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Clan MacGregor: The History of the Tartan, Crest & Myths

Written by: Stewart Borland
Published: 19th June 2015

MacGregor Name: Origin & Survival

The MacGregor story is one of dogged survival and endurance in appalling conditions. History calls them the Children of the Mist. For nearly two centuries Clan MacGregor was a victim of Proscription. This meant that male MacGregors could not use their surname, own property or even, in the worst times, possess a knife. They were legally hunted down and tortured or beheaded, often by Campbells. Despite such catastrophic fortune, the MacGregor name survived, and today they flourish.

Thanks to the outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor, who captured the public imagination, MacGregors would remain ‘MacGregors despite them.’

The word clan is a derivative of the Gaelic word for children. But to be a member of a clan didn’t automatically mean you were related to the chief. Those who worked for the clan would take the surname, and those who needed protection would pledge themselves to the chief and accept the clan name as their own. But they were united equally, living and sometimes dying in service to their clan. Nowadays, under Scots law, anyone who shares the clan surname is automatically considered part of that clan.


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Macgregor Tartan

In order: MacGregor Red and Green, MacGregor Red and Black, MacGregor of Cardney, MacGregor of Glengyle and MacGregor Green. Photo by Celtus / CC BY-SA 3.0

There are a large variety of tartans associated with the MacGregor, but only the five tartans depicted above are recognized as Clan MacGregor tartans by the current clan chief. The most common are the MacGregor Red and Green, dating from approximately 1810, and the MacGregor Red and Black, also known as the Rob Roy MacGregor and probably being the oldest MacGregor Tartan despite a relatively late adoption by the clan.


McGregor Family Crest & History

Clan Gregor, also known as MacGregor, is one of the oldest clans in Scotland. They are said to be descended from Kenneth MacAlpin, the king who united Scotland back in the 13th Century. It was the MacGregor Clan who laid claim to ruling status. The old MacGregor motto is “Royal is my race.”

But the inexorable rise of Clan Campbell is an often told tale, and it was they who by the 14th century were beginning to overtake the fortunes of the MacGregors. The MacGregors and The Campbells, not surprisingly, became enemies.

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Scottish Clan Feuds: MacGregors and Campbells

The trouble seems to have started when Robert the Bruce gave the Barony of Loch Awe (in MacGregor territory) to his loyal supporter, Neil Campbell. Despite clan territorial considerations, the king’s feudal power allowed him to take back lands and give them to whom he pleased.

The Campbells moved in and harassed the MacGregors in their neighbourhood, and forced them out of the lands around Loch Awe, back into their remaining territory. Clan MacGregor had previously controlled the areas of Glenorchy, Glenlochy and Glenstrae in Argyll and Perthshire; now they only had Glenstrae. Meanwhile, the Campbells established themselves at Loch Awe from 1308 and rose to become powerful landowners, opportunistically buying up land, and many of the poorer MacGregors became their tenants.

Kilchurn Castle reflected on Loch Awe. Photo by Andrewmckie / CC BY-SA 4.0


Scotland Clan Map: MacGregor Territories

The Campbells of Glenorchy eventually purchased Glenstrae as well, then refused to have two successive MacGregor chiefs as their tenants. They tried, by fair means or foul, to wean other MacGregors away from their allegiance to their clan in favour of Clan Campbell.

In the 16th Century, a feud between a MacGregor and a Campbell erupted into a fierce war, when Grey Colin Campbell murdered the brother of Gregor Roy. The MacGregors declared war on the Campbells visiting upon the Central Highlands eight years of attacks, recriminations and blood feuds. Things had got severely out of hand.

As the Campbells were favourites of the king, the MacGregors often found themselves on the losing end of any disputes. With loss of fortunes, they had to resort to cattle rustling, which was not an uncommon practice. The king’s forester, John Drummond had caught some MacGregors poaching on the king’s land, and had them all hanged. Drummond was murdered in 1590 by way of retaliation. This was brought to the attention of King James I (VI of Scotland), but though the Macgregor chief was held responsible, the king pardoned him.

Lanrick Castle, official clan seat of the MacGregors until the 1830s. Photo by Natasa / CC BY-SA 2.0


The Banning of the MacGregor Name

If only the MacGregors had been so lenient in the affair that happened next. Back in 1592, a MacGregor arrow had accidentally killed a member of Clan Colquhoun (pronounced ‘ca-hoon’) during a cattle raid. The lands of Clan Colquhoun were particularly vulnerable to MacGregor raids. This incident had not been forgotten and in 1602, when two travelling MacGregors sought the famous Highland Hospitality from Clan Colquhoun they were refused. The two men took shelter in a remote barn and slaughtered a sheep to eat. They were found, by the Colquhouns, and executed.

