Born Lochalsh, Rossshire, Scotland about 1795. A son of Duncan and Isabella McRAE.
Arrived in Hobart Town on Resource in 1830 with his brother Hector, sister Flora, her husband Roderick McKENZIE and his brother Alexander.
He obtained a land grant on the Ouse river near Bothwell and married Honoria BALDWIN in about 1843. They had 10 children.
They lived at Selma near Bothwell.
He died in1887.