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Historical Figures: Rob Roy Macgregor

Robert 'Roy' Macgregor (1671-1734) Given the nickname 'Ruadh' / 'Roy' because of his wild red hair. His Clan were both Protestant and Jacobite. At 18 he took part in the battle of Killiecrankie where Jacobites under the command of Viscount Dundee opposed the replacement of their Stuart King with William of Orange.

Rob Roy visited the town of Crieff on many occasions, often to sell cattle. In the second week of October 1714 the Highlanders gathered in Crieff for the annual market. Civil war was expected at any time. By day Crieff was also full of soldiers and government spies! Just after midnight, Rob Roy and his men marched to Crieff Town Square and rang the Town bell. In front of the gathering crowd sang Jacobite songs and drank a good many loyal toasts to their uncrowned King James VIII. I

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In the 1715 he initially fought on the Jacobite side and his Macgregors raided the lands around Loch Lomond. However his benefactor the Duke of Argyll had chosen the Government side and Rob Roy with mixed allegiances was forced to miss the Battle of Sheriffmuir which took place on the souther fringes of Strathearn. Even so he became a marked man and was hunted for almost 10 years escaping capture on several occasions.

In 1725 he surrendered to General Wade, the great builder of roads in the Highlands, narrowly missed transportation to the colonies and was pardoned to end his days at Balquhidder to the west of Loch Earn. © 2008

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