Alisdair MacGregor, then clan chief, was urged by the Campbell Earl of Argyll to seek revenge. So with their allies from Clan MacFarlane, the MacGregors marched out to face Clan Colquhoun in the infamous Battle of Glen Fruin. But the wily Earl had his own agenda, because he knew that Clan Colquhoun had received a royal commission to subdue the MacGregors. Despite Clan Colquhoun having twice the number of armed men, the MacGregors’ superior military tactics won the day. The battle turned into a bloodbath which brought shame to the MacGregors.

When King James heard of their actions he proscribed, or banned, the MacGregor name. The Laird of MacGregor was executed along with many of his followers, and the MacGregor name was forbidden in law. This was the final victory for the Campbells and there followed years of hideous torture. To be a MacGregor now became a death sentence.

The stories say the Campbells bred fierce bloodhounds to hunt MacGregors down, which were suckled on the milk of MacGregor women to better sniff out their prey. And at the Campbell stronghold of Finlarig Castle on the banks of Loch Tay, ‘Black’ Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy had a pit, where MacGregors were beheaded for the entertainment of dinner guests. There is indeed a stone-lined pit near the north wall of the now ruined castle.

Ruins of Finlarig Castle and Mausoleum.

Finlarig Castle, a Campbell stronghold in old MacGregor lands. Photo by Diana Grelka / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE


The Robin Hood of the Highlands: Rob Roy

Into this terrible legacy, a man was born in 1671 who was destined to become a legend. Robert (the Red) MacGregor, like all MacGregor males, had to assume a pseudonym to escape persecution. He took his mother’s maiden name, Campbell. As the son of a Laird, Rob Roy was well educated in reading, writing and swordsmanship. Legend says he spoke both Gaelic and English.

With his father and many highland clansmen, he fought alongside the Jacobites at the age of eighteen, in the rising that resisted the exile of James II, the dethroned Stuart King.

As a man, Rob Roy lived on land around Loch Lomond and supported his meagre living there by cattle rustling and offering protection to neighbouring farmers. As he was sometimes the one doing the rustling his protection was highly effective! He became a particular thorn in the side of the Duke of Montrose. Rob Roy’s land lay between the rival houses of Argyll (Campbell) and Montrose (Graham).

The story goes that Rob Roy was becoming a successful cattle trader. He borrowed a thousand pounds, a substantial sum, from the Duke of Montrose to finance a deal. But one of his own employees ‘mislaid’ the money. Though Rob Roy offered to pay at least some of the money back, the Duke declared him a thief and had him bankrupted. Rob escaped his imprisonment and fled into the north as an outlaw, where he mustered a loyal following.  Meanwhile, his wife and children were thrown out of their home by the Duke’s men.

It is said that Mary Helen MacGregor, Rob’s wife, was raped by the Duke’s men.  Rob Roy was given some land by Montrose’s enemy, Earl Breadlabane, and managed to return with his family to a life of protectionism and raiding – mainly aimed at the lands belonging to the Duke of Montrose. He was captured several times, but each time managed to escape. One time it was the prison guards themselves who let him go.

Rob Roy MacGregor Statue

Close-up view of Rob Roy MacGregor’s statue. Photo by Alasdair McNeill / CC BY-SA 2.0

A remarkable fighter, and a charismatic individual, Rob Roy also gained a reputation as a Robin Hood figure, robbing from Montrose or else rich Campbells and giving the spoils to the poor. It was so hard to catch him that even Montrose eventually gave up. Had the MacGregors not been living under Proscription Rob Roy would have been a much higher achiever. As it was he led an uncompromising life as an outlaw.

He ended his life a free man living on his own terms, which was quite a feat for a MacGregor in those days. Some maintain that Daniel Defoe, visiting Scotland in 1723, heard about him and was inspired to write The Highland Rogue, a highly romanticised pamphlet about Rob Roy’s exploits.  Whether the pamphlet is actually by Defoe is debatable.

What is certain is that the writer, Sir Walter Scott, then took up the story in a novel entitled Rob Roy (1817). It was this novel which catapulted a much-loved folk hero into wider fame. Robert Louis Stevenson declared it one of his favourite books and it inspired the 1995 Hollywood movie of the same name starring Liam Neeson.

Despite many attempts to curtail his freedom, Rob Roy MacGregor died peacefully in his own bed. He was buried in 1735 at Balquhidder, where later his wife and two of his sons were interred. The headstone, which says ‘MacGregor Despite Them’ was actually a later addition from 1920.

Grave of Rob Roy MacGregor. Photo by Joe / CC BY-SA 2.0

READ MORE: The Ultimate Rob Roy MacGregor Guide


Clan MacGregor Descendants

The story of Rob Roy celebrates what it means to be a MacGregor: to rage against state oppression and come up smelling of roses! In 1774, the Proscription was repealed. Today, Clan MacGregor still has a clan chief, and a strong heritage with descendants all over the world.

Because of the Proscription Gregors and MacGregors took on new surnames, with many families keeping these adopted aliases. So the MacGregor clan welcomes those with surnames that appear in this link to the MacGregor family names. If you find your surname on the list, welcome to Clan MacGregor!


