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     Edinchip, the residence of the Chief of the Clan Gregor in Perthshire.

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The selection of  the official logo for the 2010 International Olympics in Vancouver has resulted in a new era in Canadian national symbolism, which some say may rival our own maple leaf.  The winning logo is called "Ilanaaq" by its creator, Elena Rivera MacGregor, and its inspiration was a towering  innunguat on Vancouver's English Bay, near Stanley Park, which was built by Rankin Inlet native, Alvin Kanak, for Vancouver's Expo 86 and was left as a gift.

There are many innunguaqs in Canada, the largest being near Schomberg, Ontario.   There are also Canadian innunguaqs throughout the world, in front of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, at the headquarters of NATO in Brussels, and in Kandahar, Afghanistan honouring four of our soldiers killed by "friendly fire". 

This particular innunguaq is described in an Olympic press release as "a uniquely Canadian symbol of friendship, hospitality, strength, teamwork, and the vast Canadian landscape".

It will doubtlessly become very well known as the 2010 Olympics draws the attention of the world, and it is uniquely MacGregor by virtue of its creator.

Congratulations Elena!

Black, Clint (MacGregor pseudonym).  Clint Patrick BlackClint.jpg (2252 bytes)was born on 04 February, 1962 in New Jersey but was raised in Katy, a suburb of Houston, Texas.  He began playing musical instruments at an early age, first the mouth organ, then the guitar.

At the age of 15, he began writing songs, as well as performing at his brother Kevin's band.  In the early 80's he began busking on the streets of Katy, eventually working his way into coffee-houses, bars, and night clubs.

His first four singles; "Better man", "Killin' Time", "Nobody's Home" and "Walkin' Away", all hit number one on the country charts.  His first album sold more than 2 million copies, as did its follow-up, "Put yourself in my shoes."Clnt and his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, have had two children.

Clint has been described as the "nicest guy in show business."  He has also been  described as:  Reverent, Rollicking, Poignant, Laid-Back/Mellow, Cheerful, Organic, Amiable/Good-natured and Earnest.  p17248je74n.jpg (14424 bytes) He is a country music traditionalist and has established many firsts in the country music business.  He won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award in 1989 and was named top male vocalist in 1990.   In 1991, he married Lisa Hartman and joined the Grand Ole Oprey. 

Campbell, Sir Colin (MacLiver)   His outstanding skill, and courage in his leadership of the Highland Brigade, in particular, the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, has supplied the British Army with some of its finest traditions.  He was probably the most pugnacious officer on record.  He was wounded under heavy fire while crossing the Bidassoa river in the Basque country, about where Wellington beat Marshall Soult. He went on to the 'thin red line' in the Crimean War.  In between, he bloodily suppressed a West Indian revolt, enforced the debauchery of the Chinese in the Opium War, and, when he was past retirement age, advanced at the head of the Highland troops, to the second relief of Lucknow.  His christened name was 'Colin MacLiver' a MacGregor pseudonym, but due to a misunderstanding when aged 16, he was enlisted by his uncle as 'Campbell' in the 9th Foot.  He was wrongly entered and the facts were well authenticated, but some in government had not yet heard of the repeal of the latest MacGregor proscription.

General Henry Crerar   (MacGregor pseudonym)

General Crerar at left with Gen D. Eisehower, circa 1944

HENRY DUNCAN GRAHAM CRERAR (b. April 28, 1888, Hamilton, Ont., Can.--d. April 1, 1965, Ottawa, Ont.), Canadian army officer who was that country's leading field commander in World War II.

Crerar graduated from the Royal Military College (Kingston, Ontario) in 1910 and received a commission as an artillery officer. He soon quit the military for better-paying civilian work but rejoined in 1914 to fight in France, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, once again in the artillery. He remained in the army after World War I, holding various staff posts of increasing importance. In 1940, after Canada had entered World War II, Crerar was promoted to major general and became chief of the Canadian army's General Staff. In this post he worked to train and transport Canadian troops to Britain. He was promoted to lieutenant general in 1941 but then accepted a demotion in order to obtain a field command. He became commander of the 1st Canadian Corps, comprising three divisions, which fought in Sicily (July 1943) and Italy (from September 1943).

He was recalled to England in early 1944 to take command of the 1st Canadian Army, units of which landed on Juno Beach on D-Day (June 6, 1944) during the Normandy Invasion. Operating temporarily under Miles Dempsey's British 2nd Army, Canadian units took part in bitter fighting for the city of Caen (June-July) and then helped to close the northern arm of the Falaise-Argentan gap (August), in which large numbers of Germans were encircled and annihilated. By that time Crerar's army was directly under Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery as part of the 21st Army Group. Operating on the extreme left flank of the Allied drive across France, the 1st Canadian Army took the French Channel ports of Le Havre and Dieppe and then cleared the Scheldt River estuary and captured Antwerp in Belgium. From there, they drove into The Netherlands and then breached the northern end of the Siegfried Line (Germany's fortified western frontier). Crerar had been promoted to general in November 1944, and he retired in 1946.

Fisher, John Wiggins (1913-1981) (MacGregor pseudonym)

Perhaps it was because of the magical region where he was raised that John Fisher loved Canada so much that he later came to be nicknamed "Mr. Canada."

In 1943 John became the CBC's "Roving Reporter", travelling Canada from the Magdalen Islands to the Queen Charlottes to tell stories about the nation's people in the radio series John Fisher Reports. It was during this time that he got his nickname.

In 1957 he changed careers again to head the Canadian Tourist Association and in 1961 became special assistant to the then prime minister, John Diefenbaker. From 1963 to 1968 he was Centennial Commissioner, organizing Canada's 1967 Centennial Celebration. It was during this time that the name Mr. Canada stuck and he even became known by that name internationally.

In 1967 he received the Centennial Medal and the same year was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to the success of the Centennial celebrations 1967 as Commissioner of the Centennial Commission and as speaker and author on Canadian subjects." He was awarded honorary doctorates by several universities and in 1978 received the Queen's Jubilee Medal. Among his other awards - one of his earliest - was the Beaver Award in 1946 for his outstanding contribution as a broadcaster and commentator. He won two La Fleche trophies for "distinguished contribution to Canadian radio." He was named an honorary chief by several First Nation communities.

Mr. Canada died in 1981.

(Author's note:   I remember listening intently to his melodious voice on CHSJ radio from Saint John, New Brunswick in the early 1950s, recounting tales from Canada's past.)  To learn more about this remarkable MacGregor, please click on the following url:

DILL, Field Marshal Sir John Greer (1881-1944) Born at Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland, only son of John Dill and his wife Jane, née Greer, 1881; educated at Methodist College, Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

He was commissioned into 1 Bn, The Prince of Wales's Leinster Regt (Royal Canadians), 1901; service in Second Boer War, South Africa, 1901-1902; Assistant Adjutant, 1 Bn, The Prince of Wales's Leinster Regt (Royal Canadians), Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland, Shorncliffe, Kent, and Blackdown, Dorset, 1902-1906; Lt, 1903; Adjutant, 1 Bn, The Prince of Wales's Leinster Regt (Royal Canadians), Blackdown, Dorset, and Devonport, Devon, 1906-1909; Bde Signal Officer, UK, 1909; Capt, 1911; graduated from Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1914; General Staff Officer 3, Eastern Command, 1914.

He served in World War One, 1914-1918; as  Brigade Maj, 25 Bde, 8 Div, BEF (British Expeditionary Force), France, 1914-1916; Battles of Neuve Chapelle and Aubers Ridge, 1915; awarded DSO, 1915; General Staff Officer 2, 55 (West Lancashire) Div, Territorial Force, Western Front, 1916; Maj, 1916; General Staff Officer 2, Canadian Corps, Western Front, 1916-1917; Brevet Lt Col, 1917; General Staff Officer 1, 37 Div, Western Front, 1917; temporary Lt Col, 1917-1918; General Staff Officer 1, Operations Branch, General Headquarters, British Armies in France, 1917-1918; awarded CMG, 1918; temporary Brig Gen, 1918-1920; Brig Gen General Staff, Operations Branch, General Headquarters, British Armies in France, 1918-1919; Brevet Col, 1919. 

