Of the MacGregors
of Glenurchay, generally allowed to have been Chiefs of Clan Gregor, and who
are known to have had the style of Glenurchay for upwards of four centuries,
viz., from about 1004 to about 1440, one of the earliest Cadets was
MacGregor of Glenlyon, of which house there appear to have been, if not Nine
generations, at least Nine representatives, the last of whom, John Dhu nan
Lann, died soon after 1500. After having, on the death of a numerous family
of sons, by his Lady, Margaret daughter of Luke Stirling of Keir, and Widow
of Sir Colin Campbell of Glenurchay, from 1475 (the time of Sir Colin’s
death), and his having, as repeated by a respectable genealogist (Buchanan
of Auchmar), “no near relatives,” disponed his estate, or right of
occupancy, to his Lady's Stepson, Sir Duncan Campbell of Glenurchay, who
took a Royal Charter of Glenlyon anno 1502, and was King s Tenant, or
occupant merely, till that date.
It would appear
that the MacGregors of Roro had been a distinct family for several
generations prior to John Dhu nan Lann’s death, but after his death,
Mad3regor of Boro became the representative of that branch of the MacGregors.
The first of this family of whom we have any authentic notice of is
I. Gregor, who
settled in Roro about the time of his Father's death, 1415. He was married,
and said to have had eleven sons. His eldest son was
II. Duncan Beg
MacGregor, known as Donnacha Lienooh, who, according to an Obituary in the
Latin Language written after 1531, which had formerly belonged to Sir James
MacGregor, Dean of Lismore, and now in the Archives of the Highland Society
of Scotland, “ died at Rorow 17th February 1477 (or 1475).” He married
Elizabeth, daughter of Mac-Naughton of Dundarawe, or of that Ilk. It may be
proper to observe here that this, and marriages of the MacGregors of Roro,
are given on the authority of tradition. By his said wife Duncan had several
children, among whom were
1st. Gregor, his
More, Ancester of the MacGregors of Dunan in Rannoch.
3d. Duncan dhu,
Ancester of the MacGregors of Leragan in Rannocih.
Duncanson,” so called in the Obituary above mentioned; he died at Bellycht
and was buried in Inchadin (Kenmore) on the North side of the Altar, 10th
March 1491, and his Widow Katrine Cardy, daughter of the Laird of Foss, waa
buried in the Church of Dull, before the step of the highest Altar, on 14th
5th. Para Rhua na
Seichdanan, in Culdarbeg. His son Allaster, and his grandson called Donacha
Allaster, were killed by Duncan Breac in Wester Culdar 25th May 1529.
Danacha’s two sons Allaster and John dhu are mentioned in record P. Seal
13th May 1586. The last Allaster had a son Donald, who was father to
Allaster called the Duke, who was very zealous in the interest of the
Stewart family in 1715. The Duke had a son Donald, who resided in Glenlyon,
and was father to John, , who had a numerous family, his eldest son Donald
was a Major in the 58th Regiment.
Duncan9on is mentioned in the Obituary above referred to as having died at
Roro in April 1515 and buried at Killin. By the death of John dhu nan Lann
(or of the Spears),
the last of the
MacGregors of Glenlyon, Gregor became representative of that family. This
circumstance appears to be alluded to in the celebrated Song
“ MacGregors of
Roro whose right was Glenlyon.”
Gregor married a
daughter of — Menzies of Weyme, and had by her a numerous issue, among
1st. Duncan, his
Ancestor of the Gregories of Netherdaill or Kinairdie, as appears from the
Genealogy of that family in the possession of John Gregory, Esq., Advocate,
surnamed Mhallich or VaUich on account of lii& large Shaggy Eye brows. Ean
Mhallich or Vallich died at Tulicheamin 9th February 1523, and was buried in
Killin,. leaving seven sons—
1. Niel, his
heir, in Ardennaig.
mentioned in the Commission see 4th Feby-1589.
3. John Roy do.
MacGregor alias Mac Invallich and now Drummond” appear in the record of the
Privy Seal 30th August 1603. He was Father of Patrick Drummond, who
purchased the Estate of Balhaldie 9th August 1642, who appears in record
particular register of Sasines Perthshire 17th August 1617.
mentioned in the Commission see 4 Feby. 1589.