A Famous MacGregor

Born in 1971 in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, Ewan MacGregor is undoubtedly one of the most famous MacGregor these days. The Golden Globe winner is internationally known for his roles in critically-acclaimed films, such as Trainspotting, Star Wars, and Moulin Rouge.

In 2013, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama and charity.

Ewan McGregor in Cannes, 2012. Photo by Georges Biard/ CC BY-SA 3.0


MacGregors with Highland Titles

As of October 2018, there are over 165 plots in the Highland Titles Land Register under the MacGregor name.


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Highland Titles: A Very Modern Clan

Alike historical clans, our community also share the investment and attachment to the land, our Nature Reserves, and we even have our own tartan and crest. Join the clan by purchasing a plot of land and continue our mission to conserve Scotland, one square foot at a time™!


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Written by: Stewart Borland

Comments on this post

  • ision
    18/02/16 - 19:04


  • Flora Dell Olinger
    21/02/16 - 23:33

    My great great grandfather was Dugald MacGregor, his father was Gregor MacGregor. Flora Ann MacGregor, Hensley was my great grandmother. I was told their story all my life. I have always been very interested in details about them. Thank you so much for this story about them. I am planning a trip to Scotland in August to try to find more information about them. I want to see the place where they lived. I know the Castle is gone but at least see the area where they were. I am now 80 years old. This is my first chance to see their land.

  • beth: grierson-reed
    01/07/16 - 12:49

    Greetings to all our clan descendants. The fact that we are still here speaks of our spirit.

  • Martin Ian McGregor
    12/09/16 - 03:39

    I am a direct descendant of Duncan Ladasach, the MacGregor chieftain who, more than anyone, pursued the deadly feud with the Campbells, especially Grey Colin. It has been a bit of a shock to my children to find they are descended from him. It was the immediate family, followers and descendants who were known as the ‘Children of the Mist’ – not the whole of Clan Gregor.

  • Shirley Jane MacGregor
    11/11/16 - 04:21

    I am interested in what estates belonged to the “landless Mac Gregors”?

    I visited the Campbell castle there as tourist.
    The Duke days many titles.

    S. MacGregor

  • S. Dean
    05/03/17 - 11:49

    As far as my research goes I am a direct descendent of Kenneth Alpin who United scotland and was the beginning of clan mcgregor. I hope to some day roam our ancestral lands to see where I come from.

  • Diego Armenta
    20/03/17 - 18:58

    I’m a McGregor,my family fled to Ireland during the banned of the surname McGregor and change their name to macgrew

  • Janet MacGregor
    30/04/17 - 04:27

    Thank you for this! Royal is our race!

  • Chris
    13/05/17 - 20:14

    First off great article. As a member of Clan Gregor this was a great work. I am history educated and and am well versed on Gregor clan history primarily through our strong oral tradition. the patriarch of Prince Gregor does not belong to the 13 century and Scotland was centuries old by then and well into the wars of independence against England. The Royal house of Siol Alpin dates to the 800s and Prince Gregor of the mid 800s. the House of Siol Alpin has seven royal clans of which six descend from Gregor. The symbol shared is all seven royal clans is the same plant badge of the Scotch Pine. The first documented chief in writing is Gregor of the golden bridles from the 13 century. Maybe that’s where your error came about. Siol Alpin were a sub kingdom of Ireland called Dal Riada who united with the Picts through marriage to fend of the Vikings. King Alpin lost his head for treason to the Irish high king for marrying Irish. His sacrifice united a country and Prince Gregor is the product of a unified nation.

  • Ian D. McGregor
    09/06/17 - 13:33

    I am a proud McGregor. My Great Grandfather embarked to Australia from Oban around 1840. His family held land in the Highlands, but were dispossessed after the battle of Culloden so I believed. What I believe was known as the Highland clearances.
    Someone might enlighten me on the difference in spelling. I am given to understand that the shortened McGregor is the Protestant spelling and MacGregor is the Catholic spelling. Yes or no

  • Denice wYATT
    13/06/17 - 02:20

    Have been trying to find tree relating from Rob Roy MacGregor going to Scotland August 2017 and information would be helpful.

    • Peter Bevis
      15/06/17 - 10:48

      If you would care be be a little more specific with regard to the information you are seeking I will try to help

    • Peter Bevis
      20/06/17 - 11:06

      I can help you there! My wife is a McGregor. Robert had two brothers, John and Duncan. Couple of sisters too, Sarah and Margaret.

  • Marion Black
    17/06/17 - 23:25

    I would like to know the names of Rob Roys brothers as I am tracing my family tree and I am getting conflicting information.

