JR-image-1'If the myth gets bigger than the man, print the myth...'

And so, the man who failed, regrettably with a considerable loss of life, has gone down in history as a hero, while the astonishing achievements of an unassuming Orkney doctor remain unknown.

That's why, in 2013, The John Rae Society was formed.Read more


We are looking for helpers to help the society at the various events that we have planned.

You don't have to be a member, although we would love you to join us.
If you have some time to spare and would like to help us achieve our aims, this year we need helpers for:

          • Science Festival
          • 30th September - John Rae's Birthday

As well as these events we are always looking for people to help out, also if you have a particular skill that you feel might be of help to the Society, please contact us. We are not looking for any formal comitments from anyone, just an expression of interest to help.
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Stone and plaque unveiled at the Hall of ClestrainReport

News: Display board and donation box at the HallDetails here.

News: Urgent repairs to the Hall of Clestrain Details here.

Update: Member John Snoad has compiled an updated Book List here

Buy: Jane Glue print of the Hall of Clestrain available to buy from here READ MORE

News:  On 30 September 2014,  a plaque was erected in Westminster Abbey, London, recognising John Rae as an Arctic Explorer. READ MORE

Help: Click to find out how you can help us.


Dounby and Vintage Shows

Our new tent got its first outing at the 2016 Dounby Show. The evening before, several of us struggled to put it up in the rain, thankfully there was very


Blue Door

It was a busy week helping at the Blue Door as well as the Dounby show. However the helpers of the Blue Door enabled us to recieve £2788.46 from sales


Plaque at the Hall

The unveiling of a ‘National Commemorative Plaque’ dedicated to John Rae took place in glorious autumn sunshine at Clestrain on 30th September - the 202nd anniversary of his birth. The



Science Festival

Please come and see our stand at the Orkney Science Festival this year.


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Membership is open to any person, or corporate body, who has an interest in the life of John Rae and supports the aims and objectives of The John Rae Society

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As a Registered Charity we are always needing funding for many projects within a variety of time frames. We are grateful for anything you can afford and you can donate by PayPal, cheque or BACS.

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