6. Thomas dhu in
7. Robert in
Dalcapin, who on the 12th May 1606 got a gift of the escheat of his deceased
brother Thomas, Rec. Pri. Sig:
Vallich had two sons, Gregor and William. These appear (together along with
their Uncle Duncan in a Bond given by some of the Principals of the Clan
Gregor to the Earl of Argyle, King’s Lieutenant, 22d April 1601, as
descendants of Duncan Lienoch.
Mallet the Poet
was a descendant of Ean Vallich, and his original name was Malloch, which
had been assumed by some of his tribe on the Proscription of the Name of
Succeeded his father, is mentioned in a Proclamation against some of the
Clan Gregor 10th January 1563.* He is there styled Duncan MacGregor in Roro.
He married Miss
Macdonald of the family of Keppoch, by whom he had issue
*This was the
first Act issued against the Clan Gregor.
1st. Gregor, his
2<L John dhu
More, who was a brave man, and made a conspicuous figure in his time. He
died at Edinburgh 28th Julj 1612.
Breac, or freckled, had three sons—
1. Duncan in
Femay, he was exectuted at Edinburgh 17th February 1604 for having been at
the Battle of Glenfroon.
2. John dhu
MAllaster breac of Stronfeman, occurs in thu records along with his brother
Duncan, in 1589 and 1602, a2k*. likewise by himself in the Bond given to the
Earl of Argyle in 1601, as a descendant of Duncan Lienoch. He was killed by
John Campbell brother of Lawers, and his Head presented to the Privy Council
in 1611. At the time he was killed he had a Feu of the Lands of Stronfeman
from Strowan Robertson. Campbell pursued Strowan before the Council for a 19
years’ Lease of MacGregor’s Feu, in terms of an Act of Council, which
promised such a Tack in favour of the Slayer of every MacGregor who happened
to possess any Lands. Strowan was adjudged to pay a Compensation at sight of
the Council, and ordered by the Council to eject from Stronfeman the Widow
and Bairns of MacGregor with servants and Tenants.
John dhu had
several Children, among whom were Donald, Allaster, Gillespick or Archibald.
All these are mentioned in the Rec. Pri. Cou. 3d August 1602. Gregor Mao Ean
dhu Vc Allaster of Easter Drumnacharrichad, as “ Gregor M‘Gregor in
Gowlarich in Strathdowine,” along with “ John MacGregor his only lawful
son[got] a Charter from John Earl of Atholl of the Lands of Easter
Drumnacharric in the Earldom of Atholl, Borony of Garth, and Shire of Perth,
under the reversion of 3,000 Merks, 28th December 1655; and from the same
Nobleman, a Charter of the Sunny Half of Nether Urquhidavis (otherwise South
Half of Nether Blorish) in the Barony of Oarth, and Shire of Perth, to him,
and to Christian M‘William his spouse, in liferent, and to John MacGregor
their son in fee, under reversion of 937 Merks, 1st July 1657 (Particular
Register of Sasines, Perthshire, 6th May 1656, and 30th Deer. 1657). By the
said lady, he had an only son, styled of Easter Dramnar charric, but better
known as John MacGregor of Delavorer, who, as “John MacGregor Vo Eanduy Vo
Allaster” and “John MacGregor of Delavorer,” sold both these impignorated
estates to Colonel James Menzies of Culdares 20th May 1694. John MacGregor,
fiar of Easter Drumnacharric, married a daughter of Farquharson of
Auchinheyle, and, by her, had several children, among others, 1. Gregor, his
eldest son, who had been enfeoffed in Easter Drumnacharric 1st November 1681
(Particular Register of Sasines, Perthshire, 21st November 1681), and with
whose consent his father sold this estatq as above mentioned.
Marjory, daughter of Robert Grant of Easter Elchies (marriage Contract 18th
January 1681), who, having been enfeoffe'd in the lands of Drumnacharho same
time as her husband, gave his consent to the sale.