  • Pat Nuku
    21/07/17 - 22:19

    Rob’s oldest brother John, also known as Iain, is in my family tree. My mother was born a Taylor and her mother was a McGregor, the daughter of Teone McGregor. Teone McGregor was the son of Jock McGregor and Hinekawa. Jock (John) McGregor was the son of John McGregor who was the son of Daniel and Janet McGregor. Iain or John was Janets Father. So there are a few generations of Maori in New Zealand who whakapapa back to Rob’s older brother John.

  • Ann Marie Heuser-Barnes (mother maiden name McGregor)
    01/09/17 - 04:41

    My grandfather Thomas Mcgregor arrived in Toronto, Canada right after the second world war.
    His daughter, Sandra, my mother moved to Grey County close to a hamlet named Rob Roy.
    Is it coincidence or fate?
    A wonderful history of clan MacGregor! Thank you.

  • Carol Newsome
    02/09/17 - 11:38

    Ann Marie, I am just learning of my history. I also, am a McGregor and am from Toronto, Canada. My grandmother was Annie Anderson and married a Harvie. I’m looking forward to going to Canada and talk to a second cousin who has a pretty detailed family tree. His daughter Heather is now keeping it up to date. Apparently, we come from rogues. Cool huh!!

  • Ann Gordon
    18/09/17 - 06:52

    to: Ian D. McGregor
    09/06/17 – 13:33

    Ian, please get in touch with me, I believe we are related. My GGGfather came to Australia, NSW. I am doing a research project on the family and would like to compare notes!!

    Ann Gordon
    [email protected] (note the 2xg)

  • Marianne Mac Gregor
    07/10/17 - 22:19

    I was born Marianne Mac Gregor in 1950
    It is fun to see all the information about Scotland. I hope to visit sometime….

  • Christine Kulper
    10/10/17 - 21:51

    To Ann Gordon and Ian McGregor,

    I have just visited Scotland doing a bus tour. We visited Loch Lomond for boat trip and saw the land owned by the McGregors and a McGregor still lives there his name is Fergus McGregor.

    My Ggggrandmother was a Elizabeth McGregor married to John Hutton Whyte immigrated to Australia in the 1800 and settled ina town near Hay NSW.

    I am happy to share my information with you.


  • Kirk Greer
    18/10/17 - 16:03

    Doing research and have been able to track my 4th great grandfather John Greer back to Montrose, Angus, Scottland. Now working on filling in with hard evidence. (Paper trail)

  • Shelly Gregg
    25/10/17 - 03:11

    I am in Alabama and a descendant of the Macgregor Clan. It is really exciting to be able to trace my family history all the way back to Scotland. Thank you for this article. It was very helpful! My next step is to go to Scotland!

  • Meghan White
    29/10/17 - 12:00

    My great great great great….. grandfather is Rob Roy Macgregor. So I’m a direct descendant of him

  • Sarah brown setta
    28/11/17 - 00:39

    Well…i wish i could lay any coolness claims, but i only have family stories that could easily be wishful thinking. But here i am a Brown on my fathers side and McCoullough on my mothers. Sarcasm and dreamy eyed wants are all I have. Hooray for hundreds of years of stubborn pride and poor farmer lives kicked around by famine and depression.

  • A C Grant
    20/01/18 - 10:45

    The detailed story of the origins of the MacGregors – and the nature of the relationship they have with the other Siol Alpin Clans – is now told in my 2-Volume book “Scottish Clans: Legend, Logic & Evidence”. You do not descend from Kenneth MacAlpine but rather from Alpin himself – however it is through a female line. The ancestors of the chiefs were indeed royal – but that Royalty was far more Viking rather than it was Celtic. The assertion “Royal is My Race” is NOT a claim to any crown – but it is rightly a claim to royal ancestry. However it was probably necessary for Gregor of the Golden Bridles to assert this as he was not himself in the direct male line of the previous chiefs (it is hard to say just when this motto was adopted – though the original coat of arms (with a pine rather than an oak tree) was adopted c1085).

    As for the comments of Chris:

    1. Sadly I have to tell him that there was no “Prince Gregor”. The man you refer to – who was indeed an ancestor – was Grig. [The name Gregor comes from Gregory which is Greek in origin and first appeared in Scotland c1060.] He was a member of the Strathclyde Royal family, but he was also descended from Alpin on his mother’s side.

    2. He says the first “documented” chief was Gregor of the Golden Bridles. Well it depends what you mean by “documented”. He is the earliest one which every one can agree on (and he was 1300s not 13th century), but I say that the name MacGregor was adopted as a surname 100 years earlier and Amy MacGregor’s legendary pedigree is far more correct than most historians will allow (I explain this in detail in my book).

    3. The Siol Alpin was not at all what Chris says – their common male line ancestor was Olav Hemmingsson who was executed in 1098 and his name proscribed. Alpin died in battle. It was Olav who was beheaded – and not for the reason Chris claims.

    4. Chris is correct in saying that Alpin, Kenneth and Grig belong to the 800s – not the 13th Century you suggest yourself.

