‘My Race is Royal’ is the proud motto of the MacGregors, with one ancient source recording that they descend from ‘Gregor’, a son of King Alpin.
From earliest times they were settled in West Highland territories that included The Trossachs, Loch Lomond, Loch Katrine, Rannoch and Balquidder.
They soon gained a reputation for lawlessness, raiding their neighbours’ livestock, but so adept were they at vanishing into the wilds after a raid to evade capture that they became known as the ‘Children of the Mist.’
A number of harsh punishments were meted out to them, including one edict that declared anyone who killed a MacGregor and produced his head as proof would be rewarded with his victim’s possessions, while even their very name was proscribed.
One of the clan’s most famous sons was the charismatic Rob Roy MacGregor, born in 1671, and his colourful lives and times along with those of his kinsfolk are chronicled here.