Crest: A lion's head with antique crown
Motto: 'S rioghal mo dhream (Royal is My Race)
Dimensions approx: 10" x 13"
Weight: 3.24 kg
Comes with a thick copper hanging strap and written history
The Clan Gregor held lands in Glenstrae, Glenlochy, Glenlyon, Glengyle, and Glenorchy. They were descended from the ancient Celtic royal family through the hereditary Abbots of Glendochart, a descent which is proclaimed in the motto, ‘S Rioghal Mo Dhream translated as Royal is my Race.
Tradition holds that Gregor was the son of Kenneth MacAlpin, however he may have been Griogair, son of Dungal, who is said to have been a co-ruler of Alba, the kingdom north of Central Scotland, between AD 879 and 889. Most modern historians agree that the first certain Chief was Gregor of the Golden Bridles. Gregor’s son, Iain Camm (Ian of the One-Eye) succeeded as the second Chief sometime prior to 1390.
Robert the Bruce granted the barony of Loch Awe, which included much of the MacGregor lands, to the Chief of the Campbells. In common with many royal gifts of the time, it was left to the recipient to work out how he would take possession of it. The Campbells harried the MacGregors who were forced to retire deeper into their lands until they were largely restricted to Glenstrae.