    The MacGregor origins are fascinating indeed and I do hope you will find an opportunity to read my book.

  • Michael Gregory Masniuk
    21/01/18 - 20:46

    My great great great great great grandmother was Ann Sempill Macgregor Rob Roys great niece and her brother was Gregor MacGregor 1786 till 1845 .Im very proud of the fact .

  • Duncan
    15/02/18 - 15:39

    More info about the Macgregors:
    After the name was banned the split up into their own clans: The Blacks (me), The Greens and a lot more

  • Nicole Roy
    21/02/18 - 01:27

    So proud to be a descendant of Rob Roy McGregor and to be able to pass down our family tree to my children and future generations.

  • stephen king
    22/02/18 - 23:50

    Barring the name king my dad and his brother traced our name back be Rob Roy.
    Looking for more about my family name

  • Donald Charles MacGregor
    13/03/18 - 23:46

    It’s always nice to no where your ancestors came from aND what there about my great grandfather was Elexander MacGregor who married Kate Darling july1884 in longside Scotland I would like to no how I would be related to ROB ROY MACGREGOR

  • Jonathon McGregor
    17/03/18 - 12:16

    Very informative, I have been doing a ton of research on the surname and family tree and life they led, and it boils my blood to know that we had no choice but to either flee or take upon another name. I am glad my family maintained the name. Thank you for this article.

  • George M MacGregor
    03/04/18 - 05:30

    I am a true MacGregor and My ancestors goes way back to Rob Roy’s time………

  • Scott Brian Gregor
    03/04/18 - 12:48

    Royal is my race Just one more?

  • Abigayle MacGregor
    14/04/18 - 14:31

    Very informative, iv been trying to research my family however i cant go past my fathers father because the guys seemed to have dropped off the face of the earth and all i know is his name. so even if i don’t have all the modern parts of my genealogy its nice to know more about the historical part.

  • James Campbell
    15/04/18 - 21:43

    My grandfather told that his grandfather ,as a child , got on the boat as a McGregor and got off the boat a Campbell. I have traced back to Tennessee and a Albert Galliton Campbell but no further back. Anyone have an idea ,what to do next

  • Stephen D. Greer II
    12/05/18 - 08:48

    Its an honor to be apart of this cite. I am a West Virginian, USA. I have traced my blood line back to Lord Malcum D. Macgregor and further. Yes, we are still here, JUST DESPITE THEM.

  • Pamela MacGregor Vasquez
    15/05/18 - 23:11

    I have always been proud of my family name. My father’s name was Malcolm Roy MacGregor. I am hoping to get more information on our ancestors, who never changed their name. All my brothers have a full Scott name, being the only girl, my mother named me.

  • Mary Black
    16/05/18 - 01:55

    I am a Black and I understand that the Blacks are a sept of Mac Gregor, MacLean and Lamont. I am trying to trace my paternal heritage and have done my DNA with Ancestry.com. I have gotten a few connections with Ayrshire Scotland and would like to know which clan is in the Aryshire area of Scotland.

  • Deborah Susan Patterson
    24/05/18 - 12:09

    My Sister Anne and I and the 9th Grandaugthers of Rob Roy Mac Gregor We live in Australia but will be visiting Scotland the first 2 weeks of December 2018. We were born there but Immigrated to Australia in the 1960’s
    Would love any leads to meet our clan, we live on a Mac Gregor is a strong soul, the Highlands have been calling us for decades ‍‍‍‍

  • William Davis
    24/05/18 - 14:49

    My great grandmother was a MacGregor and very proud to be. Her daughter, my grandmother was proud to display the coat of arms and tartan and loved to tell stories about the family

  • Nikki Nish
    13/07/18 - 10:29

    So very insteresting!
    I am also researching my family tree.
    I am a Nish, on my fathers side, which I believe is a sept of MacGregor.
    I’m struggling to find information at the moment. Have ordered the DNA test through ancestry.
    Heading to Europe for our honeymoon next March, hoping to add some Scottish places related to my heritage to the list!!

  • Ningob Anun Kwe
    23/07/18 - 22:44

    I am an Anishinabe MacGregor! Our link is Duncan MacGregor from the Wikwemikong Unceeded First Nation reserve 🙂

  • alastair mcGregor
    29/07/18 - 13:20

    One of your correspondents queried the spelling of McGregor v MacGregor on religious grounds. I have no awareness of this. Inclined to think buerocracy abbreviated the name Mcgregor. The name McGregor is pronounced MacGregor. It’s always how i’ve prounced my name. Being born in rural Perthshire I was never known amongst my peers as Mcgregor rather we were referred to as mcgreegor (gaelic pronunciation, spelling incorrect). slans

  • alastair mcGregor
    29/07/18 - 13:44

    Correction. The macgregors at culloden were never part of the atholl brigade. They fought under the duke of perth, ( drummond).