After the war, he was Brig Gen at General Staff and Chief Instructor, Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1919-1922; Col, 1920; commanded Welsh Border Bde, 53 (Welsh) Div, Territorial Army, 1922-1923; Col Commandant, 2 Infantry Bde, Aldershot, Hampshire, 1923-1926; Army Instructor, Imperial Defence College, London, 1926-1928; awarded CB, 1928; Brig General Staff, Western Command, Quetta, India, 1929-1931; Maj Gen, 1930; Commandant, Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1931-1934; Col, East Lancashire Regt, 1932; Director of Military Operations and Intelligence, War Office, 1934-1936; Lt Gen, 1936; General Officer Commanding British Troops in Palestine and Transjordan, 1936-1937; created KCB, 1937; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Aldershot Command, 1937-1939; Gen, 1939. 

In the second world war, he saw active service as General Officer Commanding 1 Corps, Belgium and France, 1939-1940; Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1940; Aide de Camp General to the King, 1940-1941; Chief of the Imperial General Staff, May 1940-Dec 1941; Governor-Designate, Bombay, India, 1941; FM, 1941; Head of British Joint Staff Mission, and Senior British Member, Combined Chiefs of Staff Committee, Washington DC, USA, 1942-1944; appointed GCB, 1942; Col Commandant, The Parachute Regt, 1942-1944; Col Commandant, Army Air Corps, 1942-1944; died, 1944; posthumously awarded US Distinguished Service Medal, 1944.

Greer, Germaine  (1939 -    ). Feminist icon, anarchist, author, academic.  Germaine Greer was born in 1939 Melbourne, Australia.  After education at the Star of the Sea Convent in Gardenvale, and then winning a Teacher’s College scholarship, she enrolled at Melbourne University in 1956. She graduated with a BA honors from Melbourne University in 1958, an MA with 1st class honors from Sydney University in 1963 and the following year she went to Cambridge University in England on a Commonwealth Scholarship. She received a PhD from Cambridge in 1968.

Her most renowned book is The female Eunoch (1970).  Other works include The Madwoman's Underclothes (1986), Slip-shod Sibyls (1995), and The Whole Woman (1999). She is currently Professor of English and Comparative Studies at Warwick University in England.

Editor's note:  Germaine has always stayed true to her own values and has consistently spoken out against her perception of male domination making her the world's foremost champion of the  Women's Liberation movement.  A most worthy descendent of perhaps the most stubborn of all Highland tribes.


Admiral James A. Greer US Navy (1833–1904).  Born 28 Feb 1833 in Cincinnati, Ohio, enlisted in the Navy in 1848. He entered the Naval Academy in 1853 and graduated as a Passed Midshipman the following year.

After participating in the Paraguay Expedition, he cruised the west African coast until the outbreak of the Civil War. Greer was serving on board San Jacinto 7 November 1861 when she stopped the British steamer Trent and removed the Confederate commissioners on their way to England, thereby nearly drawing Great Britain into the war on the Confederate side. Greer served in St. Louis from 1862 to 1863 and was then attached to Rear Admiral Porter's Mississippi Squadron.

 While in command of the ironclads Carondelet and Benton, he participated in the Vicksburg campaign and the shelling of Grand Gulf as well as the abortive Red River expedition. After commanding the Naval Station at Mound City, he assumed command of the flagship Blackhawk and then was in charge of conveying Army transports up the Tennessee River. A tour of duty as Assistant to the Commandant at Annapolis after the war was followed by command of Mohongo on the Pacific Station, where Greer was commended for defending American interests in Mexico.

After duty at the Naval Academy between 1869 and 1873, Greer returned to the Pacific Station. In 1878 he commanded Tigress when that ship was sent to find and aid Polaris, wrecked on an Arctic expedition. After special service in Constitution during the Paris Exposition, Greer held a variety of shore posts and then served as commander of the European Squadron from 1887 to 1889. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1892, he retired 28 February 1895. Admiral Greer died in Washington 17 January 1904.

Jane Greer (born Bettejane Greer, 1924)  If a single performance defines film noir, it's Jane Greer's seductive and sinister turn as Kathie Moffatt in "Out of the Past". This serpentine saga of lust and larceny is a noir version of The Story of O: a woman who appears enslaved by men's desires actually possesses the power to destroy everyone.

Bettejane Greer made her way to Hollywood from Washington, D.C., modeling Army uniforms and singing with a radio orchestra. A LIFE layout garnered interest from several studios – and veteran crooner Rudy Vallee, who swept the 19 year-old Greer down the aisle in 1943. It was a combustible, and brief, union. The pact she couldn't escape was the one inked with RKO studio boss Howard Hughes, who added her to his burgeoning list of brunette bad girls.

She almost had her career snuffed out by Hughes, after she resisted his advances. Greer was determined to be accepted as an actress, not as one of "Howard's girls."

So, at a feisty 22 years of age, she sued the richest and most powerful man in Hollywood to get out of her contract – and then dated him. "I liked his boyishness," she recalls. "We became good friends, not just lovers."
Greer was wasted in middling melodramas before making a vivid impression in the excellent 1947 noir "They Won't Believe Me", as one of scheming playboy Robert Young's duped conquests. Good notices earned her the plum role between Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas in "Out of the Past", where she projected wiles well beyond her years.

She may have betrayed Mitchum on film, but she was loyal in life: while numerous actresses steered clear of him after his infamous 1948 pot bust, Greer eagerly reunited with Mitchum for "The Big Steal", his "comeback" film.

She abandoned noir for more diverse roles, but Mother was the one that suited her best. She had three boys with second husband Edward Lasker, all of them with careers in the movie and music industries.

The spell Greer cast as Kathie Moffatt has spanned decades: it accounts for her appearances in neo-noirs such as "The Outfit" (1973), "Against All Odds" (the 1984 remake of Out of the Past), and David Lynch's TV noir, "Twin Peaks". She even appeared with Mitchum in a Saturday Night Live parody of Out of the Past, a sure sign you've attained icon status.

Professor John Greer RCA, has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally for the past 38 years.  He has received numerous awards and is represented in many public and private collections in North America, Asia and Europe. His work can be seen on his website.

JUDY GREER  July 20 1975, Detroit, Michigan, USA.

With a genuine gift for comedy and an engaging on-screen presence, Judy Greer has quickly become one of Hollywood's most captivating young talents. Having appeared in such diverse films as Jawbreaker (1999), What Women Want (2000), The Wedding Planner (2001) and Adaptation (2002), as well as a number of upcoming feature film projects, Greer turns in scene-stealing performances opposite some of the industry's biggest stars.
Greer recently starred opposite Jennifer Garner in Columbia Pictures' romantic comedy, 13 Going On 30 (2004), directed by Gary Winick. Greer played an office colleague to Garner's character, with whom she shares a checkered past.

She co-stars in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's The Village (2004), opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver and William Hurt. Set in 1897, the film revolves around a close-knit community that lives with the knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods surrounding them.

Maj. Gen. Robert Evans Greer was born in Orange, Calif., in 1915, and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy June 12, of MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT EVANS GREER

Immediately thereafter, General Greer entered Primary Flying School at Glendale, Calif., followed by Basic Flying School at Randolph Field, Texas, and later graduated from Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas in June 1940.

After flying school, General Greer was retained as a flight instructor. He served in this capacity and in various supervisory and command assignments, at Randolph Field, Texas, Maxwell and Gunter fields, Ga., and finally Hendricks Field at Sebring, Fla.

In October 1943, General Greer joined the 58th Bomber Wing at Smoky Hill Air Base, Salina, Kan., as the assistant operations officer (A-3). He was a member of the first B-29 flight crew to leave the U.S. in March 1944 for the China-Burma-India Theater.

