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Robert Napier MacGregor Brother 12th February 1875

Candidate’s Name Mr Robert Napier MacGregor

DOB 1853 22 Years Old

Address Glengyle Callander

Proposed By Brother J D Wormald RWM

Seconded By Alexander Hay

First or Entered12th February 1875

Second or Fellow 24th March 1875

Third or Sublime Degree 24th March 1875

RWM of the Celtic Brother Joseph Dawson Wormald.

Brother MacGregor has a History of the Great Clan Macgregor back to Rob Roy himself.

When the MacGregors first occupied Glengyle is not clearly ascertained, but they were there in 1530 as tenants of the Buchanans, and in 1655 Lieutenant-Colonel Donald MacGregor (Rob Roy's father, was designed as "of Glengyle". He was the Ceann Tigh or head of the house of Clan Douill Chere or mouse coloured Dougal. Lieutenant-Colonel Donald MacGregor took a leading part in the affairs of the clan. Donald had taken an active part in the rising under the Earl of Glencairn in favour of King Charles in 1653, At one time he was a man of considerable means, and appears as lending or paying considerable sums of money. He frequently was accepted as cautioner or surety for executors of deceased clansmen, and figured in many of the transactions in which his young chief was concerned. Notwithstanding the part which he had taken in Glencairn's rising, General Monck authorised him to secure any of the name of MacGregor or other broken men and to send them prisoners to Perth, and in 1685 John, Earl of Athole, as Justice-General of Scotland, gave him a commission for uplifting all forfaltours and fynes of fugitives from the Justiciary Court. Unfortunately his circumstances suffered a great eclipse, due to his loyalty to his Sovereign. On 24th August, 1689, he, along with the chiefs of several Highland clans, signed at Blair Athole, a Bond of Association, under which he undertook to raise one hundred men for King James. in a letter from the Earl of Crawford to Lord Melville that "the great robber Lifetennent Collonell Macgregor was taken by a party of my Lord Kenmuir's men and brought prisoner to Edinburgh". His rents had been sequestrated, and the Privy Council recommended the Lord Advocate to proceed against him for treason, having been in rebellion against King William and Queen Mary, and also for depredation, theft and robbery.

John MacGregor, eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel Donald, was born about the year 1647, married in 1685, and dying young, left two sons and at least one daughter. His eldest son, Gregor was commonly called Gregor ghlun dubh, or of the black knee, was a child at the time of his father's death, and to him Rob Roy, who was a younger son of Lieutenant-Colonel Donald, and consequently Gregor's uncle, acted as his guardian.

Rob Roy wrote the following letter to the Earl of Breadalbane:- Part of a Letter.

"Portnellan, Nover. 12th 1707
"My Lord,
"I long to see your Lordship, and I presume to tell your Lordship that I have come of your Lordship's family and shall keep my dependency suitable to the samine of which I told your Lordship, when I parted with your Lordship last and what I sayed to your Lordship or ever promised shall be keeped while I live. My Nephew is to see your lordship, whom I hope will be capable to serve your Lordship and will do it tho I were in my grave he is a young man so my Lord give him your advice he is Bigging his house and I hope your Lordship will give him a precept for the four trees your Lordship promissed him the last time I was there I beg pardon for the subscriveing and I am, My Lord
"Your Lordship's servant. "Rob Campbell."

The MacGregors were at Sheriffmuir under Rob Roy in the year 1715. "The Flying Post, of October 1st, 1715 records­ "Some days ago a party was ordered from Perth, another from Stirling, and a third from Glasgow towards the house and haunts of that notorious robber and rebel Robert Roy MacGregor According to the Scots Magazine, on June 7th 1746, a body of 700 men entered Balquhidder and proceeded to the Braes of Menteith, but not finding Glengyle and his party, they burnt his house, and all the houses in Craigroyston possessed by the Macgregors and carried the cattle to Crieff."
Gregor Ghlun dubh, under the name James Graham of Glengyle was excepted by name from the Act of Pardon passed in the year 1747.

In the small burying ground a short distance to the west of Glengyle House there is a white marble slab in the north wall with the following inscription to Gregor ghlun dubh:-

John MacGregor served for some time in the West Kent Militia and married in 1816 Jane Isabella the daughter of Captain Daniel MacGregor who was the brother of John's first wife, and had three sons, James, John Daniel and Gregor.

John MacGregor in 1855, owing to financial difficulties sold the estate to James MacGregor, proprietor of the Queen's Hotel, Glasgow, for 9675, and the commissioners of the Glasgow Corporation in 1918 purchased the estate from James MacGregor's daughter for rather less than half of that sum.

In the little burying ground near Glengyle House also rests the remains of Major General Sir Charles Metcalfe MacGregor K.C.B., who died at Cairo on February 5th 1887. He was the heir-male of Rob Roy, and during his last illness expressed his earnest desire to rest among his ancestors in this little graveyard. The interment took place with difficulty through drifted snow on March 11th in that year.

James MacGregor of the Queen's Hotel, who had purchased the estate in 1855, died in 1870, and his only son, Robert Napier MacGregor, in 1881, when the eldest daughter, Jemima, succeeded to the property. She married George Sheriff, who assumed the name MacGregor and died in 1895. Their only son was killed in action at Spion Kop on January 24, 1900, and it was from his mother that the Commissioners bought Glengyle in 1918, as mentioned above. James MacGregor, his son and grandson, are also interred in the little burying ground.

William Wordsworth, the poet, visited Glengyle in 1803 and was informed by a "well educated lady who lived at the head of the Lake, that Rob Roy's grave was near the head of Loch Katrine, in one of those small pinfoldlike burial-grounds, of neglected and desolate appearance, which the traveller meets with in the Highlands of Scotland, situated within a mile or less of her residence. And under this mistaken impression he composed the poem entitled "Rob Roy's Grave.