MacAllaster Vreac is mentioned as one of the principals of the Clan Gregor
in 1614, and occurs repeatedly in the records prior to that data
of Roro was succeeded by his eldest son.
V. Gregor Mac
Conachy in Roro, who occurs along with his brother, John dhu, in a
Commission of Fire and Sword dated 4th February 1589 against a number of the
Clan Gregor nominatim for the alleged murder of Drummond of Drum-mondergnocih,
one of the under Forresters of Glenartney, who is said to have been very
hostile to the MacGregors.
appears in the record of the Privy Council in February 1592 a Tenant of the
Laird of Weyme—Menzies appears to have had Roro along with Morinch, Duncrosk,
&c., &c., in the Barony of Menzies, before 1520, as his son William is
styled Menzies of Roro this year.
Gregor married a
daughter of Robertson of Faschoille [Faekally] in Atholl—this Lady had been
previously married 1st to Stewart of Appin, to whom she had one son, his
heir— 2ndly to Campbell of Glenlyon, to whom she had one son, his heir—3rdly
to MacGregor of Roro, to whom she had several Children, among whom were
1. Duncan, his
2. George, who
settled in Inverness shire, progenitor of the MacGregors of Raigmore, which
family is now represented by Peter MacGregor, Esq., Surgeon to His Majesty
King George the Fourth.
The Genealogy of
the MacGregors of Raigmore is recorded in the Lyon Office, Edinburgh, and
dated 11th December, 1782.
3. John dhu
MacGregor, alias Sinclair, to be mentioned hereafter.
succeeded by his eldest son,
Macgregor alias Gordon of Roro, who, 24th February 1631, granted a
Renunciation of the lands of Roro in favour of Duncan Menzies of Comrie; but
Menzies having died without performing his part of the Agreement, MacGregor,
granted a second renunciation in favour of Alexander Menzies of Conxrie, son
of Duncan, and, at the same time, took a Wadset of the Mains of Roro in
security for £1000 Scots, being the balance due to him of the price of his
property at that date which the deeds themselves (which are recorded) bear.
alias Gordon and John dhu MacGregor alias Sinclair, his brother, signed a
bond and letter of Slaine, 22d May 1630, whereby they Decame bound for all
the Mao Gregors of their own House of Roro, to keep the peace with Robert
Buchanan of Leny, and his friends, on condition of the latter paying 1300
Merks as an assythment (compensation) for the Slaughter of Patrick and
Malcolm sons of Patrick Auloch MacGregor, and Donald son of Duncan Abrach
MacGregor, which sum had been agreed upon by Arbiters mutually chosen by the
John dhu Sinclair
had eight sons—
1. Gregor, who
married Margaret, eldest daughter of John M'Nab of MacNab, as appears from
their Marriage Contract dated at KinaJd 14th September 1655. The Bride's
Tocher was 800 merks Soots.
8. Patrick Roy.
aliaa Gordon of Roro married Catherine, daughter of Duncan Campbell of
Glenlyon, by whom he had several Children, amongst others—
1. Alexander, his
He was succeeded
by his eldest son.
who was killed at the Battle of Inverlochy, 2d February 1645, and was
succeeded by his Brother.
MacGregor of Roro, who along with Patrick MacGregor of that Ilk signed a
letter of Slaines 5th August 1645 approving of the agreement between the
Laird of Leny and Duncan and Gregor sons to Patrick Auloch MacGregor already
alluded to. This letter of Slaines and the bond already mentioned with
several other original papers referring to a feud between the MacGregors and
Buchanans are in the possession of
M.D., lenial Chief of the very Ancient Clan of Buchanan which is his
On 25th April
1673 Gregor obtained of Commissary John Campbell of Glendaruel a renewal of
the Mortgage Right of the Mains of Roro, the purchase money being the same
as in the transaction 1633, viz., £1,000 Scots.
Gregor married a
sister of Colonel James Menzies of Culdare. By this lady he had (besides two
Daughters, Anne married to John MacGregor lenial Ancestor of Sir Jivan John
Murray Mac-•Gregor of MacGregor, Bart., and Mary married to MacDonald of
Auchnacoichen) three sons—
1. Gregor, his
2. Duncan Roy, to
be mentioned in the Sequel.