  • Lewis Gregor
    18/08/18 - 15:35

    I am the 5th generation Lewis Gregor living in Canada. My GGGrandfather immigrated from Germany around 1825. I cannot trace family tree back into Germany. Does anyone have any info of the Gregors in Germany.

  • Jenny Hall
    23/08/18 - 03:34

    Hello, my Grandmother used to often talk about our Scottish origins, she was a McIntyre, her father was born at Stuckendroin on the banks of Loch Lomond but left to start a new life in Queensland Australia. My Great-Great Grandfather was Peter McIntyre, his Grandmother was Mary MCGregor, there are McDonalds, McFarlanes, Campbells sprinkled through our tree, my Grandmother spoke of us being related to Rob Roy and I would like to find where our Mary McGregor (b1750?) fitted in, she married Duncan McDonald and had a daughter Agnes (1774-1871) who married Peter McIntyre (1771-1860), my G-G-Grandfather Peter McIntyre (1808-1882) left Stuckendroin, Loch Lomond, Scotland for Australia in 1865.
    Happy to share info and photos if anyone would like to do the same.
    I visited Loch Lomond last year and was very excited to visit Inverary Castle and see some of Rob Roy’s personal belongings there.

  • Shirley Jenkinsi have
    31/08/18 - 14:21

    I have been using the app We’re Related which sent me a possible relation. On comparing each of our lines our common ancestor was Duncan Campbell the Black Duncan. So looking down my line from Duncan Campbell it lead to my paternal grandmother I found my 8 the great grandfather was Robert Roy McGregor his son Robert to Dougal to Alexander to Catherine Flora who married a Frazer they came to Australia in 1839.. then Watkins to Florence Bennett my grandmother.
    My grandmother never said any thing about being of Scottish descent let alone Rob Roy…

  • Simon Halliburton
    03/09/18 - 15:43

    I am the direct descendant of Rob Roy McGregor through my maternal line.

  • Jessie
    04/09/18 - 20:07

    My 6th great grandfather Alexander Graeme MacGregor (used Graeme during proscription) was the nephew of Rob Roy MacGregor. His father John Graeme MacGregor was the brother of Rob Roy’s wife Mary Helen. It’s so interesting to see how big the clan is in reality!

  • Scott A Taylor
    10/09/18 - 21:34

    I have just found that I am a true descendant of the McGregor Clan through the Bloodline of Dr. James David McGregor Stratton. New information from DNA testing.

    Still looking for more info to share on this journey.


  • David King
    02/10/18 - 05:28

    I am a MacGregor. My family line changed the name to MacAra (Son of the King) at the beginning of The Proscription and Anglicized it to King two generations later. The last in my line to use the name MacGregor was Eoin dubh MacPhtrick MacGregor born 1572 killed 1612 by beheading. My family (Thomas King) came to the New World via Pennsylvania around 1715.

  • David King
    06/10/18 - 01:44

    I’m a MacGregor but the family name was changed over the course of 3 generation from MacGregor to MacAra (son of the King) and then Anglicized to King. This was due to the proscription by King James in 1603. My last ancestor named MacGregor was Eoin dubh MacPhatrick MacGregor who was executed in 1612. The King family relocated to America in 1715 via Thomas King and Jane Sharp.

  • David King
    06/10/18 - 01:45

    Oops that went in twice and the dates are wrong – Strange!

  • Gary J Nutter
    07/10/18 - 20:00

    I am a Gregg, grandfather was Harmon Luther Gregg,of Oklahoma

  • JD
    27/10/18 - 04:31

    (Note for Kirk Greer: I noticed you said you have done your tree and now are working on filling in with a paper trail. What you have done is incredibly foolish, how do know those people are your ancestors if you have not done the paper trail? Your “researched” tree is nothing without a paper trail from the start, chances are you may find some disappointment).

    I have researched my tree back step by step with no assumption on ancestors and have a plausible paper trail making me a many times great nephew of Rob Roy mac Gregor. It was a good surprise and have built a paper trail as I built my tree to support my claim.

  • Susie Greer
    11/11/18 - 09:14

    I am delighted to find this site. I had always been told that that our original name was MacGregor & that we were descended from three brothers that had come to America from Scotland in the mid 1700’s, one settled in North Carolina, one in South Carolina & one out west. I had never pursued any more information, but now am very interested in researching as far as possible. Good luck to all of us on our quest to finding our ancestors.

  • Shelly Thomas
    15/11/18 - 16:34

    I was told 2 brothers migrated to virginia or PA from Scotland in 1623… James and William McGehee. Was told they were MacGregor but changed name. Brother james Married Margaret Marshall…. I am not sure which line I am out of James or William. But I am looking for any information that might help me trace their lines.

