Last Updated on October 17, 2022 by ACGS Webmaster
“We may not live in Scotland but Scotland lives in me…”
The American Clan Gregor Society, Inc is a genealogy-based charitable organization whose members consist primarily of lineal descendants of MacGregors who emigrated from Scotland to America prior to 1870. It was organized in 1909, making it one of the oldest Scottish clan societies in the United States.
We strive to meet our objectives through a number of methods. The Society collects and stores genealogical information on members for purposes of genealogical research by members and scholars at the Langsdale Library at the University of Baltimore. Other methods are the annual Gatherings, a newsletter, year book, awarding of multiple educational scholarships annually and recently the addition of a scholarship for piping at Valle Crucis, North Carolina.
Message from the 34th Chieftain of the American Clan Gregor Society
As the 34th Chieftain of the American Clan Gregor Society I want to welcome my fellow society members as well as visitors to our society’s website.
The American Clan Gregor Society enjoys the honor of being the official representative in North America of Clan Gregor by our hereditary chief, Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor. This is an honor that was first bestowed by his grandfather in 1909.
The American Clan Gregor Society was organized in Charlottesville, Virginia over 113 years ago. The society currently has over 400 active members and continues to collect the genealogies of its members that are archived for future reference.
The primary goals of our society are:
- To gather MacGregors together in clanship.
- To promote, foster, and collect patriotic, historical and genealogical records for compilation, publication, and addition to the history of American descendants of the Clan Gregor in Scotland.
- To aid descendants of the Clan Gregor in the United States.
- To provide educational assistance by way of a Scholarship Program.
Our society is an active organization that brings together fellow descendants of Clan Gregor through events such as local Highland Games, Kirkings, Burns suppers, and Tartan Day celebrations. This all cumulates in the society’s Annual Gathering held each fall in a different city across the United States.
If you have a MacGregor heritage and are not already a society member, I strongly encourage you to contact our registrar and join today. If you are already a member, I hope you find the information on our website to be interesting and educational as well. If you believe that something is missing from the website, please do not hesitate to let us know.
A society is little more than an organization without the support of its membership who bring life to everything the society does. I strongly encourage all of you to participate at every chance you get. Take every opportunity available to proudly wear our Clan Gregor tartans for all to see, letting everyone see that Clan Gregor is still alive and present here in the 21st century.
Thanks to our clan’s turbulent history, a prominent figure of a clansman, and the writings of an acclaimed Scottish author our Clan Gregor is one of the most recognized Scottish clans. Being outlawed, under penalty of death, for approximately 175 years did little to dissolve Clan Gregor. All of us as descendants of this splendidly brave clan should be proud of our clan history and take every opportunity to share it with all who are interested.
Scott F. MacGregor
Educational assistance is available each year in the form of scholarships for descendants of MacGregors as well as others who have a Scottish or Scots-Irish heritage. These scholarships are also available to ACGS members, and widows/widowers of members. One does not have to be a member of ACGS to apply. The scholarships are funded by investment income from the Charity and Education Fund. The amount of each scholarship is determined by the Board of Trustees and may vary from year to year.
Scholarship applications must be submitted to the Chair Person of the Scholarship Committee (Being Updated Check Back). They must be received no later than April 1, 2021. Applications received after that date will not be considered.
All applications must be received No Later Than April 1 2023.
To download an application form go to: 2023 Applications will be posted soon.
You Are Invited! The Scottish Clan System: The Inauguration of a Clan Chief
Saturday, March 12, 2022; 2:30 pm EST, 1:30 pm CST, 11:30 pm PST and 6:00 am AUS
An historic Scottish event, important enough for the BBC to follow closely, is about to happen! An ancient Clan will have its first new Chief in more than 340 years. Come join this webinar.
John Michael Baille-Hamilton Buchanan, recognized by the Lord Lyon King of Arms of the Lyon Court of Scotland in 2018, will be formally Inaugurated as a
Clan Chief. The Buchanan as “New Chief” closes an old chapter and opens a new book for all of Scotland to witness.
A rare and exciting event, not likely seen again in our lifetime. The Buchanan, will reach back in time to pick up the mantle of Clan Chief from Sir John Buchanan who died in 1681. In this webinar, The Buchanan will explain the petition process and how all of this came about. You will learn about the ancient ceremony of the inauguration to be held at Cambusmore, Callander, Scotland.
Leading the discussion will be Van Calhoun and Michael Lloyd-Stern. This will be a live-streaming event to members of Clan Colquhoun, Clan Buchanan, Clan Graham, Clan MacFarlane, Clan MacEwen, Clan Cunningham, and Clan Gregor.
We MacGregors have been invited to attend this webinar which is, as described, a one-of in our lifetime. The address to attend this live function is:
https://www.clancolquhoun.com/clan-system-inauguration/ , scroll to the bottom of the page and register through the MacGregor portal after March 8. If you are a current member in the American Clan Gregor Society, you will be admitted!
Clan Gregor Septs
Septs are smaller clans and families, with a different surname, 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 two families were linked through
marriage or for greater protection. Sometimes
these septs were almost as powerful as the main clan and the bonding of the two brought added strength to both.
Family Names Many names were adopted by MacGregors due to Proscription. Some families retained the new names when Proscription was lifted in 1774, whilst others reverted to their
rightful name of MacGregor (spelling variants are accepted with M’, Mc and Mac considered interchangeable).
The Society extends a warm welcome to any…
▪ Persons bearing names included in List A and to those with a maternal descent from an
▪ Persons bearing the names of descent from Lists B and C who can show evidence of
descent or a family tradition of MacGregor connection; and,
▪ Names in List D are properly the domain of other Clan and Family societies. However, we
welcome enquiries from persons bearing these names who can show their descent from a
MacGregor who adopted the name as an alias.
If you have any questions regarding this list of Septs or need assistance in any way you may send your questions to our society registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
American Clan Gregor Society, Inc is a proud member of COSCA (Council Of Scottish Clans and Associations)