3. Neil, who is
mentioned in a Bond of Cautionary 18th August 1679 and recorded.
MacGregor alias John Gordon of Roro succeeded his father. He burdened his
Estate considerably during the rebellion 1715, by eagerly espousing the
cause of the House of
married Beatrix, daughter of-predecessor of
her he had a son Duncan, in whose favour he conveyed all his property as
contained in the Wadset Right of the same by Disposition dated 14th March
1721 and recorded.
He was succeeded
by his son.
MacGregor alias Campbell of Roro, who joined Prince Charles Stewart in 1745,
and was in consequence so much e impoverished as to be under the necessity
of acting in the capacity of Glerk to his relation Tullybelton at Perth.
Before leaving the Highlands he borrowed a sum of money from his relation
John MacGregor at Lagfeam, and in security deposited the Wadset Right of
Roro, which Wadset was paid off by the Earl of Breadalbane, who obtained a
renunciation of the Mains of Roro 1st April 1760, signed by Duncan Campbell
alias MacGregor and others at Perth, where it is recorded.
Miss Isabella Foster, and dying 11th Septr. 1763, left by her two sons and
1st. Gregor, who,
going abroad., has not been heard of since 12th June, 1744, when he was on
board His Majesty’s Ship Captain at Spithead bound for India.
who was in the East India Company's Service. He has not been heard of since
26th October 1754.
Christiana died unmarried.
was married to Donald MacAndrew at Tynaline, to whom she had several
children. She died at Perth 4th June 1809.
We now return to
Duncan Roy, second son of Gregor No.
XI. Duncan Roy
Macgregor married Ann, daughter of Baron Macdearmed, Craignevie, m Glenlyon,
and had by her several sons—
1st. John, who
died in England without issue.
married — MacNab Breadalbane Lady.
XII. Hugh, second
son of Duncan Roy, married 1st Christian MacGregor (Roro), by whom he had
three sons and one daughter, all of whom died unmarried. He married 2dly
Christian Lothian, and had by her three sons—
3. James, who
married in 1795 Janet Mackay, daughter of John Mackay in Clyth, County of
Caithness, and purchased the Estate of Fonab in Atholl, 1819.
MacGregor, married 1st Miss Margaret M‘Intyre, sister of the Rev. Dr
M'Intyre, minister of Glenurchay, by whom he had one daughter. He married
2dly Janet M‘Donald (Glenlyon), and died in 1821, leaving by her two sons—
several daughters, the eldest of them, Margaret, is married to Mr M'Intyre,
MacGregor, Assistant Surgeon, 42d Regiment, * [and of Fonab, near Pitlochry.
doctor, died in 1875.
XV. Hugh, his
brother, would succeed; he was known as Eoghann Mor, and died 1880. He had a
XVT. Charles, who
lately had the Banavie Hotel.
The present Laird
of Fonab is a son of Margaret, dr. of Donald XIII. and Dr M‘Intyre of
Fortingall, and he resides in New Zealand or Australia].
[Appendix.—Renunciation of Roro.]
