Hand Cast 925 Sterling Silver Clan MacGregor Crest Badge Measures 2″ in diameter.
The circular belt has the Motto of the Chief of the Clan inscribed in it. Within the belt is the crest of the Clan Chief. The belt and buckle denote the clansman.
Crest: a lion’s head erased Proper, crowned with an antique crown Or.
Motto: ‘S rioghal mo dhream (My race is royal)
The Clansman’s Crest Badge is the most powerful emblem of your Clan Gregor Heritage. Displaying this badge is a symbol of your allegiance to your clan. The perfect gift for any MacGregor descendant.
“Cuimhnich air na daoine o’n d’thaining thu” – Remember the men from whom you are descended.
Clan Gregor or MacGregor, is a Highland Scottish clan. The clan’s most famous member is the legendary Rob Roy MacGregor of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
The Clan Gregor held lands in Glen Orchy, Glenlochy and Glenstrae. According to Iain Moncreiffe the MacGregors were descended from an ancient Celtic royal family, through the Abbots of Glendochart. This is alluded to in the clan’s motto: S rioghal mo dhream (My race is royal) . There is a tradition that Gregor was the son of Kenneth MacAlpin, which is supported by the Scottish historian, William Forbes Skene, but there is no evidence to support this tradition. It is possible that he might have been Griogair, son of Dungal, who was allegedly co-ruler of Alba.
Iain of Glenstrae died in 1519 with no direct heirs. He was the second of his house to be called the Black. The succession of Eian was supported by the Campbells and he married a daughter of Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy. In 1547 Eian’s son, Alistair, fought against the English at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh but died shortly after.
Colin Campbell refused to recognise the claim of Gregor Roy MacGregor to the estates and for ten years Gregor waged a war against the Campbells He was an outlaw who raided cattle and sheltered in the high glens. However in 1570 he was captured and killed by the Campbells. The chiefship was claimed by his son, Alistair, but he was unable to stem the Campbell’s persecution of the MacGregors who became known as the Children of the Mist.
James VI of Scotland issued an edict in April 1603 that proclaimed the name of MacGregor as altogidder abolisheed. This meant that anyone who bore the name must renounce it or suffer death. In 1604 MacGregor and eleven of his chieftains were hanged at Mercat Cross, Edinburgh. As a result the Clan Gregor was scattered with many taking other names such as Murray or Grant. They were hunted like animals and flushed out of the heather by bloodhounds.
Despite the savage treatment of the MacGregors they actually fought for the king during the Scottish Civil War. Two hundred men of the Clan Gregor fought for the Earl of Glencairn in what was known as Glencairn’s rising, against the Commonwealth. In recognition of this Charles II of England repealed the proscription of the name but William of Orange reimposed it when Charle’s brother James VII was deposed.
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