After serving one year in the CBI Theater as assistant A-3 of the 58th Bomber Wing and supply officer (A-4) of the 20th Bomber Command, General Greer accompanied the 58th Bomber Wing to Tinian Island (Marianas) in March 1945, where he served as deputy chief of staff for supply and maintenance. At the end of hostilities in August 1945, he served on Iwo Jima and a month later assisted in staging a long distance flight of three B-29's from Hokaido, Japan, to Chicago, Ill.

Returning to the United States the latter part of 1945, General Greer was ordered to Wright Field, Ohio, where he served as assistant to the chief of administration for technical matters at Headquarters, Air Materiel Command. Selected to instruct electrical engineering at West Point, he attended Columbia University for nine months prior to his two-year assignment at the academy.

In June 1949, General Greer was ordered to Headquartaers U.S. Air Force, Office of the Assistant for Atomic Energy. After three years in the Pentagon, he attended the Air War College and was retained on the staff and faculty after graduation in 1953.

In response to a request by Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, General Greer was ordered to Paris in July 1954 to serve on the special staff to Field Marshal Montgomery.

On termination of this assignment, General Greer was assigned to Headquarters 49th Air Division and later to Third Air Force, in England, where he served as director of operations and deputy chief of staff-operations, respectively.  During this tour, he checked out in tactical jet aircraft in which he maintained currency until his departure in July 1957. He was then assigned back to Headquarters U.S. Air Force as deputy assistant, chief of staff for guided missiles. He served in this capacity until July 1959 when he became assistant chief of staff for guided missiles.

General Greer was assigned as vice commander for satellite systems, Air Force Ballistic Missile Division, until a major reorganization of the Air Research and Development Command and the Air Materiel Command was effected on April 1, 1961. At that time, he became vice commander, Space Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, Los Angeles, Calif.

The Space Systems Division manages and directs the research and development of military space programs assigned to the Air Force and conducts certain scientific space projects in support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Army and the Navy.

A rated command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours, General Greer's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Air Force Longevity Service Award with four oak leaf clusters.

Gregg, AllanBorn in Edmonton, Alberta, Allan went to the University of Alberta where he attained his Bachelor of  Arts and Master of Arts degrees in political science.

In the past 15 years, he has been a best selling author, Allan Gregg, Polster and Interviewer extraordianaire. chairman of the Toronto International Film Festival; founding shareholder in the YTV network; and co-manager and co-publisher of five time Juno Award-winners, The Tragically Hip.  He continues to write on topics ranging from politics to popular culture, in a variety of national and international publications, and is a highly respected political strategist, social commentator, and rock-music aficionado.

Presently, he is host and contributing editor to Studio 2's interview segments Gregg & Company, airing twice weekly during TVO's flagship current affairs program and Allan Gregg in Conversation with . . . , airing Sunday evening.  This involvement with these shows has put him in the enviable position of interviewing some of the world's most distinguished personalities and cutting-edge thinkers - a role for which he is extremely well suited.

Before joining TVO, Allan served as president and co-founder of Decima Research, and was a key strategist of the Conservative Party of Canada.  Outside his professional commitments, Allan works with several high-profile organizations, including the Strategic Counsel, the writers Development Trust and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Gregory, AdamYoung Canadian Country singer.  Adam  delivers the songs on his debut, 'The WayAdamGreg.gif (27510 bytes) I'm Made,' with such flair and  poise, one may be amazed to discover he is still a high school student. A quiet, polite young man -- any trace of youthful shyness disappears when Adam sings. His deep, rich voice brings a confident poignancy to songs of   hope and dreams. From the all-out positivity of "Horseshoes" to the dedicated heart of "No Vacancy" and the father and son conversation of "Facts Of Life," Adam identifies with all the material, even the ones  about love. "I know for a fact I'm too young to have a girlfriend,  he says with a smile, but I know one day I'll find that true love and that  makes it easy to identify with a song that talks about it.

Gregory, James, of Aberdeen.  Inventor of the reflecting telescope,  which permitted the human mind to explore the remotest depths of space before the advent of radar astronomy.

Greig, EdvardA son of another Aberdeen family compelled to adopt the name Greig and flee to Norway, who through the medium of Norse tradition and landscape imparted anew the natural lyricism of his clan, as one of the world's greatest composers.

Greig, Grand Admiral Sir Samuel.  (1735-1788)    (Greig assumed from MacGregor).  This naval officer was sent on loan by the British Royal Navy to the Imperial Russian Navy as a lieutenant, under the auspices of Catherine the Great.  His mission was to modernize the naval tactics and equipment of the Imperial Russian Navy , at that time, in competition with the Swedes and the Turks.

By personal courage and skill, he rose Sir Samuel Grieg, Creator of Russian Sea Power rapidly in the ranks, much faster than he would have in the Royal Navy.  He commanded the Russian fleet at the battle of Hogeland, where the Russians defeated the Swedes and put an end to Swedish ambitions in Europe. He was mortally wounded in that battle and was given such a barbarically gorgeous funeral by the Empress that it was featured by every newspaper in Europe. He was so successful in his mission that he became known as the "Creator of Russian sea power,  "and a national holiday was declared in Russia in memory of him.

In spite of this record and numerous medals and honours bestowed on him, he is not mentioned in accounts of the Battle of Hogeland by the Encyclopaedia Britannia. For a brief time, he had another Scot under his command, Admiral John Paul Jones, later to become known as "the father of the American Navy."

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King, (a MacGregor pseudonym) William Lyon MacKenzie: (1874-1950):  Probably the most powerful MacGregor who ever lived, he was Prime Minister of Canada for 7829 days, longer than any other leader in the British Commonwealth.
King was born in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario on December 17th, 1874,and educated at the University of Toronto, the University of Chicago, and Harvard.  King aged 14 with his parents and his older sister He was a reporter on the Globe and Mail (Canada's national newspaper) from 1895 to 1896 and a fellow in political science at Harvard University from 1897 to 1900.
As an expert on labour, he was called upon by the Canadian government for help in organizing the Department of Labour in 1900 and was deputy Minister of Labour from 1900 to 1908, serving as chairman of royal commissions on industry and immigration and as conciliator for the government in various strikes.
  In 1906, he represented Canada in negotiations with the British government on immigration problems, and in 1908, he was elected to the Federal Parliament as a Liberal, representing Waterloo, Ontario.  A year later, he was appointed Minister of  Labour in the cabinet of Sir Wilfred Laurier.
  During World War I, King went to the U.S. under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation, serving as  adjuster and investigator of industrial relations and production to various large corporations in the U.S.  He quickly became very close with the Rockefellers and was described as the best friend of  John D. Rockefeller Jr...
King chose Canada vis-a-vis the United States, not once, but twice-; he was offered a teaching position at Harvard in 1900, and in 1917 he turned his back on a lucrative consulting career with the Rockefellers  to return home to Canada to run for Parliament.
The Imperial Conference of 1923 gave King his greatest personal triumph of his career.   This conference was the decisive one in Empire relations.  King was primarily responsible for reversing the tendency of the Commonwealth from being a centrist British-controlled Empire to  a Commonwealth association that respected the nationalism and democratic principles of the Dominions.  At the final session, Jan Smuts of South Africa turned to King and remarked, "You ought to be satisfied, Canada has had her way in everything." It was a remarkable tribute to a remarkable performance.
  King's resignation in a dispute with the Governor-General in June, 1926brought on a 3 month government crisis, at the end of which, he resumed the Prime Minister's office.  In 1928, King signed the Kellogg-Briand Pacton behalf of Canada.  King's government fell in 1930, but in 1935,he became Prime Minister for the third time.
King was the architect of the modern Liberal Party of Canada, and moulded it into the strongest and most popular Federal party.  It became known as 'the party of the man on the street,' and would go on to form more governments than any other in this country.Throughout much of the war, Canada was the second largest allied contributor to the war effort.
King was leader of the country during World War II, and oversaw the expansion of Canada's armed Forces to the extent that the Canadian Army played a major part in the invasion of Normandy and the eventual defeat of  the German/Italian war machine. Most of the allied airmen of the Second World War were trained in Canada as part of the BCATP (British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.)  The Royal Canadian Air Force was the third largest Air Force in the world and the Royal Canadian Navy, (which supplied 110 warships for the Normandy invasion), became the third largest navy in the world.
Under the post-war King government, Canada was the first country to completely pay off to the U.S., dept incurred during the war.  Meanwhile, Canada forgave the United Kingdom over 1 billion dollars of debt in a magnanimous gesture that was without equal.
King was chairman of the Canadian delegation to the UN Conference in 1945 and to the Paris Peace Conference a year later.  He resigned as Minister of External Affairs in 1945 and as Prime Minister in 1948. 