At Edinburgh the
Ellevint day of Junij the yeir of God Ini vjc threttie three yeirs the
renunciation vnder written wes producit be Andw. Darling wreitter in
Edinburgh and registrat in the buck's of generaH regisitre or Session
appoyntit for Registratioun of saisings reversiounes and vther predttis in
the 36 bulk thereof and in the lieffs following oonforme to the Act of
Parliament maid thairanent in Anno 1617 Quhairof the tennor follows. Be it
kend till all men be ther presentia lettres Mr Xhincan Gordon alias
MacGregor in Caanb^erich fforsamikle as Alexr. Menzies of Coanries be his
band and obligatioun sub-scryvefc with his hand the day and dait of ther
presents is bunden and obleist To content and pay to me and vtheris
specified in the said band vpoun the provisaounes and condi-tiounes at lenth
specified and conteinet thair in, all and haill the Sowme of ane thousand
Pundis money gude vsuall of this realm, as principal, togidder with the
sowme of ane hundreth Pundis as for the annuall of the samen yeirlie sua
lang as the said principall sowme remains unpayit togidder with the sowme of
Twa hundreth merks money of liquider expenses as the said band and
obligatioun mair fullie proportis, and als for vther pleasuris gratitudis
and gu’d deeds done by the said Alexr. Menzies to me befoir and at the tyme
of the making heiraf. Thairfoir Witt ye, me to have desponit transferrit
freelie re-nun ceit quytelamit and evergiven, lik as I be thair presents
dispones tranferres frielie renouncies quyte clames and over gives fra me my
hairs and assegnees and successouries kin and Fredndis 'dame and kyndnes and
right fra me or ony preceidand or suc-oeedand me to the possessioun of the
Lands of Roro all right tittle entres claim© of right kyndnes propertie
possessioun occu-patioun setting and using of the saidis landis of Roro with
the •pertinents by and in the Centre of Glenlyon and Sherrefdome of Perth In
and to the person of the said Alexr. Menzies his aires •executouris and
successouris my onlie cessioneris and assigneyis “thereto. And grantis and
confess myself lawfullie removit frae the samen and that the said Alexr. his
possessioun thairof is lawfull and never sal be cailit nor persuvit by me
nor my Aires nor be any otheris quhom I may stop or lett directlie by way of
ejectioun spuilzie wrongous intrusioun or any vther maner of way in any tyme
heirefter sumand and transferrand the samen fra me and my saidis aires and
all vtheris quhom I may stop or lett as saidis in the persone of the said
Alexr. Menzies and his foirsalidis togidder with all richt title entres
claime kyndres proppertie or possessioun petitor heritable or possessor
quhilk I may predecessouris or successouris haid to the samen landis with
the pertenantis in ony tyme heirefter Surrogattand and sub--Btitand thame in
me and my said aires our full richt and place of the samen forever. With
power to the said Alexr. Menzies and his foirsaidis to use lett or ocupy
sell and dispone the samen landis as his owne proper Landis and heret age in
tyme coming at his pleasuare. And for the saides Alexr. Menzies his, better
securitie I be their presentis faithfullie bindis and obleist me and my
Aires to renew this present dispositioun renunciatioun and translatioun or
quhatsamever rioht I can mak of the foir-saidis landis of Roro sua oft as
neidis beis ay and quhill the said Alexander find himself sure in the
premisses keep and always the substance above written and now as then and
then as now bindea and obleist me and my aires to warrant ther presentis fra
the facts and deids of me my saidis haires or any vtheris quhome I may stop
or lett directlie in tyme coming vnder the pane of perjurie and infamie lyke
as I obleis me and my Aires to ratifie and approve this renunciatioun in the
haill heids clauses Articles and Conditioun above written als oft as we sal
be requyrit thairto be the said Alexr. Menzies and his foirsaidis and for
the mair securitie I am content and consentis that this presentis be insert
and registrat in the buiks of Counsell and Sessioun, to have the strenth of
ane decreit of the Lordis thairof interponit thairto with all letteris and
execu-tonaJlis necessar to pass thairon, and the horning to be on an* simple
chairge of six dayes onlie and for that effect Constitutis
My lawfull pror.
quhairof written by Walter Dalgleish Notar publick. I have subscryvet ther
presentis with my hand at Ballich the 25th day of Apryle Im vjc threttie
thrie yeirs before ther witness Mongo Campbell fear of Laweris, Archibald
Campbell brother german to Sir James Campbell of Laweris knicht, Thomas
Mackie and Donald Stalker servitouris to Sir Colin Campbell of Glenurquhy
knight and fewder, I the said Duncan Gordoun dedaires heirby that ther
presentis sail naywayes be hurtfull nor derogative to an fomer renunciation
grantit be me to vnqle Duncan Menzies of Comries and his aires of the dait
the twentie fourt day of February the yeir of God Im vjc thret-ieine yeirs,
Bot rather in Corroboratioun of the samen quhilk I have subscryvet befoir
the foimamet Witnesses Sic Subr. Duncane Gordoun alias MacGregor above namet
with my hand at the pen led be the notaris vnder subscryvand at my command
becaus I cannot wredt myself. Ita est Walterius Dalgleishe Notarius pubhcus
de mandate dicte Duncane Gordoune alias MacGregor scribere nescien et
asseruet testemanie mea Ita est Joannes Balvaird connoturicis premisso etiam
Scribere* demandate dicti Duncane Gordoune alias MacGregor scribere ut
assericit nescien Test manumea M. Campbell witness, Alexander Campbell
Witness, Donald Stalker Witness, Thomas Maokie Witness.
