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The Clan Gathering... in 1888!

Was this gathering the start of the annual Clan Gregor Society AGM weekend that is held every year in late July in Killin Scotland?

It was on this day 28th of July 1888 that fifty to sixty members of the Clan Gregor Society from around Scotland caught up to enjoy kinship by visiting known Clan Gregor sites and a dinner in the evening. This event was organised by Mr John MacGregor of Glasgow.

The main body left Queen St Station Glasgow at 8am by train where they caught up with MacGregors from Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland at Balloch.

The day was spent visiting sites that included Inversnaid, Portnellan graveyard, Craigroyston and the Island of Inchcailleach before being greeted by Lady Charlotte MacGregor at Glengyle House.

Charlotte was the widow of Major General Sir Charles Metcalfe MacGregor. After being shown MacGregor artefacts that she had, they set off in their coaches to have dinner at a new hotel in Stronachlachar.

At dinner, the Chairman of the Society asked then Clan Chief Sir Malcolm MacGregor Bart and Patron of the Society to say a few words.

Sir Malcolm referred to his Grandfather Sir Evan MacGregor whose idea it was to create a Society and laid the foundation for it. He assured those present at the dinner that he and other members of his family had a deep interest in the objects and aims of the Society, and a hope that such gatherings would bring a feeling of kinship among a scattered race.

Convenor John MacGregor said that he had received many letters from MacGregors suggesting that this should be an annual event with the most positive letter coming from the British Consul based in Copenhagen Denmark who was a MacGregor.

The Perthshire Advertiser wrote about this event and called it ‘A MacGregors’ Gathering’ A visit to Loch Lomond and Lake Katrine and said; 'It could be questioned that so many MacGregors ever before had assembled at Glengyle on a peaceful mission.'

Miss Amelia Murray MacGregor, author of the 'History of Clan Gregor' is also in this photo.

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