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The History of Clan Gregor

  • Period: Jan 1, 843 to Feb 13, 858

    (c.) Reign of Kenneth MacAlpin, first King of Scots

    Kenneth I Clan Gregor claims descendence from Kenneth MacAlpin
  • Period: Jan 1, 879 to Jan 1, 889

    (c. ) Reign of Scot-Pict King Gregory the Great

    Giric (c. ) Reign of our namesake, Scot-Pict King Gregory the Great. A maternal nephew of Kenneth MacAlpin, first King of Scotland and from whom the clan takes its name. Note: The surname MacGregor is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic Mac Griogair meaning "son of Griogar". The personal name Griogar is a Gaelic form of the personal name Gregory.
  • Jan 1, 1000

    (c.) Glen Dochart

    (c.) Glen Dochart
    Clan Gregor flourishes in Glen Dochart
  • Jan 1, 1100

    MacGregor first used as surname

    MacGregor first used as surname
  • Jan 1, 1200

    (c.) Kilchurn

    (c.) Kilchurn
    MacGregor stronghold, established on island in Loch Awe
  • Jan 1, 1296

    Battle of Dunbar

    Wikipedia John of Glen Orchy (Chief) captured by King Edward at Battle of Dunbar.Clan lands confiscated but later returned when John agreed to serve Edward in France.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1300 to Jan 1, 1360

    Chief Griogair of the Golden Bridles

    b~1300; d~1360
  • Jun 23, 1314

    Battle of Bannockburn

    Battle of Bannockburn
    Clan Gregor fights at the Battle of Bannockburn under Chief Malcolm MacGregor. This battle was a significant Scottish victory in the First Scottish War of Independence.
  • Jan 1, 1315

    (c.) GlenStrae and GlenLyon.

    MacGregors established homes in Glen Strae and Glen Lyon.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1325 to Jan 1, 1390

    Clan Chief Eoin cam (Ian of the One-Eye)

    Son of Griogair, .b~1325; obit.1390
  • Period: Jan 1, 1350 to Jan 1, 1415

    Clan Chief Eoin dubh

    Eoin dubh, son of Eoin cam, b~1350; obit.1415
  • Jan 1, 1370

    (c.) Clan Campbell

    (c.) Clan Campbell
    emerges as a powerful feudal society.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1375 to Jan 1, 1440

    Clan Chief Malcolm "The Lame Lord"

    Gille-coluim (Malcolm "the lame lord"), son of Eoin dubh, b~1375; obit.1440
  • Jan 1, 1390

    Campbell Laird steals MacGregor lands at Glen Orchy.

  • Period: Jan 1, 1405 to Jan 1, 1461

    Clan Chief Padraig

    Padraig, son of Gille-coluim, b~1405; obit.1461
  • Jan 1, 1500

    (c.) Move to GlenGyle.

    (c.) Move to GlenGyle.
    MacGregors move to Glengyle, Rob Roy's grandfather was an original settler.
  • Mar 13, 1502

    Chronicles of Fortingall

    Chronicles of Fortingall
    Wikipedia Complilation of Chronicles of Fortingall, The Book of the Dean of Lismore written partially by James MacGregor, This book is written in a mixture of Gaelic, Scots and Latin details obituraries and other historic events in area of Perthshire, Scotland where most MacGregors hail from.
  • Jan 1, 1503

    (c.) MacGregor's Leap

    (c.) MacGregor's Leap
    Spurred on by Campbell bloodhounds, Gregor, Chief of Glen Strae, leapt across the Lyon River Gorge in the now famous MacGregor's Leap.
  • Jan 1, 1560

    Roman Catholicism Abolished

    An act of Parliament made it illegal for Scots to be Roman Catholics. MacGregors were Catholics.
  • Jan 1, 1563

    An act of the Privy Council gave the Protestant nobels and chiefs (including Campbells) the right to pursue MacGregors with fire and sword.

  • Period: Jan 1, 1564 to Jan 1, 1570

    Extreme persecution of Clan Gregor continues

  • Jan 1, 1570

    MacGregor of Glenstrae executed

    MacGregor of Glenstrae was executed by Campbells.
  • Battle of Glen Fruin

    Battle of Glen Fruin
    The Battle of Glen Fruin marked a major turning point in the Clan History and was one of the major causes of our name being outlawed for over 150 years.
  • Proscription

    Proscription
    After 200 years of outlawery James VI decreed that the name MacGregor was illegal. This was called proscription and would be enforced for the next 211 years.
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    Additional acts of proscription were enacted making it illegal for for more than four MacGregors to meet in one place, or to possess weapons. Families were divided and children sent to other clans or Ireland. Many Clan leaders were executed.

    The Clan was nearly destroyed. Many MacGregors disappeared into remote mountain areas where they remained concealed for the next twent years, becoming known as The Children of the Mist.
  • Sgiath MacGregor

    Sgiath MacGregor (hiding place in Finglas gorge used after MacGregor outlawery) is named after Calum MacGregor, Rob Roy's grandfather.
  • Proscription Relaxed

    Proscription Relaxed
    Charles II relaxed the proscription in gratitude for MacGregor's support in his struggle to regain the throne. Although promised complete restoration of our status, lands were never returned due to the Campbells political power.
  • Rob Roy Born

    Rob Roy Born
    Born in Glengyle
  • Rob Roy dies

    Rob Roy dies
  • Battle of Culloden

    Battle of Culloden
    James, son of Rob Roy, a major, lead Bonnie Prince Charlie's army through the remote highlands to Edinburgh before the Battle of Culloden (MacGregors did not fight as a clan at Culloden).
  • Clan system abolished

  • (c.) MacGregor name restored

    (c.) MacGregor name restored
    An act of Parliament under George III restored the legality of the MacGregor name.
  • Jacobite Rising

    Jacobite Rising
    Along with many Highland clans, at the age of eighteen Rob Roy together with his father joined the Jacobite rising led by Viscount Dundee to support the Stuart King James (pictured0 who had been deposed by William of Orange
  • Clan Alpine Fencibles

    In gratitude for the restoration of the name, Clan Alpine Fencibles was formed as a regiment in the British army and served in Ireland.
  • Scott's Rob Roy Published

    Scott's Rob Roy Published
    Sir Walter Scott publishes his book, Rob Roy. The legend of Rob Roy takes on heroic proportions with this book.
  • Clan Gregor Society founded.