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Map showing where the MacGregor Clan originated

Ian Macpherson McCulloch, Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Officer (1993-96), The Black Watch (RHR) of Canada, and the former Deputy Director of History & Heritage for the Canadian Armed Forces sent the following press release regarding his book Sons of the Mountains: A History of the Highland regiments in North America during the French & Indian War, 1756-1767 that will be out in 2006. Click here read his press release.


(10/10) Ian sent this latest link to his new book A Bard of Wolfe's Army which captures the personal stories and anecdotes of a young Highland grenadier who fought in Wolfe's Army, many of which have never appeared before in print.

Click here to read the article by Carolynn Stoops regarding the Fire of Bel

Rob Roy MacGregor

Arms Argent, an oak tree eradicated in bend sinister proper, surmounted by a sword azure hilted and pommelled or, in bend supporting on its point, in the dexter canton, an antique crown gules.
Crest
A lion's head erased proper crowned with an antique crown.
Mottos
'S Rioghal Mo Dhream (Royal is My Race) and Ard Choille (high wood - a place in Glen Dochart). E'en Do bait Spair Nocht is also used.
Gaelic Name MacGhriogair
War Cry Ard Choille! (The woody height!)
Plant Badge Pine/Scots Fir
Definition of the word Clan The Gaelic word for children is more accurately translated as family in the sense in which the word Clan became accepted in the Scottish Highlands during the 13th century. A Clan is a social group whose core comprises a number of families derived from, or accepted as being derived from, a common ancestor.

Almost without exception, that core is accompanied by a further number of dependent and associated families who have either sought the protection of the Clan at some point in history or have been tenants or vassals of its Chief. That Chief is owed allegiance by all members of the Clan, but ancient tradition nevertheless states that the Clan is above the Chief.

Although Gaelic has been supplanted by English in the Lowlands of Scotland for nearly a thousand years, it is an acceptable convention to refer to the great Lowland families, like the Douglas', as Clans although the heads of certain families, such as Bruce, prefer not to use the term.

Allegiance was generally given to a father's Clan, but Celtic tradition includes a strong element of descent through, and loyalty to, a mother's line. In reality, the chief of a Clan would ingather any stranger, of whatever family, who possessed suitable skills, maintained his allegiance and, if required, adopted the Clan surname.

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