Prominent McGregors through the ages
Sifting through the rumours to find the facts...
Meet Prof Richard McGregor
Richard E McGregor is the Emeritus Professor at the University of Cumbria who teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and who is also the Chairman of Council of the Clan Gregor Society of Scotland.
As part of his close connections with the Society, Richard is currently responsible for coordinating the Clan Gregor DNA Project.
The story so far...
Finding out about research into Clan Gregor
Clan-based research takes many forms and much depends on what question has to be answered.
Research in Clan Gregor is made more complex by the fact that we are dealing with related surnames, aliases and sept names (there is a separate article on this website that explains the differences). Everyone who starts searching wants to know where they came from and that is our starting point.
In the Clan Gregor Society we are most concerned to offer advice and knowledge about the clan which is accurate, historically correct and informed rather than based on speculation and assumption. Even though Scotland’s history means that there are gaps in the records which can frustrate the researcher, we can still help with finding the origins of a family.
Family history and genealogy is important but at some point the paper trails begin to falter – not least because MacGregors had to change their surnames and adopt aliases – but there are plenty of rarely used sources and now with DNA analysis too we can know more and more about our forebears.
Researching your own family can be very rewarding!