MACGREGOR OF BALHALDIE.
Vallich, a younger son of Gregor MacGregor of Roro, had seven sons, of whom
Duncan M‘Inva!lich ” who as one of the principals of Clan Gregor and
descendant of Duncan Lienoch was 22d April 1601 proposed Party in Bail Bond
by Allaster M‘Gregor of Glenstiae to the Earl of Argyle, King’s Lieutenant,
in the Bond of Clan Gregor ; and had before 30th August 1603 taken the
Surname of Drummond. The latter circumstance appears from record of Privy
Seal of the last mentioned date in which he is called Duncan M‘Gregor alias
M‘In-valliah and now Drummond. His son Patrick Drummond alias M‘Invallich
appears in record (particular register of Sasines, Perthshire, 17th August
1617). Patrick purchased the Lands of Balhaldie 9th August 1642 and is
styled Patrick Drummond of Culcrieff. He died before 2nd July 1646, for at
this date, was “ John Drummond of Culcrieff,’’ his eldest son, retoured in
the “ Glebe and land of the Parish Church of Monzievaird called Hert with
the tythes.” To his Younger Son
III. To Duncan he
had given his more lately acquired estate of Balhaldie. On the 17th of March
1658 Duncan Drummond of Balhaldie heir 'Maill of John Drummond of Culcrieff
his brother german was retoured in the lands of Culcrieff within the
Parochin of Crieff, and Stewartrie of Stratheame, in the Glebe and Kirkland
of the Vicar of Monzievaird beside the Water of Turret, with teynd sheaves
of the said Glebe called Hert within the Stewartrie foresaid and in 16 acres
and 3 roods of land comprehending two tenements within the Burgh of
Abemethie and regalitie thereof.” On the 26th of July 1666 Duncan Drummond
of Balhaldie heir of Patrick Drummond his Father was retoured in the three
fourths of the lands of Bai-haldies otherwise Bohaddiee, two fifths cf the
said lands within the Parochin of Dunblane and Seneschal ship of Strathairti.
Duncan Drummond was succeeded by his son.
of Balhaldie is celebrated as a just and benevolent character, an improver
of his Paternal soil and oqiuoh esteemed and beloved. He had a ?~n and a
daughter. . The latter as stated in a late Memoir of the House of Drummond
married Ninian Drummond of Wester Glafisingall.
Drummond of Balhaldie who was re toured 6th March 1685 in the fourth part of
the lands and village of Sherdail called Craigheid with the half of the
grain M01 of Dolorshire commonly called Rack Mill in the Parish of Dolor and
regalitie of Dunfermline. He is designed Alexander Drummond of Balhaldie in
a safe conduct on the third of March the foregoing year by James Earl of
Perth Lord Drummond and Stobhall, Lord High Chancellor of Scotland, “ to
travel into the Kingdom of England and particularly to the City of London
aborut his lawful affairs.” This Voucher affords a presumption that Duncan
had by this time died.
