Gregor Patrickson MacGregor (1460-1547)+Finvola Flora MacArthur Campbell (1410-)
Gregor Patrickson Macgregor was born 1460 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland.
And died 3-6-1547 • Glenorchy, Scotland. He is buried in Dysart.
He was the son of either John Macgregor of Glenorchy, or a Patrick Macgregor.
John Macgregor of Glenorchy, who died in 1390, is said to have had three sons; Patrick, his successor John Dow, ancestor of the family of Glenstrae, who became the chief of the clan; and Greogor, ancestor of the Macgregors of Roro. Patricks son, Malcolm, was compelled by the Campbells to sell the lands of Auchinrevach in Strathfillan to Campbell of Glenorchy, who thus obtained the first footing in Breadalbane, which afterwards gave the title of earl to his family. (http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/m/macgreg2.html)'
"If they rob us of name and pursue us with Beagles,
Give their roofs to the flame and their flesh to the Eagles;
Then Gather, Gather, Gather;
While there's leaves in the forest and foam on the river,
MacGregor, despite them, shall flourish forever!"
Tutor to Glenstrae and leader of the clan 1528-1545. Probably should have become the rightful chief of Clan Gregor in 1519 when Ian the Black died, but the Campbells promoted instead the chieftain of Clan Dougal Ciar.
Historyof the Clan Gregor: A.D. 878-1625 ByAmelia Georgiana Murray MacGregor, pg. 64
" 1547March 6. Death of Gregor Patrickson MacGregor in Glenurquhay at Aychinchechallan, and buried in Dysart.
In it has the following to say about him.
"XIV. Gregor Mor or the Great, second son of John MacGregor of that Ilk, to
whom his father gave the lands of Breachd-sliabh, commonly called Brackly, in
Glenurchy, with a numerous following of men.- He lived in the reigns of King
James III. and IV., and, grieved at the oppression of his family and friends, he
raised his men, and, making several successful expeditions against their enemies,
recovered possession of a large tract of country called Glen Lochy, the forest of
Corrychaick, the lands of Ardeonaig, and several others on the side of Loch Tay,
which his descendants enjoyed till the reign of James IV.
"Gregor took to wife Finvola or Flora, daughter to McArthur of Strachur, by a
daughter of the family of Argyll, ancestor of the present Colonel Campbell of
" By this lady he had four sons and several daughters.
1. Duncan, his heir.
2. Gregor, a captain of great reputation, who, having come to the south
country, performed several valiant actions against the English Borderers
in conjunction with his cousins the Griersons of Lag.
3. Malcolm, a man of great prudence and valour, famous for his dexterity in
all manly exercises, and in great esteem with Alexander, Earl of Mar, at
whose request he raised his patrimony from his brother, and acquired
the lands of Inverey, with several others in Brea-Mar, where he settled.
He married a daughter of Dougal Lamont of Stiolaig (by a daughter of
the family of Bute), by whom he had several children ; the eldest of
whom, Alexander, acquired the lands of Cherry, Killach, Dalcherz,
There are several good families, and some hundreds of commoners,
of this branch of the MacGregors in Brae-Mar and the adjoining countries
to this day ; but during the general persecution they lost their lands,
and betook themselves to several different names, as Ogilvies,
The MacArthur Clan:
Of the Macarthur Campbells of Strachur, the old statistical account of the parish of Struchur says: "This family is reckoned by some the most ancient of the name of Campbell. The late laird of Macfarlane, who with great genuius and assiduity had studied the ancient history of the Highlands, was of this opinion. The patronymic name of this family was Macarthur (the son of Arthur), which Arthur, the antiquary above mentioned maintains, was brother to Colin, the first of the Argyll family, and that the representatives of the two brothers continued for a long time to be known by the names of Macarthur and Maccaellein, before they took the surname of Campbell. Another account makes Arthur the first laird of Strachur, to have descended of the family of Argyll, at a later period, in which the present laird seems to acquiesce, by taking with a mark of cadetcy, the arms and livery of the family of Argyll, after they had been quartered with those of Lorn. The laird of Strachur has been always accounted, according to the custom of the Highlands, chief of the clan Arthur or Macarthurs". We have already quoted Mr Skene's opinion as the the claims of the Macarthurs to the chiefship of the clan Campbell; we cannot think these claims have been sufficiently made out.
Macarthur adhered to the cause of Robert the Bruce, and received, as his reward, a considerable portion of the forfeited territory of MacDougall of Lorn, Bruce's great enemy. He obtained also the keeping of the castle of Dunstaffnage. After the marriage of Sir Neil Campbell with the king's sister, the power and possessions of the Campbell branch rapidly increased, and in the reign of David II, they appear to have first out forward their claims to the chieftainship, but were successfully resisted by Macarthur, who obtained a charter "Arthuro Campbell quod nulli subjieitur pro terris nisi regi!.
In the reign of James I, the chief's name was John Macarthur, and so great was his following, that he could bring 1,000 men into the field. In 1427 that king, in a progress through the north, held a parliament at Inverness, to which he summoned all the Highland chiefs, and among others who then felt his vengeance, was John Macarthur, who was beheaded, and his whole lands forfeited. From that period the chieftainship, according to Skene, was lost to the Macarthurs; the family subsequently obtained Strachur in Cowal, and portions of Glen falloch and Glendochart in Perthshire. Many of the name of Macarthur are still found about Dunstaffnage, but they have long been merely tenants to the Campbells. The Macarthurs were hereditary pipers to the MacDonalds of the Isles, and the last of the race was piper to the Highland Society.
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