Yesterday was a huge day in Scottish history. With a fairly close vote, the citizens of Scotland made the historic decision to remain part of the United Kingdom. No doubt, you were reading about it and following along, as I was, as the votes rolled in.
My GGGG-Grandfather, Rev. William McGregor, was born about 1732 in Scotland in what our family history legend refers to as “Ossian’s Glen”. The closest thing that I can find after many years of research is called Glen Coe, supposedly the birthplace of Ossian. You can read more about the history of it here. Some of my fellow McGregor descendants believe that our immigrant ancestor William McGregor was born in Perth, but I do not. At that time in history, the Clan McGregor dwelled in the highlands of Scotland. They were also a warring clan – defending their rights and property from the likes of the Clan Campbell and others. The McGregors have a long history of enduring, persevering and overcoming – even to the point of having the use of their name proscribed or prohibited. It’s a long, involved history and one I am still working on after all these years.
If William McGregor’s father fought in the 1745 to 1746 Jacobite uprising, William would have just been a boy so it’s doubtful that he would have been called upon to fight. One immigration record indicates that a William McGregor arrived in North Carolina in 1745. If he had been born in 1732, he would have been just a teenage boy. Did he accompany his parents? We know from tracing the ancestors from the present backwards, that our William McGregor became a Baptist preacher who settled in Montgomery County, North Carolina. I’ve studied the papers from his work as a Baptist preacher which are housed at Wake Forest University. I’ve been to his home which has been restored because he sold the house and the land to the first physician in North Carolina. I’ve seen his ancient grave marker as well as the new one which has been placed there. I want to know more but there are obstacles. I’ve been to the County Courthouses in North Carolina only to find out that most records burned during the Revolutionary War and/or the Civil War.
As each vote was being cast in answer to the question at the poll: “Do you want to remain a part of the United Kingdom?”, I wondered what my highland McGregor ancestors would have had to say about it. Especially after the Battle of Culloden. Granted, it has been 300+ years and life is calmer in the highlands now. Still, I wonder. I have a pretty good idea though!
My goal for the Iowa blizzards this winter is to continue working on this family history…and finally getting the story written!
Above: Rev. William McGregor’s rebuilt home in Morrow Mountain State Park in Stanly County, North Carolina.
I’ve also written about my McGregor ancestor in an earlier post.
If you’re wondering how he could “only” be my GGGG-grandparent with being born circa 1732, it’s because I am the youngest of 4 daughters, born to the youngest of seven children. Previous grandfathers were also close to being the youngest in each family.