It is thought that the MacRaes first came to Kintail in the 14th century,
having previously earned a reputation as fighting men while in the service
of the Lovats and having agreed to render the same service to the MacKenzies
in return for lands in Kintail. This relationship between the MacRaes and
the MacKenzies endured until the demise of the clan system and gained the
MacRaes the nickname: MacKenzie’s shirt of mail.
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