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...


Sponsor a Window

Thanks to all who helped protect the Hall of Clestrain and sponsored a window ( or a door ) Although this request has now been fulfilled we are always looking for donations please vist our donation page here              ...


Acro prop sponsors

Acro Prop Sponsors Thanks to all the genrous people who donated money to sponsor the much needed acro props - the first stage in saving the Hall of Clestrain.  ...


Clestrain progress

Clestrain Gets Your Full Support...! { Image kindly supplied by James Grieve of } The Hall of Clestrain was built in 1769 for the Honeyman family; descendants of the Bishop of Orkney from 1664-76, Andrew Honeyman. The family later moved to the mainland and the Hall became home to their agent John...


3D Scanning

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...


John Rae