Meet our Clan Chief… Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, Baronet
Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor is the 24th chief of Clan Gregor and Chieftain of the Children of the Mist, which has been called the most romantic title in Scotland.
He was commissioned into the Scots Guards in 1979 serving in many parts of the world. He served in SE Asia whilst on a two year secondment with 6th Gurkha Rifles. His final appointment in the military was chief of staff of 51 Highland Brigade.
On leaving the army he he embarked on a career in landscape photography. As well has photographing his native Scotland, he spent considerable time in Oman and war torn areas of the world with the HALO trust, a humanitarian mine-clearance charity. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Photographic Society and the Royal Geographical Society.
He has a strong belief in fostering the world-wide kinship of the modern clan, preserving its traditions and promoting its history. He is particularly interested in the value overseas Scots bring to the clan network, through their stories, history, and contributions to preserving a unique history. He has represented Clan Gregor at numerous events throughout the world.
Lady MacGregor of MacGregor is otherwise known as British broadcaster, Fiona Armstrong. For many years she ran an Armstrong clan society. Today Fiona is a Vice President of the ‘Clan Gregor Society’. She is Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries, one of 33 people in Scotland who serve as the Queen’s personal representative in the country.
An award-winning broadcaster and writer, Fiona has worked as a newscaster and reporter for both ITN and BBC News. She has also worked for Sky TV and NBC. Filming for news and current affairs has taken her to Europe, Africa, America and the Far East, covering subjects ranging from politics to social issues like healthcare and landmine removal.
On a lighter note, closer to home she has made programmes on clans, cooking and angling. She currently presents ITV’s ‘Border Life’ a current affairs programme centred on the south of Scotland. She writes columns for ‘The Courier’ newspaper, for ‘Scottish Field’ magazine, and the ‘Scotbanner’. She has a doctorate in Scottish history where she researched the phenomenon of ‘Highlandism’, or how Scotland came to have a tartan face. She also has an honorary doctorate from Glasgow University.
Fiona is one of the UK’s best-known female fly-fishers and has written two books on the subject. She loves swimming, cooking and gardening – and is busy writing a biography of an aristocratic MacGregor lady who worked for Queen Victoria.