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Re: Any Caithness McGregor History ?
At 01:08 13/03/00 -0500, you wrote:
>I saw this posting on the Children Of The Mist Message Board and thought the
>Sinclair reference might prove of interest ??
And don't forget the greatest McGregor of them all: Rob Roy McGregor who made
more miraculous escapes than Houdini.
>Mon Feb 28 14:01:35 2000
>I wrote this for another list:
>Don't forget that McGregors had to change their names because of
>proscription - some ministers and session clerks were more fussy about
>recording the alias than others. Also it's clear that in the lowland areas
>of Scotland - right round the coast from Inverness down the east side
>Highlanders let alone McGregors were largely unwelcome, or viewed with
>suspicion. Undoubtedly many McGregors who went to the Lowlands with a
>changed name never changed back. The same would be true of cities.
>However in the Highland areas there was more likelihood of the McGregor
>name actually being kept.
>Early in the 17th century Mcgregors clearly fled north or were moved north
>by landowners - thus McGregors in Caithness in the 17th century were
>brought up by Sinclair to 'assist' him in dealing with troublemakers.
>Likewise in 1624 the Earl of Moray took McGregors to Morayshire for the
>same reason. The McGregors had strong ties with the Grants from way back
>and there are McGregors in Strathspey from at least the 1580s.
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