Scottish Roots

MacGregor Despite Them Tombstone

New Auld Genealogy Chart  

  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.

   Click on either of the graphics above to enlarge it for better viewing. 

8 thoughts on “Scottish Roots

  1. Hello, I also traced my ancestry back to James Auld and traced the line further back to the 1500’s. I’ve been trying to find concrete evidence of Auld being in the MacGregor bloodline but only found Auld being linked to Clan MacAulay, who pledged allegiance to Clan MacGregor. I would be interested in learning what you have found.

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    1. Matthew, most all of our research on the Auld line comes from my son, Chuck Auld. Are you by any chance on Wikitree? Chuck and I use Wikitree more than any other tool out there to trace our line. We just recently uncovered some allegiances of the Auld line to Clan MacGregor and would be happy to share with you. I will figure out a way to get my email to you and then we can take this conversation private. I will be in touch soon. Thank you for your comment.

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      1. Hello, I’ll sign up on WikiTree and find you there too. The recent info about the Auld-McGregor link might have come from me to Chuck in a recent exchange of emails we had. I found a few pages from the 1945-46 MacGregor Year Book that I sent to him yesterday about James Auld bearing MacGregor crests and such.

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    1. There are MANY untold names that the MacGregors and Gregors changed their names to in order to avoid the “penalty of death” when the Scottish Parliament outlawed the MacGregor/Gregor name. Our Auld family “married into” the MacGregor clan prior to the outlawing of the name, but I have no records as to what the many other names the MacGregor/Gregor clans might have chosen. Sorry I cannot be of help to you there.

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  2. Hello! My grandfather was Elbrie Hobart Auld (Pennsylvania). 1898-1983. A cousin recently did Y-DNA work. I was wondering if anyone here has also so we can match haplogrouping! Send me an email. So amazing to have found this page!

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    1. Julie K. Johnson: Thank you for your comment. I will try to send you an email shortly. I apologize for the delay in answering this. I am just now seeing it. I have had the Ancestry DNA test and I can send you info on that via email if that will assist you. I do not currently know of any DIRECT lineage to the PA Auld family, although I BELIEVE I am distantly related to one member of the Auld family up there. I will contact her to see if she would like to contact you also via email. Thank you, again, for your comment here.

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