On the 26th of
April 1686 Alexander Drummond of Bal-haldies married Margaret eldest
daughter of the renouned Sir Ewan Cameron of Lochyell knight oy Isabell
Daughter of Sir Lachlan M‘Lean of Dowart and Morven Baronet, Chief of the
M'Leans and Companion in Arms of the Great Marquies of Montrose. Lochyell
was the last of the Highland Chiefs who continued Active in James VII. s
attached to the Royal House of Stewart both from inclination and marriage
had received the following Mandate—
(Seal) “ James
James the Eighth
By grace of God King of Scotland, England France and Ireland Defender of the
Faith &c. We taking into our Royal consideration the constant and unshaken
Loyalty of our trusty and well beloved Alexander M‘Gregor of Balhaldie as
well as the eminent services done and performed by him to us on all
occasions from his early youth to an advanced old age of which we being
truly sensible are resolved to confer on him as a mark of our Special and
Royal favor the Title and precedency hereafter mentioned which after him
will we hope descend to our trusty and well beloved William MacGregor his
eldest son of whose loyalty and attachment to our Royal Person and cause we
have essential proofs by his signal services and indefatigable endeavours to
promote our Interest and service. Our Will and pleasure therefore is. That
Letters Patent pass under our great Seal of our Ancient Kingdom of Scotland
in due tod competent form Making and creating as we hereby make and create
the said Alexander M'Gregor a Knight and Baronet of out said Anaient Kingdom
of Scotland to have and to hold to him and the lawful Heirs male of his own
body with the pnvi-leges precedencies and other advantages thereunto
appertaining, in as full and ample manner as any other Knight and Baronet of
our said Ancient Kingdom holds and enjoys the same. And we hereby dispenoe
with all informalities (if any be) herein contained and ordain in the said
Letters Patent to pass thr great Seal of our said Ancient Kingdom of
Scotland pr. Saltum, without passing any other register or seal, and for so
doing this shall be a sufficient warrant. Given at our Court at Rome this
14th day of March 1740 in the thirty ninth year of our Reign.
(Signed) J. R.
M‘Gregor of Balhaldie had by his Lady Margaret Cameron issue six sons and
1st. William, his
2d. Margaret, who
bom 9th Septr. 1689, and married to Drummond of Colquhalzie issue two sons
that died unmarried and two •daughters Margaret married to — Young Esqr. and
by him mother of two sons, who died in France, and Mary Wife of Philip
Robertson to whom she brought three sans, John, Philip, Richard, and 3
daughters, Janet married to John Robertson Esqr. Merchant London, Margaret
to Robert Keith Esqr. of Granada, and Ann to Andrew Farquharson Esqr. of
Breda Aberdeen Shire.
4th. Ewan, named
after his Maternal Grandfather and died without issue as did his Brothers.
bom 3d March 1710 and married James Wright Esqr. of Loss, but died
11th. Donald, bom
12th Septr. 1713 was bred a Sailor and resided at Piteeapsy New York when
megrating with other Loyalists to Nova Scotia in 1782 he lost what property
he had acquired. He had married Miss Ann Grosbeak of New York and by her had
children, a Son, Alexander who died in the West Indies unmarried and five
1. Ann, married
to Lieut. M'Gibbon and mother of two sons Alexander and John and two
3. Mary, married
on Christmas 1781, the year before her family had left New York, to her
Paternal Cousin. German Alexander M'Gregor of Balhaldie.
married to Lieut. Dougald Campbell late of the 42d Regt. of Foot and mother
of three Sons Alexander, Patrick, Ludlow, and two daughters Jacobina and
married to Captain ML ean and mother of two sons and three Daughters.
Mrs Ann Grosbeck
relict of Donald Drummond Esqr. younger son of Alexander Drummond (properly
M‘Gregor) of Balhaldie died in 1818 aged 84. Alexander was succeeded by his
M‘Gregor of Balhaldie was born 8th May 1688. He had early in 1740 the year
in which his Father was created a Baronet carried to Rome an instrument
Signed by his Cousin german Donald Cameron of Lochyell and six others of
distinction who had thus solemnly bound themselves to endeavour in Arms the
restoration of the exiled House of Stewart. In this Service had William
M‘Gregor of Balhaldie Esqr. on the 23d of Deer. 1743 received the following
“ James R.”
James by tne
Grace of God King of Great Brittan France and Ireland Defender of the Faith
To our Trusty and
well beloved William M‘Gregor of Balhaldie Esqr. Greeting. We reposing a
Special Trust and confidence in your loyalty and good conduct—Do hereby
Constitute and appoint you to be a Colonel in our Service, and to take your
Rank in our Army as such from the date hereof. You are therefore carefully
and diligently to discharge the duty and trust of a Colonel aforesaid by
doing and performing every thing belonging thereunto. And we hereby require
all and Sundry, our Forces to respect and obey you as such, and yourself to
observe and follow all such orders, Directions, and commands as you shall
from time to time receive from us, The Commander in Chief of our Forces for
the time being, or any other your Superior Officer according to the rule and
discription of war. In pusuanoe of the Power and Trust hereby reposed in
Given at our
Court at Rome the 23d day of December 1743 In the 43 year of our Reign.
