Rob Roy MacGregor was born on an unknown date to Donald Glas Stewart MacGregor (c1630-1686) and Margaret Campbell (1637-1691) and died 28 December 1734 in Inverlochlarig Beg, Scotland, United Kingdom of unspecified causes. He married Mary Helen MacGregor (c1671-) December 1693 in Glen Arklet, Scotland, United Kingdom. Notable ancestors include Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087), Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Alfred the Great (849-899), Robert I of Scotland (1274-1329). Ancestors are from the United Kingdom, Scotland, Belgium, Spain, France, Germany, England, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Switzerland, Turkey, the Byzantine Empire, Sweden, Canaan.
Robert Roy MacGregor (baptised 7 March 1671 – 28 December 1734), usually known simply as Rob Roy or alternately Red MacGregor, was a famous Scottish folk hero and outlaw of the early 18th century, who is sometimes known as the Scottish Robin Hood. Rob Roy is anglicised from the Scottish Gaelic Raibeart Ruadh, or Red Robert. This is because Rob Roy had red hair, though it darkened to auburn in later life.
Rob Roy was born at Glengyle, at the head of Loch Katrine, as proved by the Baptismal Register of Buchanan Parish. His father was Donald MacGregor, and his mother Margaret Campbell. He later met his cousin Mary Helen MacGregor of Comar, who was born at Leny Farm, Strathyre, and they were married in Glenarklet in January 1693. She bore him four sons: James (known as Mor or Tall), Ranald, Coll, and Robert (known as Robin Oig or Young Rob). A cousin, Duncan, was later adopted.
|Offspring of Rob Roy MacGregor and Mary Helen MacGregor (c1671-)|
|James Roy MacGregor (1695-1754)|| |
|Colin Campbell MacGregor (1698-1735)||1698 Scotland, United Kingdom||1735 Kerkton, Scotland, United Kingdom|| Margaret Campbell (c1698-)|
Margaret McGregor (c1700-)
|Ranald MacGregor (1706-1786)|| |
|Robin Og McGregor (1717-1754)|| |
|Duncan MacGregor (c1720-)|
Along with many Highland clans, at the age of eighteen Rob Roy together with his father joined the Jacobite rising led by Viscount Dundee to support the Stuart King James who had been deposed by William of Orange. Although victorious in initial battles, "Bonnie Dundee" was killed and their fortunes fell. Rob’s father was taken to jail, where he was held on treason charges for two years. Rob’s mother Margaret’s health faltered and then failed during Donald’s time in prison. By the time Donald was finally released, his wife was dead, and his reason for living also gone. The Gregor chief never returned to his former spirit or health.
Rob Roy was badly wounded at the Battle of Glen Shiel in 1719, which saw the defeat of a Jacobite and Spanish expedition aiming to restore the Stuart monarchy.
Rob Roy became a well-known and respected cattleman — this was a time when cattle rustling and selling protection against theft was a commonplace means of earning a living. Rob Roy borrowed a large sum to increase his own cattle herd, but due to the disappearance of his chief herder, who was entrusted with the money to bring the cattle back, Rob Roy lost his money and cattle, and defaulted on his loan. As a result, he was branded an outlaw, and his wife and family were evicted from their house at Inversnaid, which was then burned down. After his principal creditor, James Graham, 1st Duke of Montrose, seized his lands, Rob Roy waged a private blood feud against the duke until 1722, when he was forced to surrender. Later imprisoned, he was finally pardoned in 1727. He died in his house at Inverlochlarig Beg, Balquhidder, on 28 December 1734.
Glengyle House, on the shore of Loch Katrine, dates back to the early 18th century, with a porch dated to 1707, and is built on the site of the 17th century stone cottage in which Rob Roy is said to have been born. Since the 1930s, the Category B-listed building had been in the hands of successive water authorities, but was identified as surplus to requirements and put up for auction in November 2004, despite objections from the Scottish National Party.
Descendants of Rob Roy settled around McGregor, Iowa, and in 1849 it was reported that the original MacGregor seal and signet was owned by Alex McGregor of Iowa. The Scots Gaelic clan seal was inscribed, "Triogal Ma Dh'ream/ Een dhn bait spair nocht", which was interpreted as "I am of royal descent/ Slay and spare not". The signet was a bloodstone from Loch Lomond, and was sketched by William Williams.
In 1878, the football club Kirkintilloch Rob Roy was founded and named in his memory.
In popular culture
1723 saw the publication of a fictionalized account of his life, The Highland Rogue. Rob Roy became a legend in his own lifetime, and George I was moved to issue a pardon for his crimes just as he was about to be transported to the colonies. The publication of Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott in 1817, further added to his fame and fleshed out his biography. William Wordsworth wrote a poem called "Rob Roy's Grave", during a visit to Scotland (the 1803 tour was documented by his sister Dorothy in Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland). Adaptations of his story have also been told in film, including Rob Roy, a 1953 film from Walt Disney Productions, and the 1995 Rob Roy directed by Michael Caton-Jones and starring Liam Neeson.
- ^ Carol Kyros Walker (1997). Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland by Dorothy Wordsworth. Yale University Press. See Appendix 5.
- ^ Louis Albert Necker, A voyage to the Hebrides, or western isles of Scotland;: with observations ..., p.80
- ^ William Williams (1920) Major William Williams' Journal of a Trip to Iowa in 1849. Annals of Iowa 7(4).
- ^ English Short-Title Catalogue T109114. Earlier attributions to Daniel Defoe are not accepted today on stylistic grounds; see The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature II 902 and John Robert Moore, A Checklist of the Writings of Daniel Defoe. 2d edition. [Hamden, Connecticut]: Archon Books, 1971.
- Nigel Tranter (1991). Rob Roy MacGregor. New York: Barnes and Noble. ISBN 1-897784-31-7 (2005 reprint).
- McGregor village museum with a King James Bible bearing Rob Roy's signature
- Rob Roy on the Web
- Undiscovered Scotland - Robert Roy MacGregor
- The MacGregor trilogy, by Nigel Tranter, Hodder & Stoughton, 1989. MacGregor's Gathering, 1706-1708. The Clansman, 1711-1716. Gold for Prince Charlie, 1743-1746.
- FAQs about Rob Roy
- Rob Roy MacGregor - The Legend and the Truth
- "Robert 'Rob Roy' MacGregor: outlaw and folk hero", by Brendan O'Brien, from Scotsman.com, 27 Jan 2005.
- Find-A-Grave Rob Roy MacGregor
- "Glengyle House. Built by Rob Roy MacGregor". http://www.broughtysands.co.uk/glengyle-house.htm. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
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