His literary works include: Industry and Humanity , A Study of the Principles Underlying Industrial Reconstruction (1918),Canada at Britain's Side (1941), and Canada and the Fight for Freedom (1944).

William Lyon MacKenzie King, Canada's longest serving Prime Minister

Author's Note:
It may surprise some to see me include King as a MacGregor; however, after exhaustive research, I feel I can rightfully claim him as a fellow clansman due to the following facts:

*  King's
Christian name, 'William' was and is a favourite MacGregor choice.  (My own father's name was 'William.'  So is one of my sons).
*  W.L.M. King's paternal great grandfather, John King, settled in Aberdeen shire, Scotland, the only place on this planet where the surname 'King' was synonymous with 'MacGregor.'  While King' was not solely a MacGregor-sponsored surname in England, in Scotland, IT WAS DEFINITELY RECOGNIZED AS SUCH.
* King's father, grandfather, and great grandfather were all named 'John', a favourite MacGregor Christian name. (Since the eighteenth century, more MacGregors have been named 'John' and 'James' than any other names.)
*  King's father, grandfather, and great grandfather all married Scottish Highland women.  In Britain, Englishmen seldom  married Highland women, as most felt the Scottish lassies were 'foreign' and socially beneath them. (Highlanders stuck to their own.'
(It must be remembered that up until the late 19th century, all Highlanders spoke a Gaelic that was incomprehensible to an Englishman.)
*  King and his father were both short of stature and dark-haired; classic MacGregor traits.
*  King's long-time private secretary was 'Fred A. MacGregor ', the only male person to enjoy such a long  intimate association with King.
* The only authorized biography of King was granted to, researched and published by R. MacGregor.  (It is a well known fact that members of Highland clans feel most comfortable amongst other clansmen, especially those of first and second generation Canadians.)
* Both King and his father studied law, but became journalists, a favourite MacGregor vocation.
*  All four of King's grandparents were born and raised in rural Scotland as devout Presbyterians,  with the betterment of the common man as their life's ambitions- as befitting the MacGregor passion for fair play.

Are all these above facts mere coincidences?  I don't think so. The question begs to be asked, Why did King not publicly identify himself as a MacGregor?   It must be remembered he was born in a family of lawyer/journalists who depended on their popularity with the establishment as a bulwark of their successes.
Also, King was very dedicated to his mother, a daughter of his namesake, the 1837 rebel William Lyon MacKenzie.  His mother had a tremendous influence on him which may have bordered on the unhealthy.  As a consequence, his mother's family 
became paramount in his personal life.
King had a fetish for seeking friends in the right places and cultivating them for his future gain and influence, and he was good at it!  He had numerous British, American, and European contacts in very high positions of power and influence.  To come out of the closet and declare he was a product of the 'murdering' MacGregor clan, would have alienated many of his aristocratic English acquaintances - for certain.
Old prejudices die hard.  I have personally listened to accounts where a MacGregor was thrown out when his fiancée's father, a Campbell, found out he was a MacGregor.  What's in a name?  It seems more than the casual observer may be aware.

McAdams, Rachel: (1976 - ) Canada's Rachel McAdams is riding high in Hollywood, and now she's likely to make even more waves as a result of her new thriller, "Red Eye".  But she insists she is definitely not the Hollywood type-- which is why she continues to live in Toronto.

Rachel seems perfectly at home, sitting with reporters in a luxurious hotel suite and chatting about her new summer movies -- the upcoming Red Eye, in which she finds herself terrorized on an airliner, and in the current Wedding Crashers, in which she is the only normal member of a totally dysfunctional family.

She also has the California Casual look -- hair pulled back in a loose ponytail, the combination of black polo shirt and black pinstripes jacket with floral embroidery on the cuffs.  But if you tell her that she fits easily into the Tinseltown scene, she will open those expressive eyes wide and shake her head gently.

Despite her last year's success in The Notebook and Mean Girls, she doesn't really consider herself the Hollywood type.

Rachel explains "Its a challenge to keep a balance, but it seems to get easier the more that I get into it.  I think living in Canada really helps me personally because I can just step away from the business."

Owen Wilson, who co-starred in Wedding Crashers, says she is one of the finest performers he has ever worked with.  Wes Craven, the Director of Nightmare on Elm Street, and Red Eye, recognized Rachel's on-screen charisma and her enormous emotional range.  He said that working with her was an "enormous pleasure".

Rachel still sees herself as the kid from London, Ontario who has had the good luck to become a Hollywood star.  Furthermore, she will never see herself as the ultimate in sophistication.

Rachel is a beautiful and talented rising star and it is a pleasure for me to include her in my list of famous MacGregors.  

Donald MacGregor

MacGregor, Donald : (1818-1887) 
He was born in Glasgow, Scotland on May 18, 1818.  He moved to Houston,  Texas in 1849.  He served as a trustee of Austin College from 1858 to 1884.  He assumed the office of president  in 1885 and served in that capacity until his death in 1887.


MacGregor, Ewan  (1971 -  Described as "The most exciting male actor today", Ewan exploded onto the cinematic scene when he garnered one of the most sought after roles ever as Obi-Wan-Kenobi   in George Lucas' 3 new installments of 'Star Wars'  His most With Nicole Kidman at Cannes Film Festival   recent film was 'Moulin Rouge' with co-star Nicole Kidman.

Ewan MacGregor was born March 31, 1971 in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland.  At sixteen, Ewan left Crieff and Morrison Academy, where his father James is a Career Advisor and Physical Education Teacher to gain worldly experience with the Perth Repertory Theatre.  As Obi-Wan-Kenobi His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy.

Ewan has starred in several British TV series, and numerous first rate movies, including, Lipstick, Being HumanScarlet and Black, Shallow Grave, The Pillow Book , Velvet Gold mine, Trainspotting, Nightwatch , A Life Less Ordinary, among others. Ewan is married to production designer Eve Mavrakis, and has a daughter Clara Mathilde, born February, 1996.Ewan MacGregor, in Moulin Rouge

He has made trips to Morrison Academy to give lectures on the film business and acting and to participate in the Crieff Highland Games.  Ewan is involved in numerous charities, organizations, and causes, doing his part whenever possible.  Ewan makes his home in London and has no plans to move to Hollywood.

Ewan MacGregor as Obi-Wan-Kenobi in Episode IV of Star Wars. Ewan is known for totally immersing himself into his characters.  He shaved his head and lost 28 pounds for his role as a heroin addict in Trainspotting, then donned a wig and top hat to play a devious bachelor in Emma.  Ewan is one of the most promising young actors today and will, no doubt, become a larger presence in the film industry.

His latest appearance in a film was as Obi-Wan-Kenobi in Star Wars, Episode IV (Attack of the Clones).

MacGregor, Arthur

Arthur MacGregor's research interests span the areas fora-macgregor.jpg (8212 bytes) which he is curator in the Ashmolean Museum - antiquities of the Roman Anglo-Saxon, medieval and post-medieval periods. He is chairman of the Finds Research Group 700 - 1700. He has interests, too, in the exploitation of animals during that period and is a committee member of the Paris-based research group, L'Homme et l'Animal. Much of his personal research is on the history of museums: he is co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of the History of Collections. He is also Director of the Society of Antiquaries.

