The surname of GREAR is a corruption of the name McGREGOR which was a baptismal name 'the son of Gregory' - meaning watchful. Gregory, the name of several early Popes, was a favourite name in the middle ages. 'Srioghal mo dhream (Royal is my race) is the claim of this, one of the most famous of Highland clans, and the principal branch of the Clan Alpine. The clan claim descent from Griogar, son of King Alpin, in the 8th century. The home of the clan was the eastern border of Argyll and the western border of Perthshire, including Glenorchy, Glenstrae, Glenlyon and Glengyle. The earliest possession of the clan, Glenorchy, previously owned by the Campbells, was bestowed on the MacGregors for services rendered to Alexander II in his conquest of Argyll. For a long time the MacGregors maintained possession of their lands by right of the sword, but the enmity of surrounding clan, and the inevitable retaliation by the MacGregors, earned them the reputation of being a turbulent clan. During these conflicts the Campbells were enabled to obtain grants of the MacGregor lands. On account of the many lawless deeds justly or unjustly laid to their charge, the name of Macgregor was proscribed in 1603 by Act of Parliament. The Rev. James MacGregor, one of the founders and first pastor of Londonderry , New Hampshire, was of Scottish origin. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker.
Origin of Name: Son of Gregory (flocksman)
Plant Badge: Pine
War Cry: Ard-choille
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