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MACGREGOR [ROB ROY] (ANCIENT)

A specimen of the Rob Roy sett exists in the collection of the Highland Society of London (1816 - 1817), bearing the Seal of Arms of Sir John MacGregor Murray of MacGregor, Baronet, and signed John M. Murray and is labelled "The MacGregor Tartan for undress ordinary clothing." The specimens were collected during the period 1815-16. DW Stewart says no documentary evidence exists of Rob Roy actually wearing it but in their 1850 book "The Clan and Family Tartans of Scotland" William and Andrew Smith of Mauchline wrote: "Of this distinguished personage no fewer than three original portraits exist - all taken from life, and all dressed in this Tartan. One of these . . 1704 is at Broomhill near Hamilton; one . . 1714 ... Scottish Antiquarian Society . . one in 1734 in possession of George Buchanan, Esq, of Arden." Grant in his 1886 book 'Clans of Scotland' repeats the dates of the portraits.

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