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Fanny Lady MacGregor – It is with much regret that the Clan Society announces the death of Fanny Lady MacGregor in August 2016. She was the mother of Sir Malcolm, the present Chief and Ninian his brother. She was a past President of the Society during the time that her husband Sir Gregor was clan chief. We send our sincere condolences to her family.

Frank Wherrett, a member of Council and a very active participant in all things Gregor, and especially the Gatherings, passed away in August 2016. Many clansfolk will remember him with affection from the 2014 International Gathering. His work for Council will be much missed. We send our sincere condolences to his family.

Doyle Byron Long, husband of Carolyne McGregor Long, passed away on the 9th of December, 2008 at Fresno Veterans Administration Hospital in Fresno, California. He was an avid supporter to Carolyne and the Scottish Highland Games. He loved to attend the games and events and was well known amongst the Scots. He could be counted on to be within cheering distance of any of the Clan Gregor Western USA Chapter’s activities. Doyle enjoyed the trips to Scotland and was eager for a next trip.

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 30th March, 2003 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 Attache 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. In 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 survived by his wife Fanny and sons Major Malcolm MacGregor and Ninian. The funeral was held at Newtyle on Friday, 4th April 2003. Interment was in the family mausoleum at Balquhidder.

Mrs. Joanna Norton, passed away in December 1999. Earlier in 1999 the Society purchased the MacGregor sword that was previously on loan from Mrs. Norton and her family. (see Newsletters 48 & 49). The sword is currently on display in the Clan Gregor Exhibition at the Breadalbane Folklore Centre in Killin.

Mr. David M.D. Whyte, former newsletter editor and former treasurer of the Society, passed away early on Wednesday morning, 6th September, 2000. His advice and legal expertise, not to mention the man himself, will be sorely missed by Council and the membership at large. He is a huge loss to the Society. His funeral took place on Monday, 11th September, 2000 in Clydebank Crematorium. The Society was represented by Ms. Ishbel McGregor, Dr. Gregor Hutcheson, and Mr. Malcolm White, among others.

Nigel Tranter, the novelist and architectural historian, died peacefully at his home in Gullane, East Lothian on 9 January 2000 at the age of 90. He was the author of The MacGregor Trilogy and The Children of the Mist as well as over 130 books of which more than 90 were novels with a Scottish historical theme. He was often described as a historian, a title that he rejected. Rather he wanted to be known as a ‘storyteller’. In spite of this, he has taught more Scots about their history than anyone else.