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There is no answer for what you want to know !!
I too have seen records which say " ----- ------, born ------- MACGREGOR "
The dash marks are where a last name was in use other than MacGregor !!!
It was hard to kill a book or a tombstone .
Part of the Prosciption 's legal effects were that real property could not
be held in the
MacGregor name , so at best , a split set of records exist from that time
Even in the USA , I have seen records that said , for example , James
-------. born James MacGregor !!
Without question , today there are Sinclairs , for example , who are
by bloodline but have 400 years of history under the name of Sinclair !!
All this makes Genealogical efforts much harder but it also seems that the
assumed name spelling was often much more consistent in a family line than
was the case where a name was an adopted one --not always the case , but not
Add the effect of the Clearances , and you have Highlanders being displaced
from Scotland to England thence to Ireland and then migrating to North
America . People find an ancestor coming from Ireland and are immediately
under the wrong impression that they have a link to Ireland whereas it was
only a boarding point for a ship to America .
There were also other name proscriptions in Scotland , for example , that of
the Clan RUTHVEN .
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