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Clan Mackay

The Strathnaver Museum is incredibly proud of our links to the Clan Mackay and the Clan Mackay Societies and we regularly welcome Mackays from all over the world who visit our Mackay Room every year. The Strathnaver Museum is also fortunate to have the Honourable Elizabeth Fairbairn, Hon President of the Clan Mackay Society as our Patron.

Honourable Elizabeth Fairbairn, Museum Patron

Born in the Borders, Elizabeth has lived for most of her life north of the border. She was educated in Berkshire and at St Clare’s College in Oxford, but returned on marriage to the east lowlands where she has remained ever since.

The organisations she has been connected with include the Edinburgh International Festival, the Scottish Arts Council, the Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Castle Rock Housing Association and Live Music Now. She has been a trustee of the Scottish National War Memorial since 1996.

It was in 1995 that Elizabeth, as younger sister of the late Clan Chief Lord Reay, became Hon President of the Clan Mackay Society. She has attended various Clan Gatherings, including one in Canada, and has remained keen to support the organisation on local, national and international levels.

Since 1999, Elizabeth has run her own business, Festival Beds – an accommodation agency for visitors to the Edinburgh Festival. She combines this with other voluntary works.

In 1999, she was awarded the MBE for her services to Lothian Housing Association.

She is both a mother and grandmother.