The grave above is that of Rob Roy, one of the greatest and most defiant MacGregors. The text to the left of the gravestone explains the 1617 Act of Scottish Parliament outlawing the Clan MacGregor, from which the Aulds are believed to have sprung when the MacGregors were forced to change their surname to several others. The epitaph, “MacGregor despite them” is Rob Roy’s desire from beyond the grave to resist the authority of the Scottish Parliament which outlawed his MacGregor name.
The above genealogical chart traces the Auld family lineage back to the earliest Auld to arrive in America, James Auld: born in Ayrshire, Scotland, into the MacGregor clan which was forced to change its surname. It was researched and compiled by my son, HB Scott Auld III, and my sister, Jeri Lynn (Auld) Harness.
The tartan surrounding this blog is the MacGregor tartan.
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