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John Farquhar MACRAE

b. 1861 Kintail, Wester Ross; son of Donald MACRAE & Margaret MACRAE; bagpiper and wearer of the kilt; c1883 to Patagonia; 1886 drove 500? horses and 2,000? sheep overland from Río Negro to the Strait of Magellan, accompanied by Robert GILLIES, George MACGEORGE, Jack RUDD and others (this was the precursor of the Great Sheep Drive of 1888); 1889 to Magallanes; 1892 Ea. Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego, ranch manager in association with Rodolfo STUBENRAUCH; until 1896, ad-hoc civil governor of Tierra del Fuego; 1895 called as witness in criminal investigation into repression and murder of Selknam natives; 1904 popularized in newspaper reports (example) as the first Brit to settle in Tierra del Fuego - said to have fought natives and become very rich; 1913 Puerto Deseado, founder member of Sociedad Rural; d. 1926 Buenos Aires; memorial Kintail, Scotland



b. c1874; c1897 Punta Arenas, owner of real estate; d. 1957; memorial Kintail, Scotland


1. Rudolph John [Rodolfo Juan], b. 1902 Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego; 1934 Puerto Deseado, member of Sociedad Rural

(1) "The History of the Clan MacRae", Rev. Alexander MacRae, 1910
(2) Ross & Cromarty Roots website, http://gravestones.rosscromartyroots.co.uk"
(3) Biography of Henry L. Reynard", http://patlibros.org/reyn/
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