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Members are requeued to send notice of change of names and addresses
to Dr. Jesse Ewell, Scribe, Ruckersville, Va.

The Michie Company, Printers,

Charlottesville, Va.


Copyrighted, 1912


Caleb Clarke Magruder, Jr.

"Resolved, That the Council authorize the publication of the trans-
actions of the Clan and Council to be known as the Year-Book of
American Clan Gregor; the first publication to contain the transac-
tions of the years 1909 and 1910; the book to be copyrighted, and
sold to members at a cost not to exceed one dollar per volume, and_
to be of uniform size." October 27, 1910.


1. Dr. EiiWARii May MagrudER, Chieftain.

2. Cai,ei? Clarke MagrudEr, Ranking Deputy Chieftain.
:!. Dr. Steuart Brown Muncaster, Surgeon.

■I. Rev. Ivan Marshall Green, Chaplain.
5. Caleb Clarke Magruder, Jr., Historian.


"Honored and Blessed Be the Evergreen Pine."

WHEREAS, the history of the Clan MacGreg-or of Scotland is
one in which the descendants of that Clan should feel just
pride; and

Whereas, there are many descendants of that Clan in America,
most of whom are unknown to each other and who would enjoy
meeting their brethren and learning more of the Clan history in
Scotland and America;

Therefore it seems advisable to organize Clan MacGregor in this

To this end, a meeting of MacGregor descendants was held June
the 10th, 1909, in Charlottesville, Va., at which a temporary organi-
zation called the "American Branch of Clan MacGregor" was formed
by the election of Dr. E. M. Magruder of Charlottesville, Va., as
Chief, and Dr. Jesse (MacGregor) Ewell of Ruckersville, Va., as Scribe.

These officers were instructed to issue an invitation to all in
America, who have the MacGregor blood in their veins, irrespective
of name, to meet in Washington, D. C, at the National Hotel, on
October the 8th and 9th, 1909, for the purpose of effecting a perma-
nent organization of the Clan, which shall hold annual meetings at
some central point then to be determined. The wives and husbands
of those who may have married outside of the Clan, and all children
of the blood are included in this invitation. The purpose of this or-
ganization is to bring together the members of the Clan for mutual
acquaintance and to obtain and disseminate information whereby the
various members may be enabled to construct or complete their
family trees, and by which a history of the American MacGregors
may be compiled.

Those receiving this invitation are requested to extend it to others
of their acquaintance entitled to membership who may not have
received the official notification. Besides the reunion feature there
will be addresses by Clansmen to add to the interest of the occasion
and such other functions as may be decided upon. All who may be
in possession of interesting data are especially asked to come pre-
pared to let the organization have the benefit of them.

The National Hotel will give special rates to members of the
Clan on October 8th, 9th and 10th, 1909, as follows: European plan,
$1 per day. American plan, $2 to $2.50 per day; and will allow the
gratuitous use of its Auditorium. Headquarters will be opened at
the National, early on the 8th and at 11 a. m. the first session will
convene. Come early to get acquainted. Please write to the Scribe
at once and say if you expect to attend.

Also send him the name and address of every one you may know,
who is entitled to clanship.

An invitation includes the whole family. Mark with asterisk each
one to whom a separate invitation should be sent.

Chief, Dr. Edward May Magruder, Charlottesville, Va.
Scribe, Dr. Jesse Ewell, Ruckersville, Va.


THE organization of this Society owes its inception to Dr. Jesse
Ewell of Ruckersville, Va. At his suggestion a meeting was
held at the home of Dr. E. M. Magruder, 100 West Jefferson
Street, Charlottesville, Va., in June, 1909. Here a temporary organi-
zation was formed under the name of American Branch of Clan Mac-
Gregor with Dr. E. M. Magruder as Chief, and Dr. Jesse Ewell as

Permanent organization was effected at a called meeting held in
the National Hotel, Washington, D. C, in October, 1909, with the
election of Dr. Edward May Magruder, