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A-Page 35.

Patrick Adholach or Aolach, second son of Duncan Ladosach, and brother of Duncan Aborach, was executed with Glenstray, January 1604. The numerous notices about his turbulent sons are here given consecutively; it is not known if any descendants are now living.

In 1605, Duncan and Patrick, the two elder sons, were "resetted" by McLarrane in Blarquharry. In 1606 the Earl of Argyle was cautioner for Patrick. In 1611 Allane McEan duy of Lochaber was charged to exhibit Duncan, Patrick, and Gregor the following January. On the 9th January 1612, they were denounced rebels, but on 12th February same year Livingstown of Westquarter became cautioner for Duncan and Allastair the third son. June 2nd, 1612, Duncan, Patrick, and Alexander, having taken the name of Livingstoune, obtained a remission. Duncan and Allastair, both living in Callander, July 1612, were charged with the slaughter of Robert Mcphatrik Oig in Strathyre. July 24th, same year, Balfour of Currie was surety for Donald and John Balfours, sons of Patrick Aldoch. Duncan and Patrick said to have been apprehended by Duncan the Tutor, October 1612. In 1613 Duncan was ordered to be exhibited by Westquarter, Patrick by Livingstoune of Belstane, Allastair by Westquarter, John by Pottischaw. Allastair was slain by John Buchannane before 1615, although his name is occa¬sionally mentioned erroneously later; his residence was Corriechrombie. In 1619, Carmichael was to search for Patrick, and the same year, it was alleged by Westquarter, Duncan's cautioner, that Duncan was tenant to "Sir Donald Gorm of Slait." This is the last mention of him, but he appears to have left a son Donald McGregour VicCondochie, slain at Leny in 1626; his widow was named Janet. Callum was charged with the slaughter of John Buchannan, February 1620, Patrick, John; and Donald said to have "broken loose," 1621. In December of that year, rewards were offered for the heads of Patrick and Donald. Both broke loose again in 1624. Patrick and Callum were slain at Leny, 1626. Patrick left two sons, Gregor and Patrick. Callum left a widow, Marjorie. Gregor and John are not mentioned latterly. Donald, the fourth son of Patrick Aolach, acted as head of the family after the death of his brothers, Patrick and Callum. Although on page 35 it has been assumed that this Patrick slain at Leny was legitimate, there is rather strong evidence against this assumption.-ED.

The following account of a raid by MacGregours on Leny Castle appears in the "Chartulary" under date 1626 (November), and explains the object of the conference which ended in a scuffle.

"The MacGregors plundered the lands of Lany ; when Lany Castle, situate on a small knoll on the river edge less than a quarter of a mile west of the village of Callander, was burnt by the Laird of Leny himself, who finding his lady had locked the gate and hid the key to prevent a sally on the invaders of his lands, set fire to the gate, the flames from which overspread and consumed the whole edifice."

"Information communicated by the Proprietor Francis Buchannan Hamilton M.D. of Lany and Bardowie 1828. The (subsequent) house of Lany built half a mile farther north, bore date 1688. The plundering of the Lands of Lany in November 1626 is evinced by the Lany Papers, Submission at Dunblane, 24 May 1628."

B.-Page 40.

KING CHARLES THE FIRST. First Parliament, ie. 1633, June 28.

30. Anent the Clan-Gregour.

Our Soveraigne Lord, and three Estates of this present Parliament understanding that albeit by the great care of his highness' umwhile dearest Father of eternal memory, the Clan-Gregour was suppresst & reduced to quietnesse; yet of late they art broken forth again to the heavie oppression of many of his Majesties good subjects, who dwell near to the part where they resort, & specially in the Sherriffdoms of Perth, Sterling, Clackmannan, Monteith, Lennox, Angus and Mernes, Therefore for the timeous preventing of the disorder, & oppression that may fall out by the said name and Clan of MacGregour, & their followers, & for farther suppressing of them Ratifie & approve all Acts of Council & Acts of Parliament made & granted heretofore, against the said wicked & rebellious Clan of MacGregour, And further, his Majesty & Estates of Parliament, statute & ordaine, that the said name of Clan Gregour, & every one of them as they come to the age of sixteen yeares, shall hereafter yearly give their compearance before the Lords of Privie Councel, upon the twenty fourth day of July, if it be a lawful Councel day; and failyieing thereof the next Councel day thereafter & there find caution for their good behaviour & obedience in all time coming; And to take to them some other surname, conform to the Acts of Councel alreadie made thereanent; And if they faile in not compearance, as said is, & go to the Horn, that then it shall be lawful to any of his Majesties Lieges, to take and apprehend them, & present them to the Sheriff of the Shire, or his Deputes, to the effect they may he presented before the Lords of the Privie Councel, there to be taken order with as effeiris. And if it shall happen any of his Highoesse' good subjects in taking any of the said Clan-gregour, being put to the Horn as said is, to hurt, mutilate or slay any of them, the partie who shall happen so to do, & their complices, shall no wayes be subject nor lyable to Law therefore, nor ineurre any paine or skaith in body or goods, & shall be free of all pursuit criminal or civil to be intended against them, at the instance of his Highnesse' Advocate, or any other partie: But the same shall be holden & repute as good service done to his Majesty. And further our said Soveraigne Lord, & Estates foresaid fur the better extinguishing & extirpating of the said wicked & lawlesse Limmers: Statute & ordains that no Minister nor Preachers within the bounds of the Highlands, or next bordering countreys thereto, Bamffe, Inneres, or regalitie of Spynie or Elgin, Forres, shall at any time hereafter baptize & christen any male childe with the name of Gregour, under the paine of deprivatiun, & that no Clerke or Notar in any time coming, shall make or subscribe any band or other securitie under the name of Gregour, or MacGregour, under the paine of deprivation. And siklike, statute & ordaine that all & what so ever of the said Clan-Gregour, that shall happen to bee within the said Kingdoms, upon the fifteenth day of March next to come, shall give their compearauce before the Lords of privie Councel at Edinburgh, or where it shall happen them to bee for the time, or the next Councel day thereafter, To the effect that such of them as have alreadie found caution, & whose cautioners are dead, may finde new caution for their good behaviour in time coming. And such of them who have never found caution, may finde caution & suretie for their obedience in time coming, with certification to them if they doe not compeare, & that the Lords of the privie Councel, for their disobedience, shall direct letters of horning against them, or any of them, & that they therefore be put to the horne; that then it shall he lawful to any of his Majesties good subjects to take & apprehend them, where ever they may bee had, and put them to the next Sheriffs, Stewart, Bayliffe of regalitie, or their deputes; To any of the Justices of peace or to the Provest & Bayliffes of Burrowes to the effect they may present them before the Lords of his Majesties privie Councel, that such order may bee taken with the said rebels, as the said Lords shall thinke expedient And farther, our said Soveraigne Lord declares, that if any of his Highnesse good subjects shall happen in taking of the saids rebels, to hurt, mutilate, or slay any of them; the partie who shall happen so to doe, & their complices, shall no wayes be subject nor lyable to law therefors, nor incurre any paine or skaithe in their bodie or goods, & shall be free of all persute criminal or civil, to be intended against them, at the instance of his Highnesse Advocate, or any other partie; But the same shall be holden as good service done to his Majestie. And likewise, his Majestie & Estates foresaids, statute & ordaine that if any of the said Clan-Gregour, who shall happen to have compeared, & found caution in manner above-specified, be found masterlesse in time coming, having neither possessions nor callings, whereupon to live, nor will not take them to service, That it shall bee lawful to any of his Highnesse good subjects, to take & apprehend, & present them to the nixt Sherife, Stewart, Bayliffs of Regalitie, & their deputes, or to the Provest & Bayliffes of Burrowes; & that they may present them to the Lords, & others of his Highnesse Councel, there to bee taken order with, as they thinke meete. And sicklike, his Majestic & Estates of Parliament, statute & ordaine, That if any of the said Clan.Gregour shall happen to be put to the horne by letters of horning direct against them by the Lords of Councel, for the cause above-written: And that publication bee made thereof by the saids Lords, to all his Majesties Lieges, & at all places needful That then whatsoever person or persons shall receave, supply or inter¬commoun with the saids rebels, or any of them, or supply them with meats, drink, lodging, or weapons, directly or indirectly, or any other necessaries, shall be punished in their bodies, goods & gears, as intercommunens with rebels & somers, conform to the laws of this Kingdom against intercommuners & somers. And also his Majesty, with consent of the Estates foresaids, statutes & ordaines & commands all Sheriffs, Stewarts, Provests, Bayliffes of Burrowes, & Regalities, & all & sundrie his Majesties good subjects, to assist & concurre with any of his Highness good subjects who shall happen to be in persute of the saids rebels; And sicklike statutes & ordaines the said Provests, & Bayliffes of Burrowes, and Bayliffes of Regalitie to receive from the hands of his Highnesse good subjects, the said rebels, who shall happen to be apprehended by them in manner foresaid, put, keeps, & deteine them in sure ward & firmance, aye & while they be presented before his Majesties Councel or Justice. And lastly, his Majestic & Estates foresaids, for suppressing of the said lawlesse limmers & Clan of MacGregour nominate & appoints the Sheriffes of the Sheriffdomes of Perth, Dumbartane, Angus, Memes, Sterling, & Stewarts of Stewartries of Stratherne, Menteith, Bamife, Innernesse, Elgin, & Forres, & their deputes, & the Sheriffe of Cromartie & his deputes, & the Provests & Bayliffes of the Burrowes there. The Earles of Errole, Montrose, Athol, Perth, Tullibairdin, Seafort, Viscount of Stormonth, Lord Ogilvie, The Lairds of Glenurquhy, Lawers, Garntullie, Weymes, Glenlyon, Glenfalloch, Edinampil, Grant, or any of them, his Majesties Justices in that part, for setting, trying, & doing Justice upon the saids rebels of Clan-Gregour, or any of them & their complices, who shall be apprehended by any of his Highnesse good subjects; for theft; sorning or slaughter, with power to them to hold Courts, proceed & minister Justice upon the saids rebels apprehended, as said is, as accords. And wherever his Majesties good subjects shall happen to apprehend any of the said rebels sorning, committing theft or slaughter, & shall present them to the saids Lords of Councel, Justice or Justice-general, or Commissioners above specified, or either of them-the doer of that service, shall have for his reward, the moveable goods & geare of the offender, taken & presented by him in manner foresaid.

B 2.-Page 50. Line 10 from bottom of page.

Although no reference letter has been printed on page 50 the following curious anecdote relating to this period is here given, quoted from the "Highland Note Book," by Dr Robert Carruthers, M.D., who states that a dinner was given at Doune to the Commissioner of the Earl of Moray's estates, on a date not mentioned.

"He attended this rural festivity, through the courtesy of the Gentlemen acting at Stewards; the Chair was taken by Mr MacGregor of Glengyle. . . . As illustrating the ancient connection between the MacGregors and the noble family of Moray, the following anecdote was related: 'At a time when the Chief and his Clan were in their severest extremity, proscribed by Government, the Earl exerted himself to obtain redress for them. As a proof of his confidence, he employed the Chief to go to Inverness-shire to overawe some of his tenants who had refused to pay their rents. MacGregor took 11 bold fellows of his Clan, and succeeded in his object, believing that after such a service his pardon would be granted. At Aberfeldie on their way homewards an officer of the King's troops arrogantly demanded why MacGregor's Men wore clayrnores by their sides and pistols at their belts; a scuffle ensued, and one of the Highlandens laid the "Sirdir derg" or red soldier dead at his feet. MacGregor saw the fatal encounter and hurried on his Clansmen. At Killin they were surrounded by a party of the Military, and had to cut their way through a superior force. They reached Donibristle, the seat of the Earl of Moray, but the unfortunate affray at Aberfeldie paralysed the Earl's endeavours to procure a pardon for the Clan Gregor. Soon afterwards however the happy day arrived. Lord Moray became Chancellor of Scotland, and obtained a full and free pardon for the proscribed Sept; and still further to mark his sense of the obligations conferred on him by Glengyle the Chief, he bestowed on him and his heirs for ever the Farm of "Bridge of Turk," on which very farm the venerable brother of their Chairman, Mr MacGregor the Chief and Representative of the ancient Clan Alpine then resided."'

Like many another tale of the kind this anecdote is incorrect except in one or two points. Referring to page 50, it is there stated that Glengyle together with Roro commanded 300 MacGregors whom the Earl Moray took to the North in 1624, and that in satisfaction with Glengyle's conduct the Earl gave him the Farm of Bridge of Turk, which is an acknowleged fact, but Glengyle was only chief of his own house; the Chief of the Clan at that time was "Gregor of that Ilk" styled "Laird of MacGregor" who made an inroad into Frendraught's lands I630 - see pagc 38. There is no evidence to disprove the account of the affray at Aberfeldie or Killin, two places curiously out of the road from Morayshire to Donibristle, except the doubt whether any regular soldiers were likely to he quartered in those parts at that period, but what is certain is that the Chancellor Moray never had a hand in procuring a pardon for the Clan Gregor which was not given till an act of the first parliament of King Charles II., April 1661. On the contrary, a specially strong act reviving all previous acts against the clan was passed in June 1633.-ED.

C.-Page 57.

G1LDEROY. [1]  
Gilderoy was a bonny boy,
Had roses till his shoon;
His stockings were of silken soy,
Wi garters hanging doun.
It was, I ween, a comelie sight
To see sae trim a boy
He was my joy, and heart's delight,
My handsome Gilderoy.

o sic twa charming een he had!
Breath sweet as any rose:
He never ware a highland plaid,
But costly silken clothes.
He gain'd the luve of ladies gay,
nane eer to him was coy;
Ah wac is me, I mourn the day
For my dear Gilderoy.

My Gilderoy and I were born
Baith in ae toun together;
We scant were seven years beforn
We gan to luve ilk ither:
Our dadies and our mainies thay
Were fill’d wi mikle joy,
To think upon the bridal day
Of me and Gilderoy.

Far Gilderoy, that luve of mine
Gude faith, I freely bought
A wedding sark of Holland fine,
Wi dainty ruffles wrought;
And he gied me a wedding ring
Whilk I receiv'd Wi joy:
Nae lad nor lassie e'er could sing
Like me and Gilderoy.

Wi mickle joy we spent our prime
Till we were baith sixteen,
And aft we past the langsame time
Amang the leaves sae green:
Aft on the banks we'd sit us thair,
And sweetly kiss and toy;
While he wi garlands deck'd my hair,
My handsome Gilderoy.

Oh that he still had been content
Wi me to lead his life
But, ah, his manfu heart was bent
To stir in feats of strife.
And he in many a venturous deed
His courage bauld wad try;
And now this gars my heart to bleed
For my dear Gilderoy.

And when of me his leave he tuik,
The tears thay wat mine ee:
I gied him sic a parting luik
"My benison gang Wi thee!
God speed thee weil mine ain dear heart,
For gane is all my joy;
My heart is rent, sith we maun part,
My handsome Gilderoy."

My Gilderoy, baith' far and near,
Was fear'd in every toun;
And bauldly bare awa the geir
Of mony a lawland loun.
For man to man durst meet him nane,
He was sae brave a boy;
At length wi numbers he was tane,
My winsome Gilderoy.

Wae worth the louns that made the laws
To hang a man for gear;
To reave of life for sic a cause
As stealing horse or meir!
Had not their laws been made sac strick
I neer had lost my joy;
Wi' sorrow neer had wat my cheek
For my dear Gilderoy.

Gif Gilderoy had done amiss,
He ought hae banisht been;
Ah what. fair cruelty is this,
To hang sic handsome men
To hang the flower o Scotish land,
Sae sweet and fair a boy
Nae lady had sae white a hand
As thee, my Gilderoy.

Of Gilderoy sae fear’d they were,
Wi irons his limbs thay strung;
To Edinborow led him thair,
And on a gallows hung.
They hung him high aboon the rest,
He was sae bauld ahoy;
Thair dyed the youth wham I lued best,
My handsome Gilderoy.

Sune as he yielded up his breath
I bare his corse away,
Wi tears, that trickled for his death,
I wash'd his comelie clay;
And siker in a grave right deep
I laid the dear lued boy
And now for ever I maun weep,
My winsome Gilderoy.

D.-Page 116-120.

Remarks on the names of MacGregors charged to keep the peace, August 28th, 1649.

In the previous century, the lists of names were much more complete, and a new generation having grown up since the executions after Glen¬fruin, It is difficult to trace the parentage of the individuals here cited.

No. 1. Ardtrostan is at the west end of Loch Earn, near Dundurn. John Dow Drummond was evidently one of the Dundurn family, as also Nos. 2, 3, 4, Gregor McGrigor In Ardtrostan is mentioned on page 307.

Nos. 77, 78, 79 are stated as in Dundurn.

Nos 6, 7. The Glenleidnoch family descended from Patrick McCondachie son of Duncan M'Coull Ciar in Innerzeldie; they are frequently mentioned in Vol. I.; 8 and 9 belong to the same group.

Nos 12 and 13. Not identified. Tullibannecher is near Comrie. Dalveich is on the northern shore of Loch Earn, at the entrance to Glenbeich. The first thirteen on list were on the Earl of Perth's ground.

Nos 14, 15, 16. In Glenalmond. No.14 must have been a descendant of Allaster Galt, brother of Gregor Roy nam Bassan gheal.

17. Not identified.

18, 19. Not identified.

20. As a Malloch, he must have been of the same family as Balhaldies.

21. Malcolm MacGregor, son of Duncan McEwan the Tutor, and himself Tutor to the children of the late Patrick, Laird of MacGregor.

22. Ewin or Hugh, brother of the above, first proprietor of Kilmanan.

23. Great-grandson of Allaster Pudrach, in Balquhidder, through his son Ewin, mentioned in Vol. I., pages 261, 277.

24. In Vol. I., page 339, it is mentioned that Robert McColl, in 1604, with his sons John, Malcolm, and Patrick, had changed his name to Buchannan; he was a son of Allaster McRobert Moir in Strathyre; also at page 348 Duncan McRobert changcd his surname to that of Dougall; VcCole is evidently VcCoull; thus Donald and his "four brethren" appear to have been of this Strathyre family.

26 and 27. John Dhu McGillespie in Ardlaraich, alive 1655, page 217, and Donald, his brother, page 218.

28. Not identified.

29 to 34. Not identified, but all lived in Fernan on Loch Tay side. [2]  

35, 36, 37. Not identified, they lived at Culdrye. [3]  

38. In 1630 Duncane McEan Dow McPaul is mentioned in a list of broken men going about Monteith and Strathearn, see page 32. A Duncan McEandowie, under the Laird of Enzie, is mentioned in 1614. Vol.1., page 428. [4]  

41, 42. Gregor McEandowie is mentioned as:" Household man to the Laird of MacGregor in 1634, page 44. Most of the VcAlasters belonged to Ardlaraich.

43, 44, 45. Belonged to Glenlyon, do not appear to be mentioned elsewhere.

46. Gregor IX., son of the Duncan who sold Roro. The genealogies do not mention a brother Ewin, but he had a nephew of the name.

48, 49, 50. These McGillichallums may have been of the Leragan family or of the Dougal Ciar family, but their names do not fit in.

51, 52, 53. In Vol. I. several Neills and McNeills are mentioned about Loch Tay, these probably belong to the same family.

54. Gregor McCondochie VcEan, in Aulish 1622, is mentioned, Vol. I., page 447, and a McConneill VcEan Roy in Chamchorrone in 1618.

55. Not identified.

56, 57. See 95.

58. Duncan Riach, or Duncan MacChallum Bain in Aulich, see page 240.

63. Patrick V., of Dunan, who was styled "Patrick MacDhonch Mhic¬Ian-duibh" in Dunan in Rannoch.

68. Patrick, 63, had a son Neil.

69, 72. Several of the name of Clerach are mentioned in Vol. I., but these cannot be identified with them.

73, 74. "Duncan McRobert Abroch in Summar, under Sir Donald Campbell of Ardnamurchane in 1637 is mentioned at page 72.

80, 81. Both in Balquhidder, not identified.

82 to 86. Not identified.

87. Duncan Riach of the Learagan family was well known, the genea¬logies do not mention a son Patrick, but it is evident that this Gregor was Duncan Riach's grandson.

89 to 92. The Strathspey family have not been traced, they appear to be connected with Duncan Riach.

93, 94. Descendants of Patrick Aulach.

95. Compare 56, 57. There is also 121, 127, 128, 132, 138 to 142, all of the House of Dougal Ciar. 95 appears to be Malcolm oig McGregor IV., alive 1630, the date of whose death is not known, but the lists give him nine sons, whilst the genealogies only mention two, see page 256. No.127 was styled in Kyleter, see pages 128, 255, 260. Gregor, or John, in Innerlochlarich, see page 260. No.132 probably was Malcolm, son of Dougal 127, see page 260. 138 Gregor, a son, a Chnoic brother of 95. His four sons are not known in the genealogies. 143, son of 127, probably identical with 132.

96, 97. Not identified.

98. Of the Pudrach or Balquhidder family.

99. Not traced; residence at Innervic in Glenlyon.

100, 101. Not identified.

102. Of the Dundurn family.

103. May be a repetition of No.9.

106. May be a repetition of No. 16.

107. There were Patricks in the second branch of Ardlaraich, but in the Genealogy no dates are given.

108, 109, 110. Not traced. Not MacGregors apparently till 121.

The other MacGregors are chiefly of the house of Dougal Ciar, except 133 not traced.-Ed.

E.-Page 169.

Letter about Gilbert McAlpin alias John McGrigor’s pistol, 1679, from the Collections of David Smythe, Esqr of Methven.

"To the Lady Meffene These
Beeing informed that your ladishipe has ane pistol of Gilbert McAlpin's in keeping since he was aprehended in Meffene, and that ye haue no stop in delivering It but to be assured that my oye (grandson) shall not ask for it any more, therfor these are desiring the favor of your lap: as to deliver the pistoll to the bearer John McGrigor and you shall never be sought for it no more, which is all at present from Madam
your very humble Serv'
Glentendill Alex' Campbell
the 22 of October 1679
Endorsed "Letter Alexr Campbell of Glentindell for John McGrigors pistoll '79."

F-Page 184.


It is a well-known fact that in the anxiety of the Privy Council of Scotland to hunt down the Clan Gregor, they directed that bloodhounds should be employed.

Amongst the relics belonging to Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor at Edinchip is a gun bearing an oval silver plate with the following inscription:-
"This is the Fuzee with which the last of the Blood-Hounds used for tracking the MacGregors is said to have been killed!
It afterwards belonged to the celebrated and heroic Lord Viscount Dundee."

How this weapon came to be in the possession of Viscount Dundee is not explained, but it is said that the dog was shot by "Malcolm IV. in Glengyle," [5]   on the slope of the hill at the N.W. corner of Loch Earn, facing the hotel, and just at the entrance to Glen Ogle, which hill will be found marked on the Ordnance Maps-" Meall a Mhadaidh, or Hill of the Dog, from Meall, hill; and madadh, a dog or any wild animal of the dog species.”

G.-Page 228.


Recorded in the Particular Register of Sasines for the County of Perth,
1st April 1760:-
At Perth the first day of April 1760 the discharge, renunciation and Grant of Redemption under Written, being presented by Duncan Robson Writer in Perth betwixt the hours of 9 & 10 forenoon is Registrate on the 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, & 105 leaves of the foresaid Register whereof the tenor follows viz. Be it known to all men by these presents me Duncan Campbell late MacGregor sometime designed of Mains of Roro now Residenter in Perth eldest son of John Gordon alias MacGregor in Roro deceased who was the eldest son of Umqle Gregor MacGregor in Roro with consent Of Ann Campbell Relict of John Campbell of Roro as Factor for Robert Campbell only lawful son in life of the said deceased John Campbell and heir served and Retoured to the deceased Archibald Campbell of Roro his elder Brother German the …… Conform to Factory dated the 19th day of Jan'y and Registrate in the Books of Session the 18th Sep. 1759 years with power to the effect after mentioned for all Right, Title, Interest or Concern which the said Robert Campbell for himself or as representing the said deceased Archd Campbell his Brother German had has or might any ways claim or pretend in or to the Wadsett Right hereafter renounced, and I the said Ann Campbell as Factor forsaid for and in name and behalf of the said Robert Campbell my son for any right Competent to him as aforesaid and also with advice and consent of John Robertson in ……. Eldest son and representative of the deceased Donald Bain Robertson in Balnain formerly in Fernan, Alex. Menzies in Camuserochmore of Rannoch Eldest Son and Representative of the deceased Alex. Menzies there, Duncan McAlpin alias Menzies eldest son and Representative of the deceased Euan Murray alias Menzies in Aird of Glenlyon, John Menzies in ….. eldest son and representative of Ewan Menzies in Camuserochbeg formerly in Dunans, John McNab in Roro formerly in lands of Moness, and Donald Campbell in Glenlochay and me the said John Robertson and the other persons last above named, for ourselves and for all right, title, Interest, Claim, Trust, or Concern, which we or any of us or our Respective predecessors above mentioned had or might have, or pretend, in and to the wadsett or heritable Bond and Subjects therein contained and hereafter Renunced in any sort and all of us with mutual advice, consent and assent and taking burden as aforesaid for our respective rights and Interest as above: Forasmuch as by contract of Wadsett past betwixt Commissary John Campbell of Glenderuel, then heritable proprietor of the Lands and others underwritten and Gregor McGregor in Roro [6]   on the one and other parts dated the 24th and 25th days of April 1673 years the said Commissary John Campbell in consideration of the sum of £1000 Scots advanced and paid to him by the said Gregor MacGregor, Sold, Annalzied and disponed to the said Gregor MacGregor his heirs and Assignies, heritably under the reversion therein mentioned All and Haill the just and equal half Lands of the Forty shilling Land of the Mains of Roro, with the equal half of the Houses, biggings, Yards, Tofts, Crofts, Parts, Pendicles, and pertinents thereto belonging together with the grazing and shealling of Glencarr of Achavore according as the same is meithed and marched, reserving always to the Tenants of the Two Mark Land of the Miln town of Roro, their accustomed proportional parts of the said Grazings of Glencarr of Auchavore all lying within the Barony of Menzies, Country of Glenlyon Parish of Weem, and Sheriffdom of Perth & then occupied & possessed by the said Gregor MacGregor & his subtenants as the said Contract of Wadsett containing obligement to infeft clause of Reversion on payment of the said sum of £1000 Scots and obligement to pay the said Wadsett sum on Requisition with £150 Scots of expenses in case of faillie with a Renunciation of all compt and reckoning for the superplus rent Precept of Sasine to be holden of the Reverser; and several other clauses and conditions & containing £150 Scots of mutual penalty more fully bears, And by heritable Bond granted by the said Commissary John Campbell & Cautioner after named of date the said 25th of April 1673 years upon a recital of a Bond and obligation granted by the deceased Alexander Menzies of Comrie, as principal and Mungo Campbell fiar of Lawens as cautioner to Umqle Duncan Gordon alias MacGregor in Camuserich and his children and heirs therein mentioned for the sum of £1000 Scots of principal 200 Marks of liquidate Expences in case of faillie & annual rent during the not payment, the said Duncan and his foresaids always performing the Conditions prestable on their part by the said obligation which is dated the 25th day of April 1633 years, & that he the said Commissary John Campbell had acquired the irredeemable right of the whole Lands of Roro and pertinents with the burden of payment of the said sum of £1000 Scots contained in the said obligation and that the said Gregor MacGregor designed Tenant in the Lands of Roro Second lawful Son of the said Duncan Gordon alias MacGregor and second person of the Tailzie Nominate in said Bond & to whom the progress of the Samen Tailzie the said principal sum and annual rents thereof had now accressed and befallen had of that date corroborated the Renunciation therein mentioned granted by his father, to said Alexander Menzies, of all right and kindness to the Lands of Roro in favors of the said Commissary Campbell as now heritor of the lands, therefore the said Commissary John Campbell became bound as principal, and with him Sir James Campbell of Lawers as Cautioner in Corroboration of the obligation above mentioned to make good and thankful payment, to the said Gregor Macgregor and the Heirs Male of his body, whilks failing to his other nearest heirs and Assignies whatsoever of All and Hail I the said principal sum of £1000 money foresaids with the ordinary annual rent therefore conform to Law yearly and termly, and that against any Term of Martinmas they should please to require the samen at, upon the Requisition therein mentioned with the said sum of 200 Marks Scots of Liquidate Expenses in case of Failzie, contained in the said principal Bond and the ordinary annual rent of the said principal sum after said Term of Payment, so long as the samen should remain unpaid, the said Gregor MacGregor and his foresaids, always at such payment performing all the obligements and prestations expressed in, and incumbent on them by the said original Bond which is thereby corroborated by them, on these terms by the said Com¬missary John Campbell as come in vice and place of the said Alexander Menzies and for the said Gregor MacGregor and his foresaids their farther security anent the payment making to them of the said principal sum and annual rent thereof yearly and termly, always upon the terms and conditions above exprest. the said Commissary John Campbell bound and obliged him, his heirs and successors, duly and sufficiently to infeft and seize the said Gregor MacGregor and his foresaids in all and haill an yearly annual rent of Three score pounds Scots money Corresponding to the said principal less or more conform to the Laws for the time yearly to be forthcoming, uplifted and uptaken at two terms in the year Whitsunday and Martinmas in Winter by equal portions forth of All and haill the equal half Lands of the Forty shilling Land of the Mains of Roro lying within the said Barony of Menzies and Sherifdom of Perth foresaid with the Houses, Biggings, Yeards, Tofts, Crofts, Grasings and pertinents thereto belonging to be holden blench of the said Commissary John Campbell and his foresaids in manner therein expressed as the said Heritable Bond containing obligation to grant Charters and others in ample Form, Clause of absolute, Warrandice, Clause of Redemption on payment of the said sum of £1000 Scott in manner therein mentioned, and upon the conditions therein expressed with discharge of all Acts for Retention Compt and Reckoning, and a clause bearing that the said Commissary John Campbell besides uplifting in the annual rent above mentioned had entered and possessed the said Gregor and his subtenants in his name to the actual and peaceable possession of the said Lands with the per-tinents and to the uplifting the mails and duties thereof during the not Redemption with power to them in compensation and satisfaction of the said yearly annual rent yearly to uplift the said Mails and duties of the said half lands, sett, Raise, output and input tennants yerin at their pleasure with absolute Warrandice but the said possession should infer no other Right or title to the said Lands but only for the said annual rent together with a precept of Sasine and several other clauses more fully bears: By Virtue of which Contract of Wadsett and Heritable Bond and Precepts of Sasine respectively therein contained, the said Gregor MacGregor was duly infeft in the said Wadsett Lands and in the said yearly annual rent Conform to the two Instruments of Sasine taken thereon both dated the 18th and Registrate in the particular Register of Sasines at Perth the 19th days of July said year 1673: And whereas I the said Duncan Campbell MacGregor have now Right to the haill premisses and stand infeft and seized in the said Wadsett Right and yearly annual Rent above specified in virtue of a precept of Clare Constat granted by John Earl of Breadalbane the Superior for infefting me in the said Wadsett Lands with the grazings and pertinents above mentioned as nearest and lawful heir to the said deceased Gregor MacGregor my Grandfather, and for infefting me at nearest lawful heir male to him in the yearly @ rent above written, upliftable as aforesaid under Redemption as above, Conform to the said precept of Clare Constat dated the ………… and my instruments of Sasine following thereon dated the ……and Registrate ………as in the said several Writes more fully is contained: And now seeing the said John Earl of Breadalbane has at the term of Marts: last 1759 years by the hands of John Campbell of Achallader his Chamberlane, made payment to me the said Duncan Campbell MacGregor at the sight and with concurrence of the other persons above named, consenters hereto of the ahove sum of £1000 Scots money contained in the said Wadsett Right and of the said like sum of £1000 Scots contained in the Heritable Bond above recited in order to the Redemption of the premisses of which sums I acknowledge the Receipt and that all the @ rent falling due on the above sums, are compensated, satisfied & paid by possession of the said Lands & others above mentioned.

Therefore Witt ye me the said Duncan Campbell MacGregor as having right in manner above specified with consent of the other persons above named, & they for themselves & taking burden as aforesaid for all right title or Interest competent to them or either of them or their foresaids in manner above expressed, Not only to have discharged as we the said Duncan Campbell & the other persons above named with mutual advice & Consent as aforesaid hereby exoner and discharge the said John Earl of Breadalbane his Heirs & Successors & all concerned of the said sum of £1000 Scots of principal & liquidate penalty above mentioned specified & contained in the Contract of Wadsett above recited and of the said like sum of £1000 Scots of principal 200 Marks of liquidate penalty obliged therefor & @ rents thereof at all time bygone contained in the said Heritable Bond of Corrobora¬tion & original Bond thereby corroborated & of the said Wadsett right & original Bond & Bond of Corroboration themselves and Rights & Conveyances thereof above mentioned whole heads, clauses & effect thereof with all that has or might be competent to follow thereon for ever, but also to have renounced as we with mutual advice & consent for our respective Rights & Interests & taking burden as aforesaid hereby renounce quit claim & simpliciter over give to & in favour of the said John Earl of Breadalbane and his Heirs Male and of Tailzie and successors succeeding to him in the Estate and Earldom of Breadalbane whereof the lands and others above mentioned are a part, All and Haill the said just and equal half of Lands of the Forty Shilling Lands of the Mains of Roro, with the grazings and pertinents above mentioned all lying as aforesaid as also the said yearly @ rent of £60 or other @ rent effeiring to the said principal sum of £1000 Scots yearly to be uplifted and taken in manner foresaid furth of the other equal half lands of the said forty shilling Lands of the Mains of Roro with the pertinents lying as afore¬said, together with all right, title, Interest, claim of right, property or possession that we or any of us, or our predecessors or Constituents respectively had, have or anyways might have claim, or pretend to the said Wadsett Lands and yearly annual rent or any part or portion thereof in time coming and we hereby grant and acknowledge the same to be duly and lawfully redeemed by the said Earl from me the said Duncan Campbell MacGregor, and the other persons named for their Interest for making payment as aforesaid of the sums of money above written and we declare the said Lands with the pertinents to be fully freed and disburthened of the said Wadsett right and heritable Bond respectively and loosed and outquit thereof in all tyme coming and of the Infeftments aforesaid taken thereon following thereupon in the same Manner and as fully and freely in all respects as if the same had never been made nor granted and for the more effectual extinction thereof I Duncan Campbell MacGregor foresaid with consent foresaid do hereby constitute and ordain …………………… And each of them conjunetly & severally my very lawful, undoubted & irrevocable Prors for me and in my name to resign, surrender, upgive & deliver, as I by these presents with consent foresaid & with mutual advice & taking burden as above resign, surrender simpliciter overgive & deliver All & Whole the said just & equal half Lands of the forty shilling Land of the Mains of Roro with the grazings & pertinents above mentioned all lying as aforesaid as also the said yearly @ rent of £60 or other @ rent effeiring to the said principal sum of £1000 Scots yearly to be uplifted & taken in manner foresaid furth of the other equal half Lands of the said forty shilling Land of the Mains of Roro with the pertinents lying as aforesaid together with all right title Interest Claim of right property or possession that we or any of us or our predecessors or constituents respectively had, have or any ways might have claim or pretend to the said Wadsett Iands & yearly @ rent or any part or portion thereof in time coming in the hands of the said John Earl of Breadalbane immediate lawful superior of the same, and that ad perpetuam remanentiam to the effect my right of property thereof may be consolidated with the right of superiority thereof in the person of the said Earl and remain & abide therewith inseparahly in all time coming acts instruments & documents one or more in the premises as need bees to ask, raise & lift, and generally all & sundry other things requisite there anent to do use & exercise that I might do myself if personally present, or that to the Office of Procurator in the like cases is known by law to pertain and belong, promising to hold firm and stable:

And I the said Duncan Campbell alias MacGregor by these Presents Bind and oblige me my Heirs and successors to warrant, acquit and defend this present discharge and renunciation and the resignation to follow hereupon to be good valid and sufficient to the said John Earl of Bredalbane and his foresaids at all hands and against all deadly as law will, And I the said Ann Campbell Bind and Oblige my said Constituent and his Heirs to warrant the said discharge and renunciation from all facts and deeds of his or his said Brothers or their successors, in prejudice hereof, And we the other persons above named Oblige us and our Heirs respectively to warrant the same from all facts or deeds done by us or our respective predecessors above named prejudicial hereto or to he done by us or any of our or their successors and against all trusts in our persons, or theirs, or any of them: And we have herewith given up to the said Earl the said Contract of Wadsett and Heritable Bond of Corroboration with the Bond thereby Corroborated and the two Sasines thereon and Precept of Clare Constat and Instrument of Sasine thereon with such other writs as we have in relation to the premisses, All to be Kept used and disposed of by the said Earl and his foresaids at pleasure in time coming: And we consent to the registration hereof in the Books of Council and Session, Register of Sasines, renunciations and others competent therein to remain for preservation: And if need bees that all execution necessary may pass hereon in form as effeirs: And thereto we Constitute Our Procurators, etc.: !n Witness thereof these presents written upon this & the eleven preceding pages of Paper duly stamped by David Ross servitor to Robert Watt Writer in Edinburgh Are subscribed by us as follows, by us the said Duncan Campbell, John Robertson, Alexander Menzies, Duncan McAlpine & Donald Campbell at Perth the eight day of February 1760 years before these Witnesses John Robertson of Tullibelton Donald MacAndrew in Tynaline John Young Merchant in Perth Joseph Crombie & James Campbell both Writers in Perth, by me the said Ann Campbell at Perth the same day Month & year before these witnesses the said Donald MacAndrew & James Campbell, and by me the said John McNab alias Campbell at Perth the 28th day of March & year foresaid before these Witnesses the said John Robertson of Tulliebelton & James Campbell & we the said sub¬scribers do also take burden on us for the said John Menzies the respective places & dates of our subscriptions Witnesses names and designations being all insert & filled up by the said James Campbell Writer in Perth (signed) Duncan Campbell, John Robertson, Alexander Menzies Duncan McAlpine De Mandate dict Donaldi Campbell in Glenlochay scribers nesciens ut asseruit act calamum tangen Nos Gulielmus Austin et Joannes Rutherford co-Nottarii publici pro illo subscribimus
Jo Rutherfurd, NP
Will Austin, NP.

A Campbell, John Campbell alias McNab, Jo Robertson Witness, Donald McAndrew Witness, John Young Witness, Joseph Crombie Witness, Ja. Campbell Witness, Donald McAndrew Witness, Ja. Campbell Witness, Jo. Robertson Witness, Ja. Campbell Witness.

H.-Page 231.


The Laird of Roro in Glenlyon had three sons, and to the eldest he gave forty cows with their followers and said, "You have now come to man's estate. This is your portion and you must go forth and find grass and holding for yourself." He set his face north-westward, and camped for a time on a hill-side on the Struan Estate called Leacairnn na bo gile. About this time a party of Stewarts from Appin had been on an excursion towards Perth, and returned by way of Rannoch.

At Dunan, about three miles beyond the the head of Loch Rannoch, and on the left or north bank of the water of Gaur, there dwelt at this time a sept or tribe (of Stewarts, I think) called Clann I’n Bhuidhe, whom the Appin men came athwart on their way, and from whom they received scant hospitality and rough handling; but they held on their way westward, and camped about the side of Loch Luidan, in no grateful mood towards Clann I'n Bhuidhe. Here the leader espied the encampment on the south side of the wide valley, on Leacainn na bo gile, and he sent a man or two across to ask passing hospitality, in the hope of meeting with the customary courtesy extended to civil strangers. They reached MacGregor's camp and told their tale, and he gave them not only bread, but sent one of his beeves as a present to their leader. On the return of the party, Stewart questioned his men, and on getting their report he said, "This is no ordinary man. He has given us not only ordinary hospitality, but has sent a generous present I must go and see him, and thank him in person." And across the moor with a few attendants Stewart made his way to MacGregor's camp. MacGregor received him courteously, and informed him that he was only camping there for a time with a view to move on in search of suitable grazing whereon to settle with his men and cattle. Says Stewart, "We have passed through very fine grazing ground between this and Loch Rannoch, which is now held by a bad race called Clann I’n Bhuidhe. They treated us very badly on our way westward, but we were few in numher, and therefore unable to cope with them, but your party and mine combined would more than match them; and as you have dealt so handsomely by us, we shall be glad to go back with you to Dunan. We shall not leave a man alive of Clann I'n Bhuidhe (Cha'n fhag sine ceann air arn amhaich dhiubh), and at Dunan you and yours shall settle." Combine the two parties did, and they were as good as their word in dealing with Clann I'n Bhuidhe. A bloody fight took place at a burn near Dunan called to this day Caochan-na-fola. Not a man of Clann I'n Bhuidhe was left alive, and MacGregor settled at Dunan, and there founded the first of the three MacGregor "Houses" in Rannoch. He prospered at Dunan, and in no long time his two younger brothers followed him from Glenlyon to Rannoch, and he succeeded in settling the one at Ardlarich and the other at Lerigan, and these became the other MacGregor "Houses" in Rannoch, thus possessing among them the whole north side, or "Slios Min" of Loch Rannoch.

A considerable time after the eldest MacGregor had settled at Dunan he had gone to a great hunting to Dun Seilg, in Argyle. At this hunt two hounds of MacGregor's surpassed all the other hounds so much that the Chief of Argyle made particular enquiry, and said, "The owner of such dogs as these must be a man of mark. Who is he? I should wish to see him." The reply was, "The owner of the hounds is MacGregor of Dunan, in Rannoch," and straightway "Fear Dhunan" was introduced to Argyle. After some Conversation, Argyle asked him on what tenure he held his lands. "On this tenure," said MacGregor, touching his sword, Said Argyle, "That tenure is good, and good enough at present; but, mark my words, the day is coming and is not far distant, when that will not suffice you. The law is day by day drawing nearer to us, and the man who cannot shew 'coir righ' (king's title) for his lands will assuredly lose them: and as I should wish to befriend you, I will, if you wish it, apply to the King and obtain for you a lawful title to your possession." MacGregor thanked him warmly, but said that he was quite contented with his rights as they stood, and that he would make them good against all comers; and he and his hounds returned to Dunan.

"Menzies of Weem ('the Menzieses were always wise in their generation,' says MacGregor!) knew the wild but good grazing district of Rannoch and knew also that the MacGregor's had no written rights to their holdings there; so to Scone he hied and easily got from the King a title to this outlying and little known wilderness. In due time he established a settlement at Cinnachlachair, near where Rannoch Lodge now stands, and asserted his legal rights against the MacGregors, but little cared they for a time for him and his 'writings' and they held their own, at the very least, against him, until at last, wearied and worried, he consulted a leading man of his own clan in Appin of Dull called the 'Crowner' as to the expediency of maintaining his fruitless fight with the MacGregor's. 'Hold your ground,' sayll the "Crowner." They may harass you for sometime yet, but the law is daily becoming stronger, and if you persevere, you will wear them out through time.' This worldly.wise advice was followed and prevailed, and the Menzieses held and 'still hold their ground in Rannoch."

I.-Page 259.

From the Chartulary:-

"Abstract [8]   Copy of Feu Contract between James Marquis of Montrose and Robert Campbell in Innersnaid, formerly surnamed MacGregor, Tutor of Law to James Grahame eldest lawful sone to the deceased John McGregor in Glengyle. 1000 Merks Scots pd in name of Feu entrie - for which cause and the aftermentioned he granted to the said Robt Campbell for the behoof of the said James Grahame, his heirs and assignies, all & haill the Toune and Lands of Glengyle, extending to an two Merk Land of old extent, with all Houses, biggings, Yards, orchards, mosses, muires, meadows, grass pasturages, woods, fishings, sheillings, infields, out-fields, annexes, connexes, and all other parts, pendicles and pertinents thereto pertaining or quhilk may be rightsomlie known to appertain and belong to the sd two merk lands, according as the same are presentlie possessed by the said Robt Campbell Patrick Mcillchallum and are lyand in the Baronie of Buchanane, Stewartrie of Doun. parish of Callander & Sheriffdom of Perth. feu duty sixty pounds Scots at ilk term of Martinmas, and each heir or assigny paying 120 pounds Scots as the double of the feu Duty at their entry. To follow the Marquis and his successors in all lawful wars and expeditions of hosting and hunting when required siklyke and in the same manner as anie other of the sd noble Marquis his Vassals shall doe.

And moreover if it shall happen the said James Grahame and his forsaids at anie tyme hereafter to be denounced Rebels and put to the Home Q'by (whereby) the lyferent escheat may fall and become on the hands of the said noble Marqoesse and his forsaids as superiors yrof. In that caise the said Noble Marquesse hereby binds and oblidges him and his forsaids to grant speciall and particulare gifts of the escheats, alse often as they shall occurr and bees yrto requyred, In favors of the said James Grahame and his forsaids or anie other persone they pleize to name for their behoofe, and that upon payment to him of the soume of five punds Scots money sa oft as the same shall fall, they always relieving him of the causes, ….. the escheats does fall and paying for forming of the rights and writs they ….. to be signed by him thereanent, and the noble Marquesse is to be at noe furder trouble or expenses but to signe the samine and to grant warrandice from his own fact and deed allanerlie. Clause that though the feu duty shall fall six years in arrears it shall be no objec¬tion of nullitie or expiration, or reduction of this present Charter and infeftment to follow thereupon but the samine feu right to stand in full force, without prejudice to the Marquesse, and if the feu dutie run into the seventh year the above clause shall be in no way obligatory.
(Signed) Montrose;
Ja: Grahame;
Rt Campbell;
R.Buchanan, witness;
Will Buchanan, witness;
John Reid, witness;
The first heir is to be entered gratis: John Graeme, witness
Mungo Graeme, witness

Copy Original Charter of Confirmation of the sd Contract dated at Glasgow the 25th May 1703 subscribed before these witnesses John Grabame of Killearne, Kentigerno, Grahame of Gorthie.

(Signed) Montrose;
John Grahame, witness;
Mungo Graeme, witness;
John Reid, witness.
Copy Instrument of Sasine on a Charter of Confirmation by James Marquis of Montrose to Robert Campbell, formerly denominated McGregor, as attorney for, and in name of James Grahame his pupil, lawful sone of John Macgregor in Glengyle and his heirs whatsomever, dated the 25th March 1703, of the two merk land of old extent of Glengyle, with Houses, yards, orchards, woods, fishings, shielings and all other parks, pendicles and pertinents-witnesses John Grahame of Killearne, Kentigerno, Mungo Grahame de Gorthie and John Reid-notary public, who also took the instrument of Sasine. Signed: Montrose, John Graeme witness; Mungo Graeme witness, John Reid witness." The Sasine is dated 1st July 1703 second year of the reign of Queen Anne and was taken in presence of Robert Campbell of Glenfalloch, Thomas Mac¬farlane in Innernylish, Milcollumbo MacDonald filii Johannis MacDonald in Glenlyon and John Grahame in Rurganane signed

J. Campbell witness;
Thomas McFarlan witness;
Malcome McDonald witness;
J.Grahame, witness.
-Registered in the Register of Sasines at Edinr: the 27th day July 1703 by R. H. Foulis.
There is no express mention in the sasine of the feu-duty and terms, they are only alluded to as expressed in the Charter upon which the sasine followed.

DOUGAL CIAR'S FAMILY. A M.S. by Donald McGregor, Schoolmaster, Duchleda, Rossdow, Parish of Luss. [9]  

"It is generally agreed that Dougald Ciar's family was the fourth principal family of the MacGregors but how this is supported by any evidence it is very difficult to ascertain for it does not appear that this family ever had a standard (Bratach), or any landed property, as Glensratha, Brackly and Ruaghshruth had; but what Robroy and his father usurped when the other Chief's families were low. This family resided further south than the rest of the principal families, for the family chiefly resided about Lochcatharine and in Glenarklet, Glenairclet, the pass between Lochcatharine and Loch Lomond and in Craigrostan, and a feu as far north as Glenfalloch & Strathfillan. Glengoil family is not very ancient for it is said the founder of the family at first got an heritable tack from the Laird of Buchanan and still holds from the Duke of Montrose and for the original rent. The principal of that family was Malcolm, [10]   commonly called Calum MacGrigair Ghlinagoil who suffered very much some time after the battle of Glenfroon, and it is said he killed one of the Black Hounds [11]   The Earl of Argyle was once after him with an army and came to Glengoil, and he made his escape to an island in Loch¬cathrine a little below Glengoil, and Argyle and his men could not get at him, for he found means to secure all the boats on the Loch, if there were any more than the one he had himself, and Argyle and his men encamped on the opposite shores and thought they would starve him as the Island was small and barren and they remained there several days waiting the event and Glengoil was almost starved. One day as one of Argyle's men kindled a fire and made a smoke no doubt to make ready some victuals for himself, Glengoil had an excellent gun and he took his aim and shot the man and killed him and exclaimed "Thugagh thall a chrom na geridh." [12]   Argyle and men knowing the man to be a shoe maker and the distance so great that they all concluded that Glengoil had the second sight and so they decamped and went home and never returned any more and Glengoil died in peace at a very advanced age. His son Donald, Rob Roy's father was a very turbulent man as appears from the account that is related of him for he was very busy in the affairs of the Clan as well as state matters, for in his days it appears that he and others of Dougal Ciar's family set up a new chieftain but who this man was whether he was of Dougal Ciar's family or of some other family is very difficult to know at this distance of time Who ever he was it is evident that he became vassal to the Laird of Luss: for the Laird of Luss gave him the Lands of Craigrostan at £24 per annum, which sum was after the lands became the Duke's property till late Duke of Montrose, Sir James Colquhoun made an exchange for some lands which held of the Duke of Montrose After this the Lands became the Duke's property and the Duke of Montrose holds the lands of Craigrostan now of the Crown. When this Chief was set up is very uncertain or how long it was after the battle of Glenfroon is not known but it appears from a journal wrote by John Graham of Duchra, that the first Chieftain was dead before the year 1654 for he who was then called the Laird of MacGregor was a minor that year, and that this Donald McGregor was his tutor and that he joined the Earl of Glencairn at the pass of Aberfoil with 80 men where they beat the usurper's troops and that a little afterwards he joined the Earl with 200 men at Lochearnhead, being the ancient quota of men, that the ancient Chiefs furnished for the King's service. It appears that this Chief died in the year 1693 without issue and that Rob Roy took posses¬sion of the lands of Craigrostan and kept it for some time till he came one night to Chapelarach and robbed the Duke of Montrose's factor of the rents of Monteith. After this robbery the Duke of Montrose summoned Rob Roy before the Court of Session but Rob Roy failing to appear the Court passed a sentence of outlawry against him under which he remained for some time and in order to remove the sentence of outlawry Rob Roy gave the Duke of Montrose the lands of Craigrostan which his heirs have still in possession."

J.-Page 305.

From the Chartulary:

1720, Feb. 16. The Testament Dative and Inventory of the Debts & Sums of money which were owing to umquhile John McGregour Fiar of Bracklie And the deceased Gilbert McPherson sume tyme in Glencrachin therefter in Ardlewie both within the Parochines of Arroquar and Tarbert the tyme of their respective de¬ceasses as eftermentioned faithfully made and given up by John Campbell alias McGregour, son lawful and nearest of kin toe the said deceast John McGregour of Braiklie his father & by Donald Mcpherson son lawfull and nearest of Kin to the said deceast Gilbert Mcpherson Executors Dative decerned to the saids two defuncts by Decreet of the Commissar of Glasgow of this date.

There was justly adebted to the saids deceased John McGregour & Gilbert McPherson the time of their respective deceases the sum of one hundreth & three pound Sterling money of England principall, threttie pound money foresaid penaltie And annual rent of the said principal soume from 25 Nov. 1692 to Sep. or Oct. 1708 in either of which the above John McGregour & the said Gilbert Mcpherson died, by Bond granted by William Palmer of Plumgam, Matthew of Scailby Coolly & Seally, 17th Nov. 1632. Follows Bond of Cautionary, Malcolm Murray alias McGregour of Marchfield is Cautioner for John Campbell alias McGregour, who is Cautioner for Donald Mcpherson, Robert McFarlane of Callie¬cherrane is Cautioner for the said John Campbell alias McGregor Dec.31, 1719. Commissary Books of Glasgow.

1742, March 5. The Testament Dative and Inventory of the sums of money that were indebted and owing to the deceast John Campbell alias McGregor of Brackly, Residenter in Collychippen within the Parish of Luss and of Janet McFarlane also Residenter in Collinchippen and Relict of the deceast John Campbell alias MacGregor of Brackly father of the above designed John Campbell, the time of their respective deaths, which John Campbell Younger died in the month of Nov. 1739 years and the said Janet McFarlan upon the 25 day of the month of Dec. therefter, faithfully made and given up by Robert and Malcolm Campbell alias McGregour, Children lawfully procreat betwixt the said deceast John McCampbell alias McGregor elder of Brackly and the said deceast Janet McFarlan spouses And brether german to the said deceased John Campbell younger Residenter in Colly chippen and Executors qua nearest in Kin decerned by the Commissary of Glasgow his substitute To the said John Campbell alias MacGregor younger and the said Janet McFarlan upon the 15 day of August 1741 as an Decreet Dative pronounced thereanent in itself maketh mention.

The Inventory of sums of money is not interesting, but from the Bond of Cautionary it appears that the two brothers and next of kin of the deceased John, Younger of Brackly, were Robert Campbell now having his residence in Dunoon and Malcum Campbell alias MacGregor having his residence in Strath¬fillan, the latter of whom could not write.

K.-Page 309.

Letter from Sir Walter Scott, Bart., to John Gregorson, Esq' of Ardtomish.

Sir,-I had your letter some time ago but without any other date than the name of your Mansion so I could not reply to it not knowing. If you had had an opportunity of looking at the work itself instead of Extracts I believe you would have seem the circumstance only mentioned as an account given by the Lochlomond People from tradition and at variance with others who ascribed the Slaughter of the Students to other persons. As I was disposed to adopt your authentic correction I took an opportunity when I had again an allusion to make to the Clan Gregor to mention the date at which thc Ciar Mohr flourished and its inconsistence with the tradition quoted in the notes of Rob Roy which it seems to me is all that can be said on the subject as thirty thousand copies of the Book are dispersed and the same number of the correction will be published next week in a note attached to the Sequel of Montrose.

It is thirty or forty years since I heard tradition in the vicinity of Glenfruin and the "Leac-an-Mhinisteir" – ‘The Ministers flagstone’ as I think they call it Dr Macfarlane gave me another edition in which there is the blame of the massacre laid On one Duncan Lean and a gillie named Charlioch to which I have giveu the preference in point of probability to that which implies the cruelty to Ciar Mohr.

I allow for your feelings as a Highland gentleman on the subject of your ancestors but I should suppose no one nowadays would indulge either malice or calumny by devising fictions about the Ciar Mohr either to blacken his memory or hurt the feelings of his descendant. I at least have done what I can to clear his memory if I have been the involuntary means of aspersing it.-I am, Sir, Your most obedient Servant WALTER SCOTT.
Edinburgh, 26th January 1830.

L. -Page 314.

Petition of Donald McLaren, Piper in Balquhidder 1713.
"To ane high and Mighty Prince, John Duke of Atholl, &c. The Supplicatione of Donald McLearn - Your Grace's pyper."
Humbly Sheweth,-That he (being to his great grieff) bereft of your Grace's Flag and other ornaments your Grace was pleased to adorn & honour him with, by some malicious person, and the petitioner, to procure a new Flagg &c. has been at a great deal of expense and travell in going thrue to Edinburgh and the charges are so heavy that they will sink the poor petitioner (as the accompt and bills herewith produced will testifie) unless he be relieved by your Grace, for the petitioner to hear his charges and pay off ye bills was necessitate to borrow money, payable at Martinmas last, for payment whereof his Creditors are very pressing, which he is not able to pay, unless your Grace be pleased to order payment of his wages due to him, & to give him whatever help besyd as consists with your Grace's pleasure, on which the petitioner depends. May it please your Grace to consider the premisses, and grant a favourable answer, and your petitioner shall ever pray. [13]  

Amongst the prisoners marched from the prisons of Blackness & Stirling to Carlisle in Sep' 1716. Was Duncan Mclaren-alias MacGregor- Duke of Atholl's piper, Balquhidder. And also a Donald McLaren - particulars not known.

M.-Page 316.


In 1870 a curious discussion about Rob Roy MacGregor appeared in the publication "Notes and Queries," from which some excerpts are here given. [14]  

4th Series, Vol.533, "Daniel Defoe and Sir Walter Scott." In Mr Lee's List of the various publications by Defoe is one entitled "the Highland Rogue or the History of Rob Roy." Now by the Introduction to Scott's novel of Rob Roy Sir Walter speaks of a "catchpenny publication "-a "pretended History" of Rob which appeared in London during his lifetime "bearing in front the effigy of a species of ogre with a beard a foot in length." Curiously enough Scott adds "It is a great pity so excellent a theme for a narrative of the kind had not fallen into the hands of Defoe, who was engaged at the time on subjects somewhat similar." Which is right Mr Lee or the Novelist? Signed C but "with Mr Carruther's compliments Inverness March 26."

4th S. V. 534. A letter signed M. Lloyd, Exeter, inquires if any "North British Correspondent" can give information as to whether any undoubted descendants of Rob Roy still exist.

Mr Gregor McGregor, Hill Street, Glasgow, at this time wrote to Mr Lee a private letter; of which the following is the substance:-
To William Lee Esq'. Author of the Life of Defoe.
Febr. 24th 1870. Having read Life of Defoe find you have certified that he was the Author of the "Highland Rogue" alias Rob Roy-begs to be furnished with any information on this latter subject" In a work called "the Trials of the Sons of Rob Roy" published at Edinr 1818 and supposed to be from the pen of Sir Walter Scot; there are a few extracts given from the "Highland Rogue" but Sir Walter does not appear to have known who the Author was, see his introduction to his novel of Rob Roy …….The fact that Defoe had been in Scotland, and in the employ of the Government both there and in England during Rob Roy's lifetime must have given him many opportunities of getting an insight into the doings of the Highland Outlaw." "A copy of the Highland Rogue is in the Library at Abbotsford, but I am not aware of any other copy in Scotland. As I claim descent from Rob Roy I am anxious to learn if possible what Defoe says of his (Rob's) education, grandeur and sudden misfortune, &c,"
Answer to the foregoing from Mr W Lee, 14 Westbourne Grove Terrace, Bayswater, London, 11th March 1870.
"The book entitled 'The Highland Rogue' though written by Defoe is undoubtedly a 'catchpenny publication' as stated by Sir Walter Scott, It is very meagre in its details, strung together apparently from hearsay, and making up a small octavo of sixty-three pages including title, preface and introduction, fourteen pages. I have a copy and there is one in the British Museum. Neither of them have any portrait or plate, nor is there any reference on title or otherwise thereto. I should therefore incline to think the print, if any, in Sir Walter's copy has been 'inserted.' I have never seen any other copy except the two above-mentioned. The description in words, on the first page of the narrative is perhaps what Sir Walter refers to, when he says 'bearing in front' I will endeavour to have the pamphlet transcribed and sent to you shortly."

In a letter from Mr Gregor MacGregor to Mr Lee, 17th March 1870, he promises to send a copy of "The Trials of Rob Roy's Sons," adding:
"The Work is now very scarce and I believe it had no great sale when brought out. I have no authority for saying that it is a production of Sir Walter Scott's [15]   and the idea that he had something to do with it arose from the introductory part bearing much resemblance to some portions of the Review of the Culloden Papers, which appeared in the Quarterly Review for, I think, Jan'y 1816. Sir Walter was the author of that Review. Then when the 'Heart of Midlothian' was published, the Public was favoured with the Trials of Porteous &c &c" All given as was the Trials of Rob Roy's Sons to assist the fame and sale of the Novels."

In Notes and Queries 4th S. vi., July 9th, 1870, Mr Lee answers Mr Lloyd's inquiry as to the Descendants of Rob Roy and gives particulars chiefly based on information in letters from Mr Gregor McGregor The facts derived from these and kindred sources have already been given on page 337. Mr Gregor McGregor became for some months a diligent correspondent of Notes and Queries - writing in one number a question on some subject in which he had an interest, and in the next, obligingly writing the answer. He wrote with the nom-de-plume of "One of the Clan," "Virginia," and even "Concraig," the name of a Drummond chieftain.

N.-Page 336.

The following lines were written regarding one of the sad incidents of the Life of Rob Roy's Wife.

"Fare ye weel, my ain Balquhidder,
Fare ye weel, Loch Lomond Fair,
Green Craigrostan, dark Glenfalloch;
I maun never see ye mair!

Though the road be lang and dreary,
Though the norlan' blast may blaw,
Down the Glen baith faint and weary
I maun wander far awa',
Oh! gin he were noo beside me
I wad heed nor sleet nor snaw;
But what fate will here betide me
While frae me he's far awa'.

Fare ye weel, sweet hame o' gladness,
Ance sae dear to mine and me;
Wintry days bring dule and sadness,
An' my weird I soon maun dree!

"Mary MacGregor's Lament Rob Roy's Wife when her Homestead burnt, and herself and children turned out in the snow by the Duke of Montrose's Factor-Graeme of Killearn." [16]  

"Inventory of the Personal Estate of Rob Roy, 1735. [17]  

The Testament Dative and Inventary of the goods, gear, cattle, Household plenishing and others which pertained to the Deceased Robert Roy Campbell in Innerlochlarigbeg within the parish of Balquhidder and Commissariot of Dunblane the time of Decease which was in the moneth of December last. Faithfully made and given up by Mary Mcgrigor alias Campbell the Defunct's Spouse only Executrix Dative, Decerned as Credetrix to her said Deceas'd husband For payment and satisfaction to her of the sum of Four hundred and thirty-six pounds ten shillings and four pennies Scots money, Expended and Deburs'd by her on the Defunct’s funeral and for Master's rents and Servants fees and for medicaments and other necessaries furnished during his Sickness Conform to a particular Accompt and Several Instructions thereof produced, Whereon she made faith as use is. As also for payment of the expenses of Confirmation hereof By Decreet of the Commissary principal of the said Commissariot, as the samen of the date of these presents in itself more fully Bears.

There were pertaining and belonging to the said Defunct the time of his decease foresaid the goods gear and others after mentioned of the values after express'd According as the Samen were valued in Virtue of the said Commissary's Warrant Vizt. Imprimis Two Tydie Cows at eight pound Scots per piece inde Sixteen pound Item Two Yeald Kine estimate at Six pound Scots pr. piece Inde Twelve pound Item Two old Kine with a Stirk estimate at Six pounds thirteen shilling and four pennies Scots per piece Inde Thirteen pound Six Shilling and eight pennies Item Two Farrow Kine with a Stirk estimate at Seven pound Six Shilling and eight pennies Scots pr. piece Inde fourteen pound Thirteen shilling and four pennies Item Two six quarters old queys estimate at Two pound thirteen shilling and four pennies Scott per piece Inde five pound six shilling and eight pennies Item a ten quarter year old quey estimate at three pound Item Thirteen Ews and one Ram estimate at fourteen pounds It. Seven hoggs estimate at three pound ten shilling It. fourteen Goats with a Buck estimate at Twenty pound It. eight Minchaks [18]   estimate at four pounds Item Ane old Mair with a filly estimate to eight pound It. two horses estimate to thirty pound. It. a Blind horse estimate to One pound ten shilling It. Two Bolls of Gray Corn with the Straw estimate to ten pound It. the Hey estimate to Twelve pound It. the saddle and armes estimate with the Bridle Twenty four pound. It. Betwixt his body Cloaths and heall house plenishing estimate to eighty four pound Six shilling and eight pennies.

Item The said Defunct had justly addebted and resting to him the time foresaid of his decease By Alexander Mcfarlane in Corectlet the Sum of One hundred pounds Scots money and whole annual rents thereof as a part of the sum of Six hundred Merks Scots money principal specified in a Bond Granted by him to the said Defunct therein Designed Robert Campbell of Innersnait Dated the twenty eight day of November and day of one thousand seven hundred and seven years.

Confirmed 6th February 1735 Raynold Drummond and John Fisher of Tayenrouyoch Cautioners."

"The Halls of the Long Island Historical Society (says the Brooklyn Eagle) contain in their archives many a rare and curious relic of days that are long passed momentoes of peoples and races that are known to-day but by the straggling pages of history and the implements of war and peace which time has spared. On one of the desks in the Library Hall, surrounded by the quiet of the silent volumes on the shelves, rests the sword which long ago was wielded by the mighty arm of the Highland Chief Rob Roy, o'er many a bloody field of Scotland's heather, made famous by the pen of Scott. The uses and ravages of time have played sad havoc with the trappings which once adorned it, but the blade and hilt are still as sharp and strong as when first buckled to the belt of the father of the famous chief himself. The claymore is some five feet in length, with a broad two-edged blade of the finest tempered steel, and weighs some fourteen or fifteen pounds. The handle, protected by a basket hilt of strongly-wrought brass, is adapted to the use of one or two hands. Along the blade are many nicks and seams, mute evidence of the war and strife through which it has passed. The sheath of leather had long ago succumbed to time and now is torn and broken in many places, being held together by the brass bands alone which form the tips and ring stay for hanging. Tied to the handle is a worn piece of leather, upon the torn surface of which can still be plainly seen the name of its old master Rob Roy, written with a thick substance similar to paint or white lead. The first letter of the name has been torn away, but the remaining ones are plainly and distinctly written in a bold round hand. The weapon was worn and used by Rob Roy MacGregor, and has been preserved in the family of MacGregor until the present time. It was on exhibition at the Centennial in Philadelphia in 1876, and is now exhibited at the Long Island Society, through the courtesy of John MacGregor, Esqr of this city. The claymore was also used in the Wars of the Covenanters and Cavaliers by Colonel Donald MacGregor of Glengyle, father of Rob Roy."

O. – Page 337.


Be it known to all men be these presents, me Coll Campbell Son to Robert Campbell late of Inversnaid Forasmuch as in the month of December last bypast there was a marriage betwixt me and Margaret Campbell eldest lawful daughter to John Campbell in Kerletter in Glenfalloch with consent of her said father solemnized and completed, at which time there being no Contract of Marriage past betwixt us, the said John Campbell now my father-in-law did by a verbal promise and paction betwixt him and me bind and oblige himself to content and pay to me the Soume of two thousand merks Scots money in name of Tocher good with his said daughter, And seeing the said John Campbell my said father-in-law hath really before the granting of these presents made good and thankful payment to me of the said soume of two thousand merks money foresaid wherewith I hold me well contented, satisfied and payed, renouncing all exceptions and objections on the contrar for now and ever Therefore will of me to have exonered and discharged, Lykeas I hereby exoner, quit clime, and simple Discharge the said John Campbell his heirs executors and … of the said Soume of two thousand merks money forsaid of Tocher good promised by him to me with my said Spouse in manner foresaid and also of all bairnes part of Geir portion natural and others which may anyways accress, fall, pertain and belong to me or my said Spouse in, by and through the decease of my said father or be and throogh the decease of Katherine Campbell his Spouse my mother-in-law Excepting their own good will allernarly and I hereby oblige me my heirs and successors to warrand this my discharge at all hands against all deadly as law, and if need require to reiterate and renew these presents ay and while the said John Campbell and his successors find themselves sufficiently secured keeping allways the Substance above writen and for the more securitie I am content and consents the presents be insert and registrat in the Books of Council and Session or other competent therein to remain for preservation and thereto constitutes ….. my procurators In witness whereof these presents consisting of this and the preceding written upon stampe paper by Angus Campbell writer in Inverary the 21st day of Feb. 1721 years before these witnesses Charles Stewart and John Campbell both writers in Inveraray.
(Signed) Coll Campbell."

P.-Page 337.

From the “Chartulary”:- "1760. Unto the Right Honourable the Commissioners for managing the for-feited annexed Estates in Scotland The petition of Ronald Drummond at the Kirktoun of Balquhidder Humbly sheweth
That your petitioner for upwards of thirty years past has possessed one quarter of the Kirktown of Balquhidder and the Miln and Miln Lands thereof.

That in the above period he has made the most substantial Improvements hitherto attempted by any person in that part of the country, by building a good House with stone and lyme upon his possession Consisting of two stories high, and by inclosing the whole of the above Miln lands which was the only part of his farm that could be inclosed, as he had only a mixed possession with his neighbours of his quarter of the Kirktown of Balquhidder, which was the reason that he did not extend his improvements thereto. That hesides these improvements your petitioner has of late years been in use of lyming his ground by which means had improved his small possession so far as to make the same yield double the quantity of grain that it formerly used to do, And particularly this last year had as much bear as all the other three quarters put together. That your petitioner has also made great improvements upon said Miln having often repaired the same And brought fanners to it from the Low Country at a considerable expense a conveniency till then unknown in that corner.

That your Petitioner thinks himself at more liberty to make an application as his Neigbbours are scarcely able to keep their possessions Much less to make the Improvements that will be under taken by your Petitioner.

That in these circumstances the Petitioner has laid the premisses before the Honourable Board with a humble Intention of praying your Honours would grant him a lease of said Farm of Kirktown of Balquhidder with the Miln and Miln Lands thereof for …….. or any number of years your Honours will think meet And your Petitioner will undertake to Improve the same according to any Regulations laid down to him by your Honours.

That your Petitioner has herewith produced a Certificate of his being formerly attached to his Majesty's person and Government both in church and state And also of the improvements he has hitherto been carrying on as already mentioned.

May it therefore please your Honours to grant your Petitioner a lease of the said farrm of Kirktown of Balquhidder with the Miln and Miln Lands thereof for …… or any other term of years your Honours thinks proper and your Petitioner shall ever pray.

(Signed) Ronald Drummond.
(Indorsed) Petition for Ronald Drummond, 1760."

Q.-Page l74

Copy from an original paper written by "Duncan Macpharie" the narrator of the Clan Gregor's campaign in 1745-6.

Memorandum for the head of the Family of Dugal Keir.

"Donald Murray of Craigruie and Inverlochlaraigbeg was acknowledged by the whole Clan Maculekeir that this Donald was the head of yr family. He Died and his son succeeded, his name was Callum oge, Callum was Captain in Perth's Batalion in prestonpans and he was mortaly wounded and Died his wife being a widow having Two sons James and Ludovick & Daughter. James died in Craig¬nech near Drummond Castle, bred a Doctor, Ludovick was bred a Miln Wright and Died in Jamaica.-Now this branch is clean out.

This Donald had a younger brother that Listed in the Gray horse, they cald him John Murray, he lived some time ago upon his pension in the South country in a vilage called Yedbrouch if he or his be in life they are the head of Clan Dugal Kear, I shall defy any man living to Dispute this for its truth."

R.-Page 376.

Anecdotes of the forty-five collected by Sir John MacGregor Murray. [21]  

The Broad Sword and Bayonet.

"In the pursuit of the King's forces by the Highland Army at the Battle of Preston Major Evan MacGregor overtook a Grenadier whom he required to sur¬render. That gallant man however deeming himself an overmatch with his fixed bayonet, for a swordsman, charged and made several furious lunges at the Major but he being an active young man, got within the point of the Grenadiers bayonet and cut him down by a stroke which cleft one his cheeks to the Chin. The Grenadier was put under medical treatment and recovered.

The Broad Sword and Dirk against the fixed Bayonet

On the same occasion one Highlander came up to another who was engaged in single combat sword in hand against a soldier of the King's Army with his fixed bayonet. The second Highlander reproachfully asked the first why he allowed the fellow to live so long and calling out in gaelic "let me be at him" he advanced with his sword in one hand and his dirk in the other parrying with his sword the Bayonet, till he got within its point and then rushing on he put the soldier to death with his dirk.

These facts tend to show that it is perhaps only in close line or column and not in single combat man to man that the Bayonet is superior to the Broadsword.

Anecdote of Glengyle.

When Glengyle was in the Castle of Doune of which, and of Cardross, he was Governor by commission from Prince Charles, Thomas Cadell a highland Pistol maker in the village of Doune waited upon him and suggested that as then the Prince's Treasury was not overlowing Glengyle should quarter his men On some of the inhabitants of the village who were disaffected to the Stuart cause. The Governor having dismissed Thomas with thanks for his zeal immediately sent a steady non-commissioned officer with a small party of men to quarter on Thomas Caddell and Thomas very soon remonstrated against the hardship of quartering men on the Prince's own friends. Glengyle reminded him of the advice he had himself given and added that he Glengyle was willing to try how his own friends might like the experiment before he should extend it to others.

Note.-The village of Doune had been long celebrated for its Highland pistol makers. Since the disarming act and the substitution of the Bayonet for the Broadsword this class of artificers has been extinguished.

Glengyle was subject to a variety of Spirits but during his command in Mon-teith he conducted himself with such propriety that his name has been always mentioned with respect even by such of the gentlemen of that district, whose political principles were different from his."

S.-Page 390.

A statement of the losses sustained after the Campaign was subse-quently made out by Glencarnock, and may be interesting. It is signed by himself in 1752. It appears that from the destruction and waste of land, &c, the rents of the property were very much reduced for several years afterwards, and the whole family, including his brothers, were placed in difficult circumstances. [22]  

"June 13th 1756. Account of Glencarnock's Loss by the Burning of his Estate and away carrying his own Cattle and furniture.

Sterling money

To the Mansion house, furniture yrof included ,, £150. 0. 0
A few cattle valued at £45.0. 0
To the House of Glencarnock and all the y' houses and barns
upon the Estate being three hundred and sixty four couples all at £813.0. 0
The Croft of Innerlochlarig more and begg £50.0. 0.
To my Brother Duncan's whole Cattle and plenishing £200.0. 0.
To seventy bolls, steel boll Carse &'~- and five boIls do beer sowen
and harrowed in the best of the Land valued at £141.0. 0
To the Rent of the Estate from Martinmass 1744 to Martinmass
1750 Inclusive Casualties being £29. 14.6. of yearly rent £1780.0. 0
To spent of my own proper money before my surrender upon the
18th Sepr 1746 £400.0. 0.
To spent in prison from the said 18th Sepr 1746
until the 11th Octr 1749 £450.0. 0
To my family's expense during my confinement £150.0. 0
To interest upon the Rents from Martinmas 1745
until Martinmas 1752 £531.0. 0
To interest upon my personal expence and my family's keeping
from Martinmas 1746 until Martinmas 1750 £350.0. 0
£5060.0. 0
B. That there was about a hundred pounds a year from Martinmas
1747 to Martinmas 1750 with interests from the payment thereof
until Martinmas 1752 to be deducted from the above charge,
that was recovered of rents out of the Estates.
To my Tennants loss of Cattle, Crofts, and Household furnitures as
near as it could possibly be computed amounted to £1500.0. 0
The above is made out from other accounts upon the 27th Novr 1752, by me
(Signed) Ro. Murray."

T.Page 394

Contract Murray and MacDonald 1744 [23]  

“Att Mugstot the 10. day of Jan. 1744 years it is agreed betwixt Evan Murray brother german to Robert Murray of Glencarnock and Janet MacDonald lawful daughter to John MacDonald of Balcony on the one and the other part that is to say for as much as the said Evan Murray and Janet MacDonald are alredy maryed, yett there having been hitherto no contract betwixt them the said Janet MacDonald is not sufficiently provided in any jointure nor are the children of the marriage provided, or the tocher with said Janet MacDonald given to the said Evan Murray, according as was considered and agreed upon betwixt the said parties before their marriage, in contemplation whereof and of the tocher after mentioned, the said Evan Murray obliges him to make up the sum of thousand merks Scots money qch together with the tocher after mentioned, making up in all 4000 merks money forsaid he hereby provides in liferent for a jointure to his said spouse and to the children to be procreated between them in gold, but it is hereby specially pro¬vided that two thousand merks of the said four soe provided in gold, shall pertain and belong to the eldest son of the rnarriage over and above a bairns part of the remaining 2000 merks and that he shall be intitled to a share of the said Evan Murray his moveables, executry as well as any other child to be procreated of the mariage, qch sum of 4000 merks money foresaid, the said Evan Murray binds and obliges him to employ and lay out upon well holden lands or in the hands of sufficient and responsable persons taking always the securities thereof when in life¬rent, and to the children of this mariage in fee, and the said Evan Murray hereby binds and obliges himself not to call for the tocher after mentioned or uplift the same out of the hands of Sir Alex. MacDonald of that Ilk, during the life tyme of the said spouse, unless that he make up the sum of thousand merks and add it thereto to be liferented by his spouse, as said is, in qch case he may freely call for and uplift the tocher after mentioned provided allways that the sum of 4000 merks Scots money is lodged in a responsable person's hands and the Securities thereof taken as above and the said money lodged and laid out with the approbation of the nearest male relation of the said Janet MacDonald of the father's side, and its hereby declared that the said Evan Murray shall have right and title to call for and uplift the tocher after mentioned upon his finding at any time hereafter sufficient competence for making forthcoming the said sum of 4000 merks to the said Janet MacDonald in liferent during the days of her lifetyme in case she should survive him and to the children of the marriage in fee as aforesaid is, provided allways that the said cautione be accepted by her nearest male relation of the father's side and no otherwise, and the said Evan Murray hinds and obliges him and his heirs to make due and thankfull payment to the said Janet MacDonald ... or yearly interest of the said sum of 4000 merks free of all burden at two terms in the year Whitsunday and Martinmas by equal portions, beginning the first term's payment thereoff at the first terme of Whitsunday or Martinmas next, and immediately following the said Evan Murray's decease, for the half year preceding that terme and soe forth thereafter during her lifetyme, and after it is agreed betwixt the said parties, that if the said Janet MacDonald shall happen to survive the said Evan Murray he hereby dispones to her one third of all his moveables whatsoever over and above the liferent above provided to be taken out of the movables before payment of any debts provided there is no child of this present mariage at the dissolution thereof by the death of the said Evan Murray but if there shall happen to be one or more children at the dissolution thereof as above, then and in that case the said third of movables is to he taken out of the whole after the debts are first payed but in case the said Evan Murray shall not make up the said 2000 merks and add the same to the tocher after mentioned and would employ and lay out the same in maner above expressed then and in that case the sd Evan Murray hereby dispones to his said spouse the just and equal half of all his goods and gear whatsoever, whether heritable or movable in qch his said spouse's tocher if not uplifted is to be included and be hereby in …. of these …… dispones to her one hundred of sheep and goats without division if he shall happen to be possessed of said number at the tyme of hit deceiss and no more qch provisions above inentioned in favours of the said Janet MacDonald she hereby accepts of and by these presents assigns and dispones to the said Evan Murray and his heirs or assignys secluding his executors, all and heall the sum of 2000 merks money forsaid contained in a Bond granted to her by Sir Alexr MacDonald of that Ilk of the date the ….. day off …. 1730 years and life rented by Alice MacKenzie spouse to Doctor James MacLean, Fisitien (physician) in Inverness with all that has followed or may follow therein surogating and substituting Janet Murray in her full right and place of the same qch attynatione she binds and obliges her …… and executors to warrant from all facts and deeds done or be done by her or her foresaids prejudiciall heretoe, and the said Evan Murray hereby accepts of the sd 2000 merks contained in the said bond and obliges them to performe the premisses ….. consenting to the Registration hereof in the books of Counsel and Session or any other Judge's books competent to have the strength of a Deereet of any of the Judges thereof, interponed thereto, that letters of horning in six days charge and all other execution necessary may pass hereun in forme at …. and thereto consentus …. their procurators in witness whereof, they have signed these presents written on this and the two preceding pages of stamped paper by Alexr MacDonald of Kingsborer and the three double hereof being written by John Macleod of Taliska, place day and year of God above written, before these witnesses for Alexander MacDonald of that Ilk, Mr Hugh MacDonald minister of the Gospell at Portry and Alexander MacDonald of Kingsborer writer hereof, and John MacLeod of Talisker

Evan Murray
Jannet MacDonaId
Alexr MacDonald witness;
Hugh MacDonald witness;
John MacLeod witness;
Alexr MacDonald witness

U. Page 405.

Continuation of Family of Balhaldies.

IX. Alexander only son of William VIII. entered the British army and became a Captain in the 65th Regiment of Foot, he was distinguished for gallant conduct at the capture of Martinique and Guadeloupe. He died of "military fatigue" in the West Indies in 1794. He married, 25th December 1781, his cousin-german Mary Drummond or Macgregor, daughter of Donald Drummond of New York, sixth son of Alexander Macgregor of Bohaldies, elected Chief in 1714, and left five sons and four daughters.
X. William the eldest son, born 1782, Was made an ensign in his father's Regiment at fourteen years of age. He submitted to Counsel the Memorial, pages 415 to 424. To be mentioned again in Vol.111.

The following excerpts are from Bohaldie's letter to King James VIII., to which the letter dated Rome, December 1748, is in answer - Bohaldie's letter is given in the Appendix to Browne's history of the Highlands and was signed "Malloch "

PARIS, 4th Nov. 1748.
"It is so long since the situation of affairs I had any concern in permitted my troubling your Majesty directly with accounts from this place, that it becomes cruel in me now to be obliged to begin to inform you of the loss your Majesty has of the most faithful and devoted subject ever served any Prince, in the person of Donald Cameron of Locheil. He died the 26th of last month of an inflammation within his head at Borgue, where he had been for some time with his Regiment, and where I had the melancholy satisfaction to see all means used for his preservation but to no valuable effect." The letter goes on to give much praise to Locheil and enters into the subject of who is to succeed to the command of Locheil's Regiment in the French Service. It thus concludes
"I am (likewise) afraid that I shall not be able to continue the connexion and correspondence Lochiel and I had with the Highlands-that was easy for us to have done while he lived, and had a regiment without putting your Majesty to any expense; but now I am done without means or assistance to do anything. Tho' I had a million I am as ready as ever to employ the last farthing and every hour I have to live in your Majesty's service, which your Majesty's most gracious countenance and indulgence to my weakness made so bewitching, that dangers, difficulties, and fatigue never stood in the way of going on in what appeared to serve best the end aimed at. I am ever, with the most profound respect,
Your Majesty's most faithfully humble and zealously devoted servant. MALLOCH."

X.-Page 450. Excerpt from The Glasgow Mercury, dated 4th February 1779.

"On the 5th ult died at Gosport, Gregor Macgregor, Esq. of Inverrarderan, Captain of the Middlesex regiment of militia, much and justly regretted by his numerous friends and acquaintance, and, in a particular manner, by his disconsolate widow and family. This gentleman joined the Royal Highlanders, now the 42nd Regiment, some time before they were regimented, about the year 1739, and was one of the two gentlemen chosen out of that regiment sent from Scotland, and presented, in the ancient Highland garb, to His Majesty King George the second, who had expressed an anxiety to see a specimen of those martial heroes. They were graciously received by his Majesty and ministers, and by the noble and crowded company who were assembled on that occasion. In the year 1743, he went abroad in the service of his King and country, where he served with honour and reputation during the year which then subsisted, and, for some time after his return, was appointed Captain and Adjutant in the Middlesex militia. Justly actuated by laudable motives, and urged to it by the bondage under which he and the clan Macgregor had laboured for many years, he set on foot a bill for repealing some severe acts of Parliament which had passed against them. In this he was successful, and obtained an act of Parliament in the year 1775, rescinding all former acts against the clan Macgregor, and restoring them to their name and privileges. Sensible of the obligation thus conferred by Parliament upon him and the clan, he in return, made offer, and gave in proposals to raise a regiment for the service of government. This proposal was graciously received by his Majesty and ministers and would have taken effect but for his bad state of health which then ensued, and continued till his death. These circumstances alone, so highly meritorious in themselves, independant of many other generous and benevolent actions, cannot fail to reflect the greatest honour on his memory, and to place him in the character of a firm and zealous friend, worthy of the remembrance of his relations in general, and particularly of his ancient and once opulent clan."

[1] From the Ballad in Pinkerton's " Select Scottish Ballads" 1783,

[2] The Thirty Merkland of Fernan forms the west portion of Drummond Hill and the N.E. end of Loch Tay stretching from the Laweris to Belloch.

[3] Probably Culdares, which was spelt Culdarie; Culder More and Beg are in Glenlyon, between Fernan and Glenlyon House.

[4] Edramuckie in Moranish, north side of Loch Tay, under Glenorchy at the date quoted.

[5] Mentioned as living between 1601 and 1624, see page 255. volume 2 Chapter 18

[6] Gregor IX, see page 227 volume 2 Chapter 17

[7] This is a fuller account than that of Innerhaddon in Vol. I., page 122. It was given by an o1d Rannoch man, and communicated to the Editor by John Robertson, Esq., Old Blair. volume 1 Chapter 11

[8] *Edinchip Papers

[9] This traditional account sent to Sir John MacGregor Murray about 1818, is interesting although not strictly reliable.-ED.

[10] Malcolm Oig MacGregor dhu IV, see page 255 volume 2 Chapter 18

[11] See Appendix page 471 volume 2 Appendix

[12] See Vol. I., page 375. The literal translation is "Take" or "get yonder greasy crook" - "crom" is applied to a shoemaker and "geireach" means greasy. volume 1 Chapter 29

[13] Atholl and Tullibardine Chronicles

[14] Taken from certain "Manuscripts and Letters as to Rob Roy and his Descendants" from the Library of the late Wm. Lee, purchased from Mr Wm. Brown, Publisher, Editor., by Alexander Skene, Esqr., of Avondow by whose kindness the Editor has permission to quote them in this work.

[15] See page 425. From the style of the work, the idea seems very improbable. volume 2 Chapter 33

[16] These lines, believed to be by Sir Walter Scott, were given to the Editor by the late Mrs Small Keir of Kindrogan with the explanation following them.

[17] Inventory entered in the Books of the Commissariat of Dunblane, copy given to the Editor by Gregor MacGregor, Esq., S. S.C., Edinburgh.

[18] young goats

[19] Clipping from the Evening Express, 23rd April 1850, sent to the Editor, January 1901, by AIexr. Skene, Esq. of Avondow.

[20] Edinchip Papers

[21] Edinchip Papers

[22] Edinchip Papers

[23] Edinchip Papers