Ian McDonald McRobert McCrae J.P.
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Why write poetry, Poet?
I am the seventh son of David and Annie McCrae from the Rinns of Galloway. Our family tree has been traced back to the McCraes of Kintail, and I am a distant relative of John McCrae (poet) of The Flanders Fields.
How did you get started writing poetry?
I was educated at Longcastle School in the Machars of Galloway.
I worked in Ayrshire as an agricultural student before immigrating to New South Wales Australia in 1960.
I am President of the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand and a member of the United Justices Association in New South Wales.
Poetry has always been part of my life; perhaps it is in the blood. I know that Scotland is always in my heart.
Who were your influences?
My wife Joan supports and encourages me to write poetry, she said it keeps me out of her hair.
I am very proud of my links with Scotland and I am determined to promote our cultural heritage.
Examples of poetry.
Who are the Scots?
Donald Caskie (1902 - 1983) The Tartan Pimpernell. Minister of the Scot's Kirk in Paris. During World War II he moved to Marseille where he helped British servicemen escape the Nazis to freedom. Eventually arrested, badly treated and sentenced to death, he was released following the intervention of a German clergyman. He returned to the Scot's Kirk which was rebuilt after the war.