MacGregor, Malcom Og (Callum)  The oldest son of Gregor MacGregor, who was the son of Dougal Kier, who was the son of Gregor, who was the son of John of GlenOrchy. the last MacGregor Laird of GlenOrchy.

Callum led the Clan Gregor at Glen Fruin and subsequently had a high price on his head.  He attempted to carry off an heiress, a relative of the Earl of Argyll, during the severe proscription about 1610.  The Earl tried hard to catch him.  Knowing he often frequented a public house above Balquhidder, he surrounded it with a band of retainers.  Callum not being inside, the Earl went in for a whisky, bred and cheese.   Callum with a gillie arrived later and cautiously peered through the window.  He heard the Earl say he wished he had as firm a hold of Callum as he had of the hunk of cheese he was grasping.  Callum's gillie cocked his flintlock to shoot Argyll but Callum would not allow such a cowardly act.  Later Callum wrote to Argyll and told him about the incident.  To his great credit, the Earl obtained a pardon for Callum from the Privy Council.

There is a hillock in Glen Ogle, that short but awesome Glen that runs from LochEarnhead to Glen Dochart, which is named in Gaelic "Meall a Mhadaidh".  (In English, the knoll of the wild dog).  It is here that Callum was being pursued by the Campbells headed by a bloodhound.  As the hound came bellowing over the summit of  this rocky lump, Callum, who was lying in wait, shot it with his long-barreled flintlock.  He was then able to make good his escape knowing that the "wry-mouths", however keen, could not pick up his scent.  His gun is still preserved.

On another escapade, he was hiding on an islet in Loch Katrine, and Campbell's men were camped on the woody shore, quite a long way off, but near enough for voices to carry over the water.  Callum had taken the precaution of sinking all the boats except the one he was using himself.  Argyll, knowing the islet to be barren, thought he would starve Callum into surrender, so he sat down with his men to await the event.  One of the band, a cobbler by trade, lit a fire to prepare some tea.  Callum. directed by the smoke took his very good gun and shot the cobbler, killing him instantly.  As he fired he cried out the cryptic sentence, "Thugald thall a chrom thruaill sloightear".  (Get out of my way, you greasy crook!)

In Gaelic, a crook is also a cobbler.  The Argyll men were so astounded at the crack of the gun followed by the verbal crack, both hitting the bull's eye, that they concluded Callum had the second sight.  They set off hurriedly, never to return, and Callum lived to enjoy a peaceful old age in GlenGyle.

The grandson of Callum was no other than Rob Roy.

Major-General Sir Evan MacGregor of MacGregor, Chief of the Children of the Mist, Baronet and 19th Chief of the Clan Gregor.   G.C.H., K.C.B., Governor of Dominica and the Windward Islands (lived 1785-1841).    Sir Evan married Lady Elizabeth Murray, daughter of the 4th Duke of Atholl.

He was wounded in seven places when treacherously attacked, with his own sword sheathed, while receiving the surrender of Fort Talneir in India in 1818:  receiving severe kris wounds in the left shoulder, left side, and in two places on his right side-not to mention a sabre wound across the mouth, a second right through the nose, and a third nearly cut off his right arm above the elbow joint. 

The wicket gate had been slammed shut behind him, but his men led by Captain Peter MacGregor, had thrust in a musket from outside to prevent the gate from closing completely.  They rushed the fort and rescued him, although Captain MacGregor was shot dead.  The treacherous killedar commanding the fort was hanged on the following morning. 

This picture was painted four years later, when Sir Evan at the head of a 'tail' of his clansmen guarded the Honours of Scotland; and at the great royal banquet in Edinburgh given by King George IV, the MacGregor chief personally proposed the loyal toast: 'The Chief of Chiefs - The King'.

MacGregor, Sir Even (1842-1926) A civil servant who served as permanent secretary of the British Admiralty (l884-1907) during a period of immense development of naval infrastructure

McGregor,  Glenn  ( Born 1965).  Glenn studied communications at the University of Ottawa and worked for nine years as associate editor of the satirical news magazine, Frank.  He joined the Ottawa Citizen in 1998 and now works as a national affairs reporter.

Glenn's book of satirical postage stamps, "Insufficient Postage", was published in 1995. That year, he won the Amnesty International Canada Media Award for a story he wrote about Billy Keith McGregor, a death row inmate in Oklahoma. 

Glenn and his partner, Shelley Page in southern China with their baby girl, Scarlet Jun Ni McGregor Page.  

MacGregor, General Gregor
Simon Bolivar's "right hand man", he was the grandson of Gregor Glun Dhubh, a nephew of Rob Roy.  A veteran of the Napoleonic Wars, he fought in such sanguinary battles as the second battle of Carabobo in 1821, which decided the fate of a region larger than France and Great Britain together.  There are numerous monuments to this real hero, although his exploits have gone unnoticed by the British Government and press.

Sir Gregor MacGregor of MacGregor, 6th Baronet and 23rd Chief of the Gregor Clan.  A professional soldier, having been Brigade Major of the Parachute Brigade, and Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.  Born 1925 - died 2003.

Official Obituary from the Dundee Courier
Tuesday, 1st April 2003

Death of Brigadier Sir Gregor MacGregor

Brigadier Sir Gregor MacGregor of MacGregor, 6th Baronet and 23rd Chief of Clan Gregor, has died at the age of 78.

Sir Gregor, who is succeeded by his son Major Malcolm MacGregor, died in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, on Sunday after a short illness. He lived at the family home Bannatyne, at Newtyle.

Born in Edinburgh in 1925, the son of Captain Sir Malcolm MacGregor and Gylla Lady MacGregor of MacGregor OBE, he was educated at Eton and was commissioned in the Scots Guards in 1944.

He saw active service in north-west Europe during the second world war and later served in Palestine, Malaya and Borneo, and was also a member of the Royal Company of Archers (Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland).

He was also Brigade Major, 16th Parachute Brigade and rose through the ranks to become Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion Scots Guards and Lt. Colonel commanding Scots Guards.

Following a two-year spell at Fort Benning in the USA, Sir Gregor became Defence and Military Attaché at the British Embassy in Athens between 1975 and 1978, before becoming Commander of the regiment's Lowlands Battalion, based at Edinburgh Castle until 1980.

n his civilian life he was also Grand Master Mason of Scotland 1988-93.

Since becoming clan chief in 1958, Sir Gregor had travelled extensively to MacGregor gatherings, in particular to America and Canada, and was seen as a guiding hand to the clan throughout his tenure.

In 1975 he oversaw the 200th anniversary of the lifting of the Act of Proscription, imposed in 1693 by William of Orange, which outlawed the clan name. The Act was finally repealed in 1775.

Sir Gregor is also survived by his wife Fanny and younger son Ninian.

Note:  The author had the honour of meeting Sir Gregor at Halifax International Airport upon his arrival from Scotland during the International Gathering of the Clans in Nova Scotia  in 1979. 

MacGregor, Reverend Dr. James Drummond (1759-1830)

A tall singular bearded man of 27, a Presbyterian minister from the Loch Earn hills in northern Perthshire, educated at the University of Glasgow,  named at birth - James Drummond, (at a time when the MacGregor name was still proscribed) changed his name to "MacGregor" while still attending University at Glasgow.
His father was James Drummond, who was born in 1716-17 at Portmore, now St. Fillans, on Loch Earn in Comrie Parish, Perthshire.  Drummond learned English while working for twenty years at the theology school at Alloa.  His wife was Jannet Dochart (a MacGregor pseudonym) and a cousin.  Her parents were servants on an estate at nearby Duneira, now Dunira.    James senior  died on 8 January 1801, Jannet died in 1786, while in her mid 70s. 
At Glasgow University and the theology school at Alloa, Rev. James MacGregor had fully expected a call to preach in the Highlands of Scotland, as Gaelic was his native tongue.  He was taught English by his father and minister.  He studied the origins of Gaelic in its different forms, of which he became an authority.  When the Presbyterian General Synod of Scotland chose him to go to the wilderness of the new world, it surprised him, but he dutifully boarded the vessel 'Lilly' in Greenock and travelled with several other highlanders bound for Pictou.
Rev. James MacGregor first set foot in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1786.  His first impression was of a Scottish loch, but the scarcity of houses and the immensity of the Spruce and Pine forest at first terrified him and caused him anxiety.  Fortunately he stayed and contributed more than anyone else in his lifetime to the well being and cohesiveness of the Highland Scots of Nova Scotia.

