Septs are families that followed another family’s chief. These smaller septs would then comprise, and be part of the chief’s larger clan. A sept might follow another chief if two families were linked through marriage or, if a family lived on the land of a powerful laird, they would follow him whether they were related or not. Bonds of manrent were sometimes used to bind lesser chiefs and his followers to more powerful chiefs.
With a few exceptions, spelling variants are omitted, but are accepted. M’, Mc and Mac are considered interchangeable. Many names were adopted as a result of the Proscription. Some families retained the new names when the Proscription was lifted in 1774 while many others re-adopted their rightful name of MacGregor.
The Society extends a warm welcome to
- Persons bearing names included in List A and to those with a maternal descent from an eligible person.
- Persons bearing the names of descent from Lists B and C who can show evidence of descent or a family tradition of MacGregor connection.
Names in List D are properly the domain of other Clan and Family societies, however we would welcome enquiries from persons bearing these names who can show their descent from a MacGregor who adopted the name as an alias.
List A : Accepted MacGregor Names and Septs
List B : Documented Aliases of MacGregor from the Proscription
List C : Traditional Aliases with little documented evidence
List D : Other Clan names that are known to have been used by the MacGregors