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Clan Gregor

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Dec 16, 2021

Clan Gregor or Clan MacGregor[2][ˈkʰl̪ˠãũn̪ˠ ˈɣɾʲikɪɾʲ]) is a Highland Scottish clan that claims an origin in the early 800s. The clan’s most famous member is Rob Roy MacGregor of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.[2] The Clan is also known to have been among the first families of Scotland to begin playing the bagpipes in the early 17th century.[3]

Highland Scottish clan

Clan Gregor
Clann Ghriogair, na Griogalaich[1]

Crest: a lion’s head erased Proper, crowned with an antique crown Or.
Motto ‘S Rioghal mo dhream (Royal is my race)
War cry Àrd-Choille
Profile
Region Highland
District Argyll, Perthshire Highlands
Plant badge Scots Pine
Pipe music Ruaig Ghlinne Freoine
Chief
Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor
The 7th baronet of Lanrick and Balquhidder (An t-Ailpeineach Mòr[1])
Seat Boreland House
Clan branches
MacGregor of MacGregor (chiefs)
Allied clans
Rival clans

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The Clan Gregor held lands in Glen Orchy, Glenlochy and Glenstrae.[2] According to Iain Moncreiffe the MacGregors were descended from an ancient Celtic royal family, through the Abbots of Glendochart.[2] This is alluded to in the clan’s motto: “Royal is my race”.[2] There is also a tradition that Gregor was the brother of Kenneth MacAlpin.[2] Though there is little evidence to support this tradition,[2] it is supported by the Scottish historian, William Skene.[4] It is possible that the eponymous Gregor from whom the family derives may have been Griogair, son of Dungal, who was allegedly co-ruler of Alba.[2]

Most modern historians agree that the first chief of Clan Gregor was Gregor of the golden bridles.[2] His son was Iain Camm One eye, who succeeded as the second chief sometime before 1390.[2]

The barony of Loch Awe which included much of the MacGregor lands was granted to the chief of Clan Campbell by Robert the Bruce.[2] The Campbells had already built Kilchurn Castle which controlled the gateway to the western Highlands and they harried the MacGregors who were forced to retire deeper into their lands until they were restricted to Glenstrae.[2]

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