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Awards and Grants

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Our commitment...


The Society sponsors educational awards for students at the University of Glasgow; a piping award at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland / National Piping Centre in Glasgow; a genealogy and DNA project; the preservation of historic MacGregor grave stones at Dalmally; and archaeological digs near Loch Awe and Loch Lomond. It also continues the founding principle of helping MacGregors in need, whether members or not.

We offer...


The Clan Gregor Society Prize

The Clan Gregor Scholarship

The Piping Scholarship 

The Druim a' Charraigh Quaich

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The Clan Gregor Society Prize

The Clan Gregor Society is delighted to offer a prize for the benefit of University of Glasgow new entrants decending from Clan Gregor.  It also provides free membership in the Society to a selected number of students each year.


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The Society makes an annual gift of £500 to support the award.


The Society Award is:


  • known as The Clan Gregor Society Prize

  • awarded each year to new entrants to the University of Glasgow who are descendants of Clan Gregor

  • open to both undergraduate and postgraduate entrants who have confirmed their place at the University

  • awarded based on academic excellence and / or financial need evidenced through a submitted application form and support documentation

  • funded through an annual gift of £500 from the Clan Gregor Society.


The selected recipient will also be granted free membership of the Society for a given period.

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  • All students considered for the award must descend from Clan Gregor. This permits students with the surname or proof of ancestral lineage to Grigor, Gregor, MacGregor, McGrigor and McGregor, to be eligible for the award. 

  • All eligible new entrants to the University will be notified of the award and encouraged to apply. 

  • The recipient of the award will be selected based on a written application summarising their academic accomplishments and financial needs.

  • The winner will be selected by a panel of University of Glasgow staff.

  • The Prize will be awarded to one student per year. 

  • A student cannot re-apply if they have previously received the award.

  • In the event of no suitable candidate being identified in any year, no award will be made and funds for that year will carry over for the award in a future year.

  • The Prize will be advertised on the University’s scholarships web pages to encourage applications. The terms of the prize will be reviewed on an annual basis.


Requirement for Award Winners

All students awarded The Clan Gregor Society Prize will be asked to submit a short letter of thanks to the Development and Alumni Office for onward transmission to the members of the Society for publication in the Society newsletter.


The Society invites the successful award holder to attend the Gathering at the Lochearnhead Highland Games in order to be presented with a certificate to commemorate their achievement of being selected for the award.


The Clan Gregor Society looks forward to a long and production relationship with the University of Glasgow and trusts that this prize will bring lasting benefits to students and Society members alike.

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The Piping Scholarship 

The Society is pleased to offer an award, known as the Piping Scholarship, for the benefit of pipers studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland School of Piping.

The Scholarship is in the sum of £500 per annum and will normally be awarded to one student for two years duration.


The award holder will be required to act as the official piper to Clan Gregor and attend the Society’s Annual Gathering Weekend in July, to play at the Lochearnhead Highland Games. There may also be a requirement to play at the Annual Dinner thereafter and at any commemoration service held at Balquhidder Kirk on the Sunday.


The Scholarship holder should be able to play pipe music with connections to Clan Gregor as well as appropriate traditional music of Scotland. Subject to agreement, there may be some variation of these arrangements, particularly when the Society hosts an International Clan Gathering.

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The Society is delighted to announce that Bradley Parker was selected on our behalf by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland School of Piping as the first recipient of the Piping Scholarship.

Bradley Parker, from Portavogie in Northern Ireland, was the first recipient of the Piping Scholarship. He began piping at the age of five and has performed at venues including the House of Commons in London, RDS in Dublin, Glastonbury Music Festival and the 'Festival D'Ambert' in France.

He won the Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year Award in 2012, the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust prize in 2019 and was a member of the Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band which won the Grade 1 World Pipe Band championships in 2014, 2016 and 2018. - Bradley can be seen on YouTube.

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Our current scholarship holder is Robert Allen from just outside Glasgow. - Robert began piping at the age of nine and was taught by Elizabeth Rice (B.E.M. ). He still receives tuition from the renowned Uist piper Willie Morrison. ( Both Elizabeth Rice and Willie Morrison can also be seen on You Tube ).


After a successful career at junior level, Robert now competes at adult events across Scotland, such as the Argyllshire Gathering. Robert enjoys playing piobaireachd in the MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd competition each year and is also a member of the Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band.

Contact us and apply!


Details of the above awards can be obtained from the relevant institution or from the Clan Gregor Society Secretary,

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The Druim a' Charraigh Quaich

The Druim a' Charraigh Quaich is presented by the Society annually to the winner of the Piobaireachd competition at the Balquidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Highland Games.


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Sir Malcolm MacGregor presenting Dr Peter McCalister with the Druim a'Charraich Quaich

in 2018

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