    I have from 1740’s and up but nothing inbetween 1740’s to 1623 – other than the two brothers come over…Would love to be above to trace them before 1623…

  • Christine McGregor
    26/11/18 - 13:50

    I am a McGregor by marriage and very proud of it..I have just happened upon this site and I am fascinated by all the information. My husband is purportedly a direct descendent of Rob Roy and I would love to start our family tree

  • T. Lansa
    27/11/18 - 22:55

    As I was doing research, it led me to Mary MacGregor who married John
    Gannaway in Virgina Colony 1746. Her father was Edmund Mac Gregor 1700-1793. Seems he came to the colonies with his daughter and the mother stayed in Scotland. Research said that Edmund’s father was Rob Roy MacGregor but I have not found any articles online to confirm that. Any information out there about Rob Roy’s decendents?

  • Cynthia Rimrodt
    03/12/18 - 15:39

    Am looking to identify the parents of Juliet (Julia) MacGregor who was born on June 20, 1840 in Balmaha, Stirlingshire. She married John Primrose.

  • Robbin Groeneveld
    05/12/18 - 22:59

    Fellow childrens of the mist.My grandmother told me, I have a little MacGregor blood in me. I can feel IT in my vains. If there is any problemen going on, summon me! No wonder I never lost a fight.
    Greets Robbin.

  • Dean
    24/12/18 - 02:12

    History is so interesting and reading the information here. I recently had come into my possession a Family Bible that contains the Family names, Marriage of the Father and Mother (Alexander & Ann MacGregor). Show the date of their marriage being 2nd of January 1862.

    On the following page it lists the 8 children born to Alexander & Ann, with one notable “Rob Roy”, who was born 12th Dec 1865.

    The book also has listed, 3 of the daughters marriages and the passing of the father and 1 son of the same name.

  • Justin MacGregor
    26/12/18 - 05:31

    I did a genealogy with two different companies and both are telling me I am related to Rob Roy MacGregor and James Vi and Mary Stuart. Trying to wrap my head around this is anyone has anything simular.

  • Clayton McGregor
    31/12/18 - 14:29

    My name is Clayton McGregor. I live in New Zealand and find it interesting that the Maori tribe Tuhoe from the Urewera mountains are also referred to as children of the mist.There are many Maori McGregors and us known as Pakeha McGregors (European features) that come from this region of New Zealand.

  • Robert Quinn
    05/01/19 - 22:33

    Iam Looking For Information on My 6 generations Great Great Great Great Grandfather and Grandmother Walter Mc Gregor and Margaret McGregor (Martin) And There Daughter Mary Stevenson (McGregor)My Great Great Great Grandmother Died Mar 26 1894 Menstrie Clackmannannshire Married John Stevenson Had A Son Robert Stevenson 1843-1908

  • Frederick Ludwig Stettner Jr
    10/01/19 - 05:44

    My great-grandmother was Margarethe M McGregor. She was born in Germany and came to America in 1881. Does anyone know why McGregors were in Germany?

  • Elaine Hope
    17/01/19 - 13:34

    My 4x grt grandmother was called Margaret/Martha MacGregor who married John Spence about 1834 in Edinburgh. Her father was called Trusty MacGregor according to the parish registers does anyone know what Trusty might be short for because I can’t find anything else for him. Many thanks x

  • Russ Smith
    27/01/19 - 01:07

    I have traced my ancestry back to Anne Grier, daughter of sir James Grierson, descendant of the Grierson lords of Lag, it sounds like they are a branch of the clan Gregor, would anyone have info that ties Gilbert Grierson 1st lord of Lag back to the Gregor Clan?

  • Kathy Murphree StJohn
    31/01/19 - 21:16

    My 7th great grandmother was Rachel Alexander MacGregor. She married John Orr. They were from Renfrewshire. Does anyone have any information about any of these two families?
    Thank you!!

  • Vanessa J Rami
    19/02/19 - 21:27

    My mother is part Scottish and she tells me we come from the MacGregor clan. I’m doing an Ethnicity project in Social Studies, so I’ve chosen my mom’s side of the family and I’m focusing on our Irish and Scottish roots, but it’s kind of hard tracing the family with no names and our last name no longer being Scottish

  • Chasity MacGregor
    26/02/19 - 18:42

    Very proud to say that I am a descendant of the original MacGregor line! Our clan in the upper peninsula of Michigan celebrate our lineage every year with our very large direct family usually around 100-300 Scottish clan members come together annually to celebrate our ancestry and I honor the namesake my father gave to me! MacGregor despite them!

  • Tammera Gregory
    02/03/19 - 01:12

    I am a Gregory, we fled to Hamburg, Germany! Very proud to be from this clan☺️

  • vaughan Grigor
    02/03/19 - 04:40

    I am a Grigor my son is Leny Grigor, 9 years of age. my great great great great great grand father is Rob ROY MacGrigor

  • Shelli Milner
    26/03/19 - 23:22

    My great Grandfather 7 generations back was William Gregg who was born in Scotland and moved to America in 1680. I am planning a trip to Scotland in the summer of 2020 and cannot wait to see where my roots are! I would love to get a ring for myself and all my kids with the MacGregor crest on it! I sure hope I can find it! I would love to hear from other MacGregors around here. I will share that my great grandfather Fulton Gregg settled in Texas in a covered wagon (he use to tell us kids about it as he lived a long time) and a county in Texas was named after him. Gregg County! I think that is cool too!