He was referred to as "MacGregor of the verses" for his keen mind and his poetic abilities.  He wrote a history of "The MacGregors of Roro" and he wrote a book of Gaelic poems, which he published in Scotland in 1818.  Many of his creations were sung in Gaelic by his congregations, (as most could not read or write in English).  He travelled constantly, often stopping only for a quick meal and a sermon.  He once preached 37 sermons in three weeks.  He was the only Protestant preacher in the Pictou area for twenty years.  His authority extended over Prince Edward Island and south eastern New Brunswick.

His first marriage was to Anna MacKay of Inverness, who had come to Pictou on the Hector in 1773 as a baby.  She was born in 1772 and died on 6 November 1810, following the birth of her fourth son.  Premature death was not unusual among the wives of Pictou men.
Rev. James MacGregor remarried in 1812 to Janet Auld, a widow of Rev. Peter Gordon, who had served under MacGregor in P.E.I.  For over forty years, Rev. MacGregor plied his trade and kept exact records in his journals. He baptized more than 160 souls in the first few years of his ministry.  He was often the only person within hundreds of miles who could read or write. 

He is remembered as a great humanitarian, the regional chronicler, the one-man Presbyterian ministry in northern Nova Scotia, and a great many other honours with which only very exceptional men are so endowed.  He was undoubtedly the most powerful and influential person in his realm.  He pioneered the establishment of higher centres of learning in an effort to improve the lot of the largely illiterate Highlanders in his parish.  It is not an overstatement to say that he was the 'godfather' of the protestant Highlanders of northern Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and south-eastern New Brunswick during his lifetime with them.

Within the town of Pictou, there lies a beautiful cemetery called "The MacGregor Community Cemetery " in his honour.   Rev.  Dr. James MacGregor is now universally considered to be the most outstanding MacGregor ever to have emigrated from Scotland.  

MacGregor, James (1838-1918) This native of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia became a ship owner and merchant prior to being summoned to the Canadian Senate. He subsequently became lieutenant governor or Nova Scotia.

MacGregor, James Gordon, 1852-1913)  Physicist (born in Halifax, Nova Scotia 31 Mar 1852; died at Edinburgh, Scotland 21 May 1913). Educated at Dalhousie University, MacGregor was awarded a Gilchrist scholarship in 1871 and studied under Peter Guthrie Tait at Edinburgh and Gustav Wiedeman at Leipzig. When he received a doctorate from London in 1876, he had already had 4 papers published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

In 1879 Dalhousie offered him its newly established chair of physics. During his 22 years there he published about 60 papers on several aspects of the electrical and thermal properties of solutions and was elected to both the Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He helped found the ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA and was a charter member. In 1888 he published An Elementary Treatise on Kinematics and Dynamics. He succeeded P.G. Tait at Edinburgh in 1901.

MacGregor, James Grierson, was born at Dornoch, Scotland in 1905. In 1906 the MacGregor family moved to Canada and settled on a homestead west of Westlock, Alberta. James MacGregor attended the University of Alberta and graduated in 1926 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Three years later he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the same university. MacGregor then joined Canadian Utilities Limited as a professional engineer, rising to the position of general manager in 1950. In 1952 he resigned from the company to become Chairman of the Alberta Power Commission. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1970.
In 1949 MacGregor began writing and released his first book entitled Blankets and Beads. Over the course of his writing career he wrote 20 books about the history of Alberta and Western Canada including The Land of Twelve Foot Davis, Behold the Shining Mountains and Northwest of 16, an autobiographical account of his parents' experiences homesteading near Westlock. His writings have brought him awards from the Historical Society of Alberta, the Canadian Historical Association and the American Association for State and Local History. MacGregor was granted an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta in 1971 and the Medal of Service of the Order of Canada in 1973. He also served a term as Governor of the Glenbow-Alberta Institute.
James MacGregor died in Edmonton on October 10, 1989. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Francis, his son, Jim and his two daughters, Helen and Jean.

MacGrigor, Sir James, The father of the British Army Medical Corps,  his conscientious labours and organization procured the praises of one of Napoleon's chief officers in the Peninsular War; who remarked "The British forces are under sanitary discipline; the French Army is a perambulating brothel."

MacGregor, John (1797-1857) A Ross-shire native who became High Sheriff of Prince Edward Island, Canada and a member of  the P.E.I. Colonial Legislature.

Captain John A. MacGregor, (1825 - 1902) Confederate Army, C.S.A.   Place of birth: Macon, Georgia.  In June 1846 he enlisted in the Macon Guards, aJ. A. McGregor Georgia Militia unit, and was mustered as 3rd Sergeant. Now part of the 1st Georgia Volunteer Infantry, he saw service in Mexico until his discharge, with the unit, in New Orleans in May 1847.  In 1861 he enlisted in the 17th Georgia Infantry, commanded by Col H. L. Benning, and was Captain of Company E.  By Sharpsburg he had become the 16th commanding officer of the regiment as his predecessors departed by promotion, resignation, or death.

In 1887 he was granted a pension of $8 a month for his Mexican War service, but application for increase to $12 in 1900 was rejected on grounds that $8 was sufficient for his needs. He was then 75 years of age.

Captain John MacGregor, (1759-1823) son of James of Glengyle, grandson of Gregor "Ghlun Dhu", he was baptized as "John Grahame" due to the proscriptions renewed in 1693 against the Clan Gregor.  John emigrated to the thirteen colonies in 1774 with his father and several siblings, under the tragic "clearances" (depopulation of the highlands), instantly reverting to "John MacGregor", as soon as he got off the ship in Philadelphia.

At the outbreak of the American Revolution, he was a volunteer in the Loyal Philadelphia Volunteers but soon transferred to the Loyal New York Volunteers as an ensign.  He fought in the American revolution for eight years under the command of Col. George Turnbull in the areas of Long Island, Savannah and Charleston, Ga., and Lancaster, Pa.  He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and His father died as a Loyalist soldier in the war. returning to Long Island in 1783.  After the "Treaty of Separation", he went to Shelburne, Nova Scotia, with three of his brothers, where he was awarded a city lot.  He married Mary MacMillan there and started a family which eventually would number 13 surviving children.

In 1784, New Brunswick was declared a separate Crown colony, so John and 14,000 other Loyalists including 14 remnants of British American regiments, arrived in the wilderness of Nashwaak, NB.  These soldier/settlers formed a militia that was expected to defend the new colony against probable American encroachment.  John joined the Regular 42nd Highland Regiment (Black Watch) and maintained his military connections throughout those inter-war years.

After many early hardships, he prospered there.  In 1791, Upper Canada was declared a separate Crown Colony and later, in 1806,  when vast tracts of land around the Sandwich area (later Windsor) were opened up, he decided to take his family there, where he was awarded 200 acres of forested land.  He transferred from the 42nd to the Kent Riflemen Militia Unit.  Sgt. MacGregor was so impressed with Gen. Sir Isaac Brock that he named his next son. born in 1809,  after him.

In early 1812, when the second war against the US erupted, a sizeable army marched north from Kentucky towards Ontario. An Upper Canada Militia Officer in dress uniform of 1814. When General Sir Isaac Brock, took Detroit, John MacGregor was there as a Sergeant.  With the critical help of Indian Chiefs, Wyandotte and Tecumseh, the British Army and  Canadian Militias harassed the American militias in Michigan territory for about a year.  As a result, many Kentucky militiamen refused to fight in Upper Canada, as their terms of service forbade such an encounter.