(Signed) J. R.”
When in 1745
Prince Charles had come to win his fathers Crown or perish . Lochyell with
his warriors joined his banner and when they had reached Dunblane his Royal
Highness lodged in the family Mansion of Balhaldie Lochyells Son in Law. The
appartment iised as the Royal Levee Room on the evening of the 11th and
morning of the 12th of Septr. had till lately remained as it was. It is now
modernized. The bed the Prince had slept in is preserved in the family of
Balhaldie. William M‘Gregor of Balhaldies had teen abroad since 1740 but the
habits in which Balhaldies had beien with the Chevalier de St George may be
estimated by the following Letter—
Rome, 3d December
I received last
week yours of the 4th Novr. 1 had already heard of Lochyells death it is a
loss to the cause, and I am truly concerned for it. If my recommendation to
the Court of France comes in time, and has its effect, Young Lochyell will
have his Fathers Regiment and on this and all other occasions I shall be
always glad to shew him the great sense I reatin of the merits of that
family. Poor Lochyell did not long out live his friend Lord Sempil in whom I
have also lest a very zealous subject and who had given many Proofs of his
being so, I wish I could have been able to be more kind to his family. But
the truth is my straits were never so great as they are now, and therefore I
cannot authorize you keeping up a correspondence the expences of which I am
not able to defray. The Prince in his present situation, can best judge of
what use it may be and I have always approved of what you do in that respect
by his directions. I desire Lochyells Lady his Brother and his Son may find
here my Compliments on their late loss which I sincerely share with them and
have nothing else to add at present but to assure you of my constant
kindness and regard tor yourself.
For Mr M‘Gregor.
(Signed) James R.
of Balhaldie had in 1757 married Janeb daughter of Lawrence Oliphant Esqr.
of Gask by whom he had one son his heir.
M'Gregor of Balhaldie was born 7th October 1758 and early entering the
British Army he had attained the Rank of Captain in the 65 Regiment of Foot,
when he died of Military fatigue in the West Indies in 1794 His Gallant
conduct at the capture of Martinique and Guadaloupe werei
mentioned in terms of high approbation in the general orders of the late Sir
Charles afterwards Earl Grey Commander iu those well knoiwn expeditions.
Balhaldies had on the 25th of December 1781 married his Cousin german Miss
Mary Drummond 3d daughter of Donald Drummond Esqr. of New York by whom he
had five sons and four daughters. He was succeeded -by his eldest son.
Oliphant M‘Gregar of Balhaldie, he had in 1796 when Fifteen received an
Ensigncy in the Regiment in which his Father had bravely fought and
honourably died. Having served fourteen years in India and obtained a
Majority in the 77th Regiment of foot. He died in 1810 leaving a Widow but
no children. He was succeeded by his Brother.
M‘Gregor of Balhaldie.. The 3d Brother Alexander, Assistant Commissary
General in the West Indies, had in February 1815 married Miss Charlotte
Houstoun of the Island of Tobago where he died 19th October 1821 without
leaving issue. 4th James, and 5 Robert Keith, both of them died young. Miss
Ann M'Gregor only surviving daughter of the late Alexander M‘Gregor of
Balhaldies married on the 5th April 1826 John Murray Esqr. of Liviland
Mansion in Dunblane has been sold several years, but the Estate of
Balhaldies distant four miles North East of Dunblane remains in the family.
Argent a sword
azure in bend dexter, a Fir Tree eradicated * proper in bend Sinister an
antique Crown with points . gules in chief and supported by the point of the
Sword . alluding to the constant loyalty of the McGregors.
Mottoes above the
crest “Srioghal mo Dhream,” i.e., “Royal is my Race,” on the Scroll below
the Shield “Ard Choille,” the war cry alluding to a place of that name, the
rendezvous of the M'Gregors in Glen Dochart.