THE predecessors of the Roses of Kilravock settled in Nairnshire during the reign of King David I, the documentary history of the race commencing in the reign of Alexander II, at which time they held the lands of Geddes in Inverness. The Kilravock family have enjoyed their property through a descent of 27 generations. Hugh, the son and successor of Hugh Rose of Geddes, married Mary, daughter of Sir Andrew de Bosco of Redcastle, and thus obtained Kilravock, which was erected into a Barony in 1474. His son, William, had two sons, Andrew, the second, ancestor of the Roses of Auchlossan in Mar, and Hugh, his successor, whose son married Janet, daughter of Sir Robert Chisholm, Constable of Urquhart Castle, by whom he received a large accession to his lands. He left a son, Hugh, who was succeeded by his son, John, who married Isabella Cheyne of Esslemont. Hugh, son of this marriage, built the old tower of Kilravock in 1460. The castle is still inhabited. The Chiefs of the clan, as is usual in the Highlands, have always been styled “The Baron of Kilravock.”
The Strathearn tartan is said to have been worn by the father of Queen Victoria H.R.H. Edward, Duke of Kent, who was also Duke of Strathearn. As Colonel of the Royal Scots Regiment 1801-1820, he apparently sent a sample to Wilson’s of Bannockburn with a view to ‘dressing the gallant corps’. It is also the …
THIS clan claim descent from Gregor, a son of King Alpin, who ruled about 787. They had great possessions in Perthshire and Argyllshire. They held their lands by the sword, fighting bravely for their homes, and gave their enemies such good excuse to urge their dispossession that their name was suppressed by Parliament. In the thirteenth century they held the lands of Glenorchy. Later they appear as tenants of the Campbells. Patrick, who succeeded in 1390, had two younger sons John Dhu MacGregor of Glenstrae; and Gregor MacGregor of Roro, in Glenlyon. Ultimately the chieftainship went to the Glenstrae branch. In 1502 the line of Roro was dispossessed by the Campbells. In 1603 the MacGregors overthrew their oppressors, the Colquhouns of Luss, at Glenfruin, For this they were outlawed, and their Chief, Alexander MacGregor, with many of his followers, was executed in Edinburgh in 1604 ; but as late as 1744 MacGregor of Glengyle drew blackmail on the Highland Borders. The suppression of the name was annulled by Parliament in 1774. Rob Roy was of the House of Glengyle. Scott proved that the MacGregors were the real “Children of the Mist.” MacGregor of MacGregor and Balquhidder, whose line holds a Baronetcy, has been officially recognised as Chief of the clan.