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Rattrays of Scotland/Canada/Australia/New Zealand

Updated November 9, 2000

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I began researching my family tree in 1989 during my first trip to Scotland, specifically Dundee, where my father, Andrew Fotheringham Rattray, was born 10-May-1905. In August of 2000, I will make my 10th visit to Scotland since 1989 and will attend the 2nd World Gathering of Rattray in Kirkmichael, Perthshire, Scotland, 25-26-27-August. I have been successful in putting together my family tree, beginning with my great-great-great grandfather, David Rattray in the late 1700s, who was married to Ann Forrest. A major mystery, still unsolved, is that of my grandfather, Arthur Rattray, b. 31-Oct-1871, Dundee. He was ship's steward aboard SS Moeraki which was owned by the Union Steamship Co. of Dunedin, New Zealand. In 1908, he sailed aboard the SS Moeraki and never returned home to his wife, my grandmother, Janet Munro Fotheringham, my uncle, David, b. 1902, my father, Andrew Fotheringham, b. 10-May-1905 and my aunt, Jessie Munro, b. 1908. My grandfather, who obviously chose to stay "down under" knew he had a daughter born after he left due to the fact that over the ensuing years he mailed her coins, a watch and material for a dress. Arthur was one of nine children and his oldest brother, Edward, was ship's master of SS Warfield. In 1920, Edward sent a cablegram home that he had "news" of Arthur and would tell all upon his return to his home port of London, England. Unfortunately, Edward suffered a fatal heart attack and died at sea, off the Port of Trieste. Today, I continue the search for Arthur as well as assembling additional family tree information and recently met up with a 1/2 3rd cousin on the Internet, John Pope, of England, who is a descendant of my great-great grandfather, Henry, through his second marriage. I am also currently the Canada/USA Representative of the Clan Rattray Society (1993) of Perthshire, Scotland and was present at the inaugural dinner, in Scotland, in October of 1993. Also in attendance, among other Rattrays, was the 28th Clan Chief of Rattray, Captain James Rattray of Rattray, who, regrettably, passed away in November, 1999 a true friend.

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