'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!
Hall Planning Meeting
Survey of The Hall
AGM & Other Minutes Published
President's 2016 report
Hudson Bay Company - 2016 Christmas Bear is named after John Rae
Only available in Canada and USA - More on their way to us!
John Rae Society is mentioned in the Scottish Parliament
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