By May of 1813, the British regulars had had enough in Michigan, with their most aggressive leader, Gen. Brock dead, and under the inept leadership of Col. Proctor, they retreated back into Upper Canada.  

Sergeant MacGregor fought at the disastrous battle of Moraviantown, which left the Americans occupying a large tract of south-western Upper Canada for the duration of the war.  (This loss of territory was only offset by the rapid occupation of eastern Maine by troops from Nova Scotia and later seizures of several US forts in Michigan Territory.)

The Kent Militia went underground and Lieut. John MacGregor was their leader.  His guerrilla tactics in several skirmishes with the Americans earned him recognition as a brilliant leader and a tough taskmaster.

The area in which John MacGregor's guerrillas operated during the War of 1812-1814.  Note:  The Xs mark the site of major battles.

MacGregor's guerillas had been fighting and surviving in the wilderness for an entire winter.  In the battle of Longwoods, in late February of 1814, he fought against superior odds, in spite of the stubbornness of senior British officers and their contempt for colonial militias, to send the American forces reeling back to Detroit.  He lost an arm in an action where he led a rearguard attack to save threatened British regular Army troops from disaster.  For this gallant action, he was awarded his Captaincy.

Renamed by John MacGregor, (in memory of his former New York unit) the "Loyal Kent Volunteers", succeeded in harassing the American forces in Michigan and northern Ohio.    MacGregor and his militia were given all the difficult travel assignments, roaming the entire area with their Indian comrades, at will, daring the Americans to put up a fight.

After the war came to a close, Captain John MacGregor wrote many petitions on behalf of his men.  Subsequently, medals were awarded, with considerable monetary and property awards processed.  In recognition of  his services, He was awarded 850 acres, comprising what is now the southern half of the city of Wallaceburg.

Captain John MacGregor died peacefully in early 1823, and his wife Mary died in September of that same year.  He was a real hero in the face of tremendous adversities; Family proscription and condemnation in Scotland, Expulsion from his beloved highlands, Fighting a lost cause in the American Revolution, Pioneering wilderness areas in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario, Leading a rag tag militia against hopeless odds, and, not in the least, A pervasive British Army arrogance, that at numerous times threatened his very life.  His gravestone has never been found.

(Thanks  to Tom Kerr for this wonderful and well documented tribute)

MacGregor, John Remember the Alamo! In San Antonio, Texas there is an old mission where a small band of Texans held out for thirteen days against the centralist army of General Antonio López de Santa Anna. John McGregor, a piper from Scotland fought and died with them.

Scottish Brave Hearts
John McGregor, a native of Scotland, had a home in Nacodoches, Texas before deciding to travel to San Antonio to the fight in the Siege of Bexar. It was said that he and his bagpipes would duel with Davy Crockett and his fiddle during lulls in the battle at the Alamo. Mr. McGregor, a Second Sergeant at the Alamo always won the battle of most noise!

Diary of Events
The entry for Day 6 mentions the musical duel of Davy Crockett and John MacGregor.

MacGregor, John (1825-1892)  Through his extremely popular books and magazine articles from 1865 to 1892, practically invented the sport of canoeing (or kayaking), as we would call it today).  He spent part of his youth in Halifax, N.S., where his father was stationed with the military in the 30's. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, earned an M.A., and became a barrister-at-law in the Temple, London.  He formed and became Captain of the Royal Canoe Club, England.  He travelled extensively with his canoe and gave much of the profits to charities, especially to boys in inner cities.   He wrote a book entitled "Our brothers and cousins": a summer tour of Canada and the United States.

John MacGregor of Finnart, (1802-1858)  Shipbuilder who created the first economic iron screwship, which could cross the Atlantic.   Please click on the following url to learn more about this famous MacGregor:

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William York MacGregor, (1855-1923)  A founder of an influential group of painters in Scotland known as "the Glasgow boys". To learn more about this famous MacGregor, please click on the following url:

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MacGregor, Sir William (1846-1919) Born on OctoberSir William MacGregor 20, 1846, in Towie, Scotland.  He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen, and worked as a doctor in both cities, before joining the Colonial service in 1872.  He served as a medical officer in the Seychelles, then was appointed Chief Medical Officer in Fiji from 1875 to 1888.  Then he became administrator of British New Guinea. In 1899, he was appointed governor of Lagos, and served there until 1904,when he became governor of Newfoundland.  In 1909, he became Governor of Queensland, Australia and remained there until he retired in 1914.   He died in Aberdeen,  Scotland on July 3, 1919.

MacGregor, Sir Ian (1912-1998)
Sir Ian MacGregor
This native of Kinlochleven, Scotland became a highly successful American Industrialist.  He then returned to Britain becoming consecutively chairman of two leading nationalized industries: The British Steel Corporation and The National Coal Board.

Sir Ian was chair of the British Steel Corporation between 1980-83 and British Coal from 1983-86.  He faced down the steel unions in his first days in post, but entered history as the man who finally broke the coal unions in the year-long miner's strike during 1984-85.

"Being British is a faith I'll never lose"   Sir Ian MacGregor, Sunday Times 1986.
Baroness Thatcher, Prime Minister of the time, said "He brought a breath of fresh air to British industry and he had such a genial personality."

MacGregor, Sir Ian -   born in 1922.   An outstanding medical scientist who has specialized in the study of malaria and other tropical diseases.  He has contributed over 140 papers to leading scientific and medical journals.

MacGregor, Jimmy  Folk singer Jimmy MacGregor and his partner, Robin Hall, were watched by millions in the 1960s on BBC TV's Tonight show.  Their songs, in a career spanning 21 years, included the Mingulay Boat Song and Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Aff the Bus.

MacGregor's Scotland
Over a period of six years in the 1980s and early 1990s Jimmy MacGregor, also well-known for his folk singing and radio broadcasting, walked the highlands and islands of Scotland to make many series of TV programmes.Jimmy MacGregor

The Programmes
The West Highland Way 1986
The Speyside Way 1987
In the Footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie 1988
On the Outer Edge 1989
Along the Southern Upland Way 1990
MacGregor Across Scotland 1991

MacGregor, Robert (Rob Roy)  (1671-1738)  War-time Chief of the Clan Gregor, by circumstance notorious cattle thief and Jacobite Guerrilla.  Born at GlenGyle, on Loch Katrine.  He fought as a youngster with John Graham of Claverhouse (1649-89) at Killiecrankle and, after the collapse of the Jacobite cause, continued the fight as a mercenary.  He acquired lands at Balquhidder, Craig Royston and Inversnaid where he raised cattle, but having been accused of defaulting on payment of borrowed money from the Duke of Montrose, his wife and children were evicted.

He then rented land from John Campbell, the Earl of Breadalbane, a political enemy of Montrose, and began stealing cattle, raiding the lands of Montrose and running a 'protection racket.'  During the first Jacobite Rebellion, Rob harried government troops around the Trossachs and he was made temporary war-time Chief of the GlenGyle MacGregors to lead them into battle at Sherrifmuir.  His home was eventually burned in reprisal.  After many exploits, he eventually surrendered to General Wade in 1725, and was pardoned by King George I.  He died quietly at Inverlochlarig (Stirling), and was buried just to the east of the church at Balquhidder, where his grave may be seen today.

MacGregor, Roy, son of an army officer.  Born in Whitney, Ontario,Roy MacGregor, journalist     Roy has been a journalist since 1972.  He is currently senior columnist with the National Post and has also worked for the Ottawa Citizen, MacLean's Magazine and the Toronto Star.

  He has won more than a dozen of Canada's top writing awards, including the National Newspaper Award, National Magazine Award and was twice awarded the ACTRA Award as the country's top writer in television drama

He is the author of twenty books, several of which have made the national best-seller lists.  His popular children's series, the Screech Owls,  has become so popular, they are sold in Sweden, the Czech Republic and China, and will soon become a television series..

