A few years ago I did an extensive search of my family tree tracing back both my mother and father’s lineage through many generations. My mother was a MacGregor and I found out that the famous (or infamous) Rob Roy MacGregor was my 6th great grand uncle.
Robert Roy MacGregor was a Scottish outlaw and folk hero born in 1671 and who died 28th December 1734. At the age of 18 Rob Roy together with his father and many other highland clansmen joined the Jacobite rising of 1689 led by John Graham, 1st Viscount of Dundee, known as Bonnie Dundee, to support the Stuart King James VII.
Rob Roy was a respected cattleman and he borrowed a large sum to increase his cattle herd. His chief herder who was entrusted with the money disappeared so Rob Roy defaulted on his loan and was thus branded as an outlaw. His wife and family were evicted from their house at Inversnaid and the house then burned down. After his principal creditor, James Garaham, 1st Duke of Montrose, seized his lands Rob Roy waged a privated feud against the duke, raiding his cattle and robbing his rents.
Rob Roy’s feud against the Duke of Montrose continued 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, aged 63.
So during a recent trip back to Scotland I took the opportunity to visit the grave of my relative Rob Roy MacGregor which is located in the small church graveyard at Balquidder.
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