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  •  My great grandmother Sarah MacGregor (0+ / 0-)

    was from a different Clan and Sept than my grandmothers Alma Shepherd and Eileen Donovan.

    All had some religious baggage from their upbringing and that of their husbands, which may have led to some of the good natured family quarreling which seems to be in the nature of the Scotch and Irish, but as my father told it the MacGregors were neither merchants nor farmers, they were outlawed.

    The injustice of this was memorable.

    They weren't cattle thieves exactly, they protected cattle in the ancient and honorable manner of the border. Anyway, as clansman they were what amounted to human rent obligated to be provided to some laird or other in time of disputes.

    Eventually when the land they farmed went to the Campbell's through marriage and the dispossessed clans agricultural tenants become millworkers; jointers, carpenters, tavern keepers, protectors of the single malt doing what they had to do to survive.

    Apparently their survival strategy involved the bloody deaths of too many of their enemies so after the battle of Culoden their clan name was proscribed.

    The tips of their knives were blunted and they were prevented from assembling in groups of more than four, this in a time when families often had a dozen or more children.

    They were hunted with dogs and killed for sport so they left Scotland and came to a new world where they could fight Indians and Frenchmen.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 03:49:18 AM PST

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