Griogair mac Ailpín (c.820 - c.868) MP

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Nicknames: "Gregor MacAlpin"
Birthplace: Scotland
Death: Died in Scotland
Managed by: Erik Keith Gregg
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About Griogair mac Ailpín

There is no evidence to support the tradition that Gregor was the son of King Alpin. He may have been Griogair, son of Dungal.

Prince Gregor MacAlpin (or Gregory the Great) 1st son of King Alpin, it is generally claimed, founded the Clan Gregor, and hence its First Chief, Laird or Lord and all his sons and descendants constituted the Clan Gregor. He inherited land in the present counties of Perthshire, Galloway, and Argyle, and flourished according to Sir Walter Scott around 878 A.D. He had 2 sons, the eldest of whom was Dongallus or Donald II. -------------------- Wikipedia Article on the MacGregor Clan:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_MacGregor

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From: http://members.cox.net/smithgen/sources/othergen/gragggen.htm

MacGregor

"S Rioghal Mo Dhream"-My Race is Royal

This is on the MacGregor Clansman's Badge

No tribe of the Highlands was more proud of its ancient name than the MacGregors. The motto of this clan claims a Royal descent, the tradition being that their founder was Gregor, brother of Kenneth MacAlpin. Their ancestors possessed Glenorchy, held in 1292 by John de Glenorchy, whose line however failed, when the headship passed to a junior branch. The Clan Gregor traces its ancestry and takes its name from Gregor(Griogar), third son of Alpin, King of Scots in the latter part of the eighth century. A highland proverb says:"The Hills, the MacAlpins, and the Devil came into the world at the same time.

The MacGregors were a very powerful clan. King David II realized that their strength was a threat to his own security. He set out to destroy the clan. So wit the Clan Campbell's aid they took the land that the Clan MacGregors had held for over 100 years from them. By 1442, the MacGregors were without an acre of land held free of the crown. The chiefs of the clan made the mistake of sticking to the old Allodial system of independent ownership, and were determined to keep their land as their ancestors had, by right of the sword.

With the persecution of the clan by the crown and the Campbell's the MacGregor's turned to lawlessness to protect their rights.. These unlawful acts brought the clan to the end of the law. King James VI, through privy council, put a bounty on the head of any MacGregor The Earl of Argyle tried his best to oblige the King. He asked the MacGregor Clan Chief to go with him to the court of King James in England. Argyle promised to protect the clansman and to get a pardon for him from the King. However as soon as the MacGregors crossed the tweed, they were arrested and carried back to Edinburgh. He was executed along with 30 of his clansmen. In April 1603, under the threat of death all with the name MacGregor had to take a new Surname. A death sentence would also be carried out if 4 of them met together. Anyone that brought in a MacGregor either the man or his head, the were rewarded with the MacGregor's holdings or they received a payment of blood money. As of 24 May 1611 any wives or children of a MacGregor fugitive was branded "with a key upon the face". In 1613 a law was passed that had any fugitive MacGregor child under the age of 14 would be "scourged and burnt upon the cheek. Any child over the age of 14 would be hanged at once. All these laws against MacGregors stayed in affect until 1774.

"Glenorchy's proud mountain,Coalchurin and her towers,

Glenstrae and Glenlyon no longer are ours;

We're landless, landless, landless, Grigalach

But doomed and devoted by vassel and lord,

MacGregor has still both his heart and his sword;

Then courage, courage, courage, Grigalach!

If they rob us of name and pursue us with beagles,

Give their roofs to the flames and their flesh to the eagles

Then Vengeance, vengeance,vengeance,Grigalach!"

Clan Gregor Names

From Clans,Septs,and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands by Frank Adam:

Black, Caird, Comrie, Dochart, Farmer, Fletcher, Gregg, Gregor, Gregorson,Gregory, Greig, Grewer,Grier, Grierson, Grigor, Gruer, Hanlon, King, Leckie, Lecky, MacAdam, Macara, Macaree, MacChoiter, MacConachie, MacCrouther, MacGrewer, MacGrowther, MacGruder, MacGruther, Macilduy,MacLeister, MacLiver, MacNee, MacNeish, MacNie,MacNish, MacPeter, MacPetrie, MacPherson, Malloch, Neish, Nish, Peter, White,Whyte.

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