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In addition to the names ‘Gregor’, ‘McGregor’ and ‘MacGregor’ (various spellings thereof), more than one hundred names are recognised as part of Clan Gregor. This is due to the clan name being proscribed (unlawful) for almost 200 years.
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What exactly is a 'Clan'?
A clan can be described as ‘a group of people, united by kinship, and living on land controlled by it and it’s chief’.
Clans can be named after their founders, the lands that they live or lived on, or descriptions of their founders. In Scots Gaelic the word ‘clan’ means both children and kin. The prefix Mac means ‘son of’ (the prefix Nic is ‘daughter of’). The clans therefore, contain people who are literally and metaphorically the kin of the founder.
Clans were a warrior people. Fighting and feuds were common and the 'lifting' or taking of another clan’s cattle was considered entirely fair.
Clans could field many hundreds of fighting men. In the 17th and 18th centuries some clans supported the Hanoverian Kings, others the exiled Jacobites.
After the battle of Culloden in 1746, and to prevent another Jacobite rising, the clan system was abolished. Some clan chiefs had their lands forfeited. Other chiefs were given money, by the King, to raise regiments of their fighting men for the benefit of the Crown. These clan-based highland regiments fought with great distinction all over the world.
The MacGregors are named ‘ the sons of Gregor ’ after our founder.
The Rosses are named after the lands of Ross granted to their originator, Fearcher, the Earl of Ross.
The Campbells are named after the description of their founder (Campbell in Gaelic means 'twisted mouth').
Latterly, when clansmen and women were no longer needed on the clan lands many were ‘cleared’ to make way for more profitable sheep farming, hence the mass emigration of highlanders to North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other colonies and thereafter the spread of clanship and Scottish tradition across the globe.
In Scotland a clan is a legally recognised group, distinguished by Heraldry and recognised by the Sovereign. Most clans still have Chiefs whose right to the title and the Heraldic Arms they bear has been approved by the Lord Lyon as the representative of Her Majesty.
What exactly is a 'Sept'?
Septs are smaller clans and families with different surnames, who follow another family’s Chief.
These smaller septs then comprise - and are part of - the Chief’s larger clan. A sept might follow another Chief if both families were linked through marriage or if this offered greater protection. Occasionally these septs were almost as powerful as the main clan and the bonding of the two brought added strength to both.
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Kindly note that 2024 subscriptions were due on 1st January unless you have a five year membership or have joined since 1st September 2023.
Members are reminded that
Membership fees are payable on 1st January each year.
All fees are in UK£ Sterling.
Family memberships include all dependent children up to and including 17 years of age.
5-year memberships are paid up-front for 4 years and get the 5th year free.
Members who are UK tax payers are requested to consider completing a Gift Aid Declaration (which may be obtained from the Membership Convener) which will allow the Society to reclaim tax. Thank you!
Payment guidelines by geography
The Society requests that members in the USA, Canada, Germany and Australasia should pay their fee subscriptions (dues) through their local chapters or representatives. The subscriptions due for their CGS membership will then be passed on to the Clan Gregor Society.
Payment by UK members may be made by PayPal (this method is preferred, please see details below), standing order or cheque. If you pay by standing order, please ensure that the amount of your standing order has been increased to the new fee amount, or make a transfer for the difference.
Payment of subscriptions/dues for non-UK members should be made as follows:
For members resident in the USA, payments should be made to their local Chapter or contact Keith MacGregor (email@example.com) to arrange payment.
For members resident in Canada, payments should be made to the Canadian Chapter or contact Wayne MacGregor Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For members resident in Australia, payments should be made to the Clan Gregor Australian Bank Account BSB 017010 Account 296210751, or post a cheque or money order to Frank McGregor, PO Box 14, North Hobart TAS 7002, and advise Frank McGregor by email (email@example.com).
For members resident in New Zealand, payments should be made the Bank of New Zealand - 020536 Account 0217902 00, entering in the reference section your name and CGS membership number. Please advise Iain Stockwell by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) once payment is complete.
For members resident in the United Kingdom, please contact Steve White, Membership Convenor or Ross MacGregor, Secretary to arrange payment.
For members resident in any other country, payments should be made by PayPal (this method is preferred, please see details below), bank transfer, standing order, or cheque. Bank details are available from Steve White (email@example.com), and cheques should be sent to the Secretary at 6 The Esplanade, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 2EL, Scotland.
How to pay your fees
Select the ‘Send Money’ tab
Under ‘To (Email address or mobile phone number)’ enter 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
Enter the membership total in the ‘Amount’ box (see Fees above) and select UK£ Sterling as the currency from the drop-down menu
Select ‘I’m paying for goods or services’ and include your name, membership number (if renewing) and address so that we can attribute the payment to you
Check the payment details and click ‘Send money’.