Children of the Mist

A little walk into the Scottish Highlands ;o)

“Scottish poet and author Sir Walter Scot called them “The Children of the Mist.” This was a fitting name for a people who from 1488 to 1775 (1775? What a coincidence!!!)  were stripped of all rights as Scottish citizens, and had to avoid all areas of population. The name MacGregor comes from the Gaelic “MacGrioghair” meaning “Son of Gregory.” With the motto “Royal is My Race,” this proud clan continually boasted of their ROYAL ancestry. They claim direct descent from Griogar, the son of KING ALPIN (833-841 A.D.), and have never failed to assert their seniority in the Alpinian “family.””


An Act of the Scottish Parliament from 1617 stated:

“It was ordained that the name of MacGregor should be abolished and that the whole persons of that name should renounce their name and take some other name and that they nor none of their name and that they nor none of their posterity should call themselves Gregor or MacGregor under pain of death …. that any person or persons of the said clan who has already renounced their names or hereafter shall renounce their names or if any of their children or posterity shall at any time hereafter assume or take to themselves the name of Gregor or MacGregor …. that every such person or persons assuming or taking to themselves the said name …. shall incur the pain of death which pain shall be executed upon them without favour.”


Clan Gregor Burial Ground


“The MacGregors were more boastful, adopting as their motto “S Rioghal mo dhream” — which means “ROYAL IS MY RACE.” However, they are not alone in royal ties, nor are the rest of the Siol Alpin clans.”


“In the Highlands of Scotland are SEVEN CLANS that claim descent from the royal line of King Alpin I who was the 28th and last king of the Dalriadic Scots. This Alpinian family, better known as the SIOL ALPIN, is one of the least discussed and more mysterious of the clan alliances in Highland history. The seven families or clans that make up this confederation are the MACNABS, the MACGREGORS, the MACKINNONS, the MACQUARRIES, the GRANTS, the MACAULAYS and the MACFIES.”


“It is a mistaken concept that all those living in Scotland are “Scots.” The name “Scots” more correctly belongs to the Highlanders, people quite different to the Lowlanders — as we have just seen. L. G. Pine understands this distinction:

The SCOTS had been originally a tribe FROM IRELAND who had settled IN ARGYLLSHIRE [DALRIADA] AND THE NEIGHBOURING ISLANDS. By a series of accidents, their name became applicable to the whole realm and people of Scotland. For many centuries, however, a DISTINCTION was made, BY SCOTS THEMSELVES, between people in the Highlands and in the Lowlands. The former were styled ‘Red-shanks,’ ‘wild Scots,’ and ‘savages,’ and they spoke a language quite different from English. — The Highland Clans. Charles E. Tuttle”



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