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

Many thanks to all who came to our Coffee morning in Kirkwall, it was a great sucess. Now for the Festival!




2017 5th - 8th May is Festival Time and book launch!

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Hall Planning Meeting

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Survey of The Hall

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AGM & Other Minutes Published

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President's 2016 report 

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HudsonTedHudson Bay Company - 2016 Christmas Bear is named after John Rae

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Only available in Canada and USA - More on their way to us!


John Rae Society is mentioned in the Scottish Parliament

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John Rae Society acquires the Hall of Clestrain!


Thanks to everyone who attended our Party for John Rae's birthday. A great evening was had by all, full report and photos will follow. Thanks again to Fiona Driver who stood in at the last moment because of Jo Philby's illness. Full report of a great evening here

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Stone and plaque unveiled at the Hall of ClestrainReport

News: Personal memorial flowers at the Hall Details here.

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

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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


Ripcord Adventure Magazine

Just Published : - Article on John Rae by Ken McGoogan in  Ripcord Adventure Magazine



JRS Lottery draw

The John Rae Society lottery draw was drawn on Sunday 18th Dec at 8pm at the Pomona inn, Finstown. Our Thanks to everyone who bought tickets.                 Drawing the tickets were honorary


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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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