3D Scanning of the Hall

In spring 2014, Associate Professor Doug Pritchard of Heriot-Watt University visited Orkney as a guest of the Society. His task was to digitally scan and record a number of sites associated with Dr John Rae. Here Doug describes the technology and the scanning of the Hall of Clestrain... Videos now available...


We own the Hall of Clestrain!

Hall of Clestrain Purchase – Press Release After a long period of delicate negotiations the John Rae Society is very pleased to announce that it has acquired for purchase, having paid an agreed deposit the Hall of Clestrain from its current owners Ivan and Jean Craigie. The Hall of Clestrain ( an...


Display board and donation box

Last weekend Colin and Davey went down to the Hall of Clestrain to install the Display board and donation box. The Display board will eventually contain the story of the Hall and John Rae's life for the benefit of visitors to the Hall.        ...


Emergency Repairs to the Hall

Urgent Repairs to the Hall of Clestrain During the early part of the winter, a section of the roof was damaged and a gaping hole appeared. The Society were concerned that when the violent storms with their winds of 80+mph arrived later in the winter then the Hall could suffer severely.   It...


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 plaque was awarded thanks to the efforts of former trustee Josh Gourlay, who had submitted the nomination to Historic Scotland...


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