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James Mohr MacGregor was the oldest son of Robert (Rob) Roy MacGregor. He was a Major during the Jacobite rising of 1745 and he fought, with honor alongside Prince Charles Edward Stuart at the Battle of Prestonpans when the Jacobite army defeated the Government Forces of Sir John Cope. He fought at Culloden as Captain of the Glengyle Battalion. But arrived too late to provide as much support as he would have liked to as he and the Glengyle battalion were in Sutherland confronting the Hanoverian Mackenzies and MacKays. He was imprisoned in Edinburgh for being associated with his brother, Robert Og's, abduction of Jean Keay. Robert Og was hung but James escaped from prison and died in Paris in 1754 at age 59.
James Mohr MacGregor married Annabella MacNicol, and they had thirteen children. His sixth child, who was the third of eight sons, was called James Roy MacGregor. After Culloden James Roy MacGregor dropped the name "MacGregor" due to the proscription of the name and took the name "Roy" as a surname.
James Mohr MacGregor was the brother of Colin Campbell MacGregor, Ranald MacGregor, and Robert (Robin Oig or Og) MacGregor. He died in exile in Paris, France.
Clan MacGregor are a highland Scottish clan having played their part in the history of the country. Being a powerful Clan at certain times in Scottish history, they can be dated back to as far as the early 800’s – over 1200 years of history. The clan have been horrifically persecuted over the years, initially they spread from Loch Awe to Glen Lyon and down onto Loch Lomond but the Loch Awe end was pinched in between the Campbells and the Stewarts who were two powerful enemies.
Although the MacGregors accounted of themselves bravely at Bannockburn,for some reason in the mid 13th century Robert the Bruce gave their lands around loch Awe to Clan Campbell who forced the MacGregors out of their homes causing them to withdraw into Glen Lyon. The main castle linked with Clan MacGregor is Meggernie Castle. This castle is located just north of Loch Tay in central Scotland, it was built and belonged to the clan in the early days when the land on both sides of Glen Lyon was theirs. About 1380 King Robert 2nd ( a Stewart King ) gave this to his illegitimate son. Which resulted in the Clan MacGregor once more being pinched between Campbells and Stewarts. The end result being the dispersion of the Clan from their homelands. Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe, a Campbell castle had MacGregors as keepers for around thirty years, in the late 1500's, until a feud resulted in the Campbells re-taking possession.
In 1603 King James 6th ( son of Mary Queen of Scots ) abolished the name MacGregor so all who bore it must renounce it or die. In 1603/04 the Clan Chief and 30 of his men were captured and hung outside St. Giles Kirk by the tollbooth.Anyone answering to the name was executed on the spot with women and children sold into slavery in the American states. Clan Campbell, with no love lost were more than happy to help enforce this and practically eradicated Clan MacGregor in the process as the remaining members fell on hardship during their outlaw period.
In 1671 Robert MacGregor was born although he had to assume his mother's name at that time. Sir Walter Scott was to immortalise him later as Rob Roy MacGregor. In 1745 Doune Castle and the fortresses of Balloch and Inversnaid were taken and held in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie by Gregor MacGregor of Glengyle, a nephew of Rob Roy. They were held while Charles and the Jacobites invaded England and on their return north it was also used to house the prisoners after the Battle of Falkirk. The Clan supported the Jacobite cause at Culloden. Eventually the persecution against the clan was repealed in 1774
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