continued on as the first chieftain of the IronWolf Clan.
brings us to the birth and life of Morgan Ramsay, who became known as Sir
Morgan Ramsay, chieftain of the clan Ramsay and of IronWolf. He saw this
new version of an ancient clan flourish and prosper. People of all clans
joined loyalties under the black and silver tartan that seemed to appear
out of nowhere. Sir Morgan Ramsay was quite pleased, since by 1575AD at
the age of 27, he was already Chieftain of Ramsay and IronWolf clans and
on his way toward becoming the first knight of King Aongus O'Dell of
Ireland. He needed a way to insure the success of his beloved IronWolf
clan. It was then, the Ramsay clan motto of "Pray and Work" enlightened
him to what he must do. He rallied all his allies to stand behind and
recognize the IronWolf clan as a true clan of Scotland.
O'Dell of Ireland, Prince of Barra Kierron Gunn MacNeil, Sir Tirlough
MacInnes of Wales and Norway, Sir Richard Gill Knight of Tian Ross Shire,
and many other Scottish clans lead by Sir Maradon MacKaden Chieftain of
clan Ramsay, all stood behind Ramsay and all those that would call
themselves of the IronWolf Clan. Whether by bloodline or tartan alone, the
clan IronWolf would stand victorious. For Ramsay had also uncovered the
by which the first IronWolf clan bonded together.
by 1578AD at the peacetime invitation of Queen Elizabeth to Bristol, Sir
Morgan Ramsay, accompanied by a representative of each of his allies for
IronWolf, held a momentous ceremony naming a bloodline descendant of
Gadfaol as Regent Lorde of IronWolf. He was Sir Ian Macrae, now Regent
Lorde of IronWolf. Ramsay had found the man that would insure the
prosperity of the renewed clan of his origin. Sir Ian then named his
officers in the clan, with the appointment of his First Knight, Sir Angus
Guild, so that a proper hierarchy would rule and be ultimately affective
as a recognized force in the realm as he too re-established the tenets.
then, it was learned that many other family names were connected with the
ancient Gadfaol clan such as MacLeod, Montague, Gunn, and Ragnar of
Norway. There are many, many accounts and amazing stories of people
connected with the IronWolf Clan. Soon more will be released after the
extensive research is completed.
you have it. I hope that this small bit of history has enlightened
everyone as to who we really are, what we represent and what we continue
striving to achieve. If there are questions anyone has and would like to
have answered, if possible, send missive through your scrying device to
forever, but Scotland for just a "WEE BIT LONGER"
MacTavish, Regent Lorde of the IronWolves
November 12th 1578