MacGregor, Sue BBC Radio presenter Sue MacGregor has had 18 years of work with Radio 4's "Today programme" recognized with a CBE (Companion of the British empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Sue MacGregor said she was "surprised and delighted" by her CBE but that she owed it to her colleagues.   The veteran broadcaster retired from Today at the end of February after 18 years with the respected news, politics and current affairs show.   She said of her honour: "If it has anything to do with being on the Today programme for so many years, I confess I owe a lot of my staying power to the hard work and good humour of my colleagues."

Sue is currently recording a series with figures such as Doris Lessing, Lord Justice Woolf and the also knighted Jonathan Miller.  She began at the BBC as a secretary on a radio programme called "In Town Tonight."   After a stint with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Sue returned to the BBC as a reporter for PM and The World At One.

In the early 1970s she moved to Woman's Hour and just over a decade later began working on Today.   Sue caused a minor stir with her earlier autobiography  which contained candid revelations and outlined her relationships, including an affair with Leonard Rossiter.   But she will be best-remembered for the way she cornered politicians and other public figures in the most pleasant voice possible.

Former Monty Python actor Michael Palin said after her retirement he would miss her "unflappability and her wonderful ability to let people put their own foot in their mouths".   And even those who found themselves on the wrong side of a probing questions admired her style.

Conservative politician Anne Widdecombe, who had many a run-in with  Sue, said she really looked forward to being interviewed by her.   And in her penultimate Today programme, Home Secretary David Blunkett said the nation would miss her "dulcet tones".

Orr, Robert (Bobby): (MacGregor pseudonym).  In the early 1900s, Robert Orr moved his family to Parry Sound, Ontario.  Robert's son, Douglas, was an exceptional athlete.  He excelled in track and hockey.  Doug Orr had the potential to play in the NHL, but duty called, and he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. After World War II, Doug married Arva Steele and the couple settled in Parry Sound.

In March 20th, 1948, Robert Gordon Orr was born.  Bobby started skating at the age of four. He began playing hockey at five.Bobby Orr, the kid from Parry Sound who reinvented ice hockey.     He was so good that he leapfrogged through the levels and by the age of 12 was playing against young adults 4 years his senior.

In 1960, the Parry Sound Bantam All-Stars were playing in a tournament and all six NHL teams had sent scouts to the game to look at two promising players for Gananoque.  Within minutes of the puck being dropped the Boston Bruins scouts forgot them, they had focused on the skinny little kid from Parry Sound.  Bobby played 58 of the 60 minutes of play, the other 2 minutes he was in the penalty box.
At age 13, Bobby signed a Junior A contract with Boston, and he began playing with the Oshawa Generals.  At 14, he was playing against 19and20 year olds.  Starting for Boston, the talent and grace of this young superstar was apparent from the first moment he stepped on the ice. The rest of the league was determined to measure the kid's durability. And all found it was equal to his skills.  

Without a doubt the best defenceman ever and, arguably the best hockey player who ever lived, Bobby reinvented the game.  He was the first defence man to leave the 'point' and regularly score goals.

Many other prominent people enjoy the distinction of this name and they include: Kelvin McGregor, American Lawyer; Sir George McGregor, New Zealand Judge; Malcolm McGregor, Canadian Professor of the Classics; Air Marshall Andrew McGregor; Sir Colin MacGregor, Chief Justice in Jamaica; Duncan MacGregor, Dentist; Edward MacGregor, British Diplomat; Hon. Sir George MacGregor, Judge.

David Peterson (1943 - )  Premier of Ontario - 1985-1990. Born in Toronto in 1943. First elected to the legislature in 1975. Became Leader of the Opposition in 1982. In 1994, the government of France appointed him a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour. Founding Chairman of Toronto Raptors Basketball Club. Currently Chairman of Cassels, Brock and Blackwell law firm.
After 42 years of Progressive Conservative government in Ontario, David Robert Peterson, at the age of forty-one, became the twentieth Premier, having led the Liberals to the greatest number of popular votes on May 2, 1985. 

Mr. Peterson was first elected as Member for London Centre in 1975 and won the Liberal leadership in 1982. Politics are part of the Peterson tradition. His father Clarence signed the Regina Manifesto in 1933 and served as a City of London alderman as well as Liberal candidate both provincially and federally. His brother Jim was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1980 as M.P. for Willowdale. 

Public service is also a part of the Peterson tradition. While an undergraduate at the University of Western Ontario, David Peterson worked with Frontier College and later, while studying law at the University of Toronto was director of a volunteer legal aid service for students. After being called to the bar in 1969, he took on the presidency of his family's electronics business, and, thereafter, other leadership roles, including that of the youngest president ever of London's Canadian Club.

Roger Tory Peterson - 28 August 1908 - 28 July 1996.  Naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and educator, is held to be one of the founding inspirations for the 20th century environmental movement. He was born in Jamestown, New York.  In 1934, he published his seminal Guide to the Birds, the first modern field guide. The Guide to the Birds went through 5 editions. He edited or wrote many of the volumes in the Peterson Field Guide series on topics ranging from rocks and minerals to beetles to reptiles. He is known for the clear illustrations of his field guides and the clear delineation of relevant field marks. He also developed the "Peterson Identification System."

Peterson received every major American award for natural science, ornithology, and conservation, as well as numerous honorary medals, diplomas, and citations, including the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"In this century, no one has done more to promote an interest in living creatures than Roger Tory Peterson, the inventor of the modern field guide." - Paul Ehrlich- , ecologist.

Wendy Petrie  Co-host of CTV Weekend News, she hails from New Zealand, where she also worked as a TV reporter.   She went to school at Manurewa High School in Manakau City, New Zealand; and is married to Oscar Brookes. 

In New Zealand, Wendy hosted the Breakfast, Midday, the acclaimed ONE News, and Tonight Show.  Before leaving for Canada, Wendy worked for three years as a news reporter and presenter for TV3's 6pm news.

In Canada, Wendy brings many breaking news stories to Canadians.  Working on a 24 hour national news channel, CTV Newsnet, she covers many big news events from the death of the Queen Mum to the US-led war in Iraq and the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy.

In addition to that, she works as a news anchor on Canada's leading breakfast show, Canada AM.

Wendy also worked as a foreign correspondent for New Zealand in that time, travelling to New York to cover the September 11 terror attacks and filing live reports just as the horror was unfolding. She returned to New York a year later to cover the one-year anniversary speaking to kiwis, who'd lost loved ones in the attacks.

Other stories she has covered include the massive North American power outage that affected 50 million people and the deadly SARS outbreak which killed dozens in Toronto.

Wendy became a mum at the end of 2003 with the arrival of daughter Addison.


The unnamed hundreds of thousands of Refugees:  The cost in human terms of the lost generations of Scots who were driven out of Scotland, before, during and after the proscriptions, the Jacobite rebellions, and the clearances is incomprehensible.  Instead of developing Scotland, they helped to develop and consolidate power in other countries.  For instance, we now know that thousands of Scottish soldiers helped in the military consolidation of Prussia, leading up to two world wars.  The most outstanding personality there was Mackensen (MacKenzie), whose brilliant military strategy defeated the Russian steam roller in 1915, thereby leading to the October revolution, and International Communism. 

In Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America,  and  Africa,
indeed around the world, Scots have been leaders in government, science, art, and all other avenues of  human progress.  Meanwhile, in Britain, many millions of Scots were persecuted and prosecuted in a  criminal  manner by their own governments - during the religious wars, proscriptions, and for hundreds of years..  The basic human rights that Englishmen universally enjoyed were stymied when it came to Highlanders, especially those of certain clans who had been on the losing sides of previous wars of Scottish national liberation against an imperialist power.

One can only imagine the greatness that Scotland missed by excluding these brilliant minds from its midst.

J. H. Burton said it best when he wrote:

"How dreary a thing it is that a community should have to dismiss the choice of its children from its own bosom ....." 

Harold Stanley MacGregor