  • Barbara Weaverling
    03/04/19 - 03:40

    We are descended from the MacGregors on my mother’s side. I have been tracing our ancestry to find the link. This far I have the McLeish’s (also McLish), MacPherson’s and Straughan’s (also Strawn), nailed down and continue to search for the link to Rob Roy MacGrwgor. Anyone have any data on that? Thx! BJ

  • Hayley McGregor
    12/04/19 - 02:09

    I am a McGregor from my fathers name.. His father and his fathers father were born in Dublin irleand. Im not too sure before that. But my dad always says we have royal Scottish blood in us.And the McGregors got kicked ouy of scotland and had to leave. I still have my relatives living in ireland today. We live in wirral merseyside uk. Ive not managed to trace much further back.

  • Anna
    14/04/19 - 17:22

    i am Anna MacGregor and its on my fathers side of the family my sister said a long long long long long time ago there was the queen of all the MacGregors or it was in england and she got her head chopped off and i was cleaning my room and found a book about all of are family history

  • Taylor Roberts
    16/04/19 - 23:54

    Frederick Ludwig Stettner Jr, Many from the Highland clans worked as mercenary soldiers and I have heard of accounts of the Mercenary Highlanders working in Germany. some may have stayed. That’s where I would start researching your question anyways.

  • Karen Allsop
    12/05/19 - 19:02

    My relative recently took a dna test which showed that he belonged to the Mc Gregor line but our last name is Brown but seems to disappear in our genealogy, do you know if this last name was used in the name changes from McGregor? If so any documents at all?

  • Cherisse Brewster
    20/05/19 - 20:57

    A story my dad told me made me slightly curious to look up history on our family name but other than the Brewster clan who lived in Barbados being possibly a sept from the Mc Gregor clan of Scotland I don’t really know much else.

  • Matthew Gragg
    10/07/19 - 23:42

    I was wondering what it would take to get the name Gragg added to the list of accepted names. It was changed from Gregg after the American Civil War due to twin brothers getting their pensions mixed up. The Federal government thought it easier to change one brother’s Sur name.

  • Melinda Kaufman
    22/07/19 - 13:50

    Gregg County, Texas was named after John Gregg who was a Cival War General.

  • Melinda Kaufman
    22/07/19 - 13:56

    I descended from William Gregg, ‘the immigrant ‘ who was part of William Penns Colony in Delaware. They came from Ireland after being banished in Scottland.

  • Susan Marengo
    26/07/19 - 19:11

    My grandfather Duncan Alexander MacGregor born 1905 in Kirkwall, Orkney, Immigrated as infant with parents Alexander Mellis MacGregor (born 1878 in Thurso), his father Alexander Menzies MacGregor (born 1832 Perth) His father William MacGregor ( born 1817 Perth), His father John MacGregor (born 1773 Perth) his father Donald MacGregor (born 1754 Strachur) then Gregor no more info YET! I’m trying to piece where they were before, during and after Culloden during the Clearences. Why move to Perth? Were they forced by the Clearence’s then after a time move up to Thurso????? Looking for sources.

  • Duncan McGregor
    29/07/19 - 09:12

    Although I am not much interested in family trees, I am, like many others, proud of my McGregor ancestry.

    My paternal grandparents migrated from Fife to South Africa in the early 1900’s. William was a teacher who became a headmaster and then inspector of schools. He was a tall, strong man of firm principles who inspired fond respect in everyone. He had a major influence on my life and once I nearly beat him at chess!

    Some years ago I went to Germany to collect my daughter (Fiona) at the conclusion of her language exchange and then took her on a brief tour of the UK, ending up in Scotland, where we visited many of the old castles. On the last day, a bitterly cold January morning, we arrived at Balquidder. The hills were snow-capped and Loch Voil was frozen over, with a curl of smoke from a wood fire curling into the still air. It was a spectacular, memorable and poignant finale to our trip.

    Next year, I hope to visit again with my wife.

    Greetings to all from Melbourne, Australia.

  • Gregson
    02/08/19 - 10:31

    I am a descendant if the clan macGregor but when our name was banned my family fled to Ireland and changed their name to Gregson from McGregor. I was wondering has anyone changed their name ba

  • Gregson
    02/08/19 - 10:33

    ck to McGregor

  • James Macgregor
    17/08/19 - 09:51

    My boss is a Campbell and he too is the same as any other Campbell. He knows the history and knows I dislike him.

  • Loren Cook
    18/08/19 - 07:51

    I am a direct decendent too Sarah McGregor Born 1760 who married Ducan Cameron in 1784. and who was born in 1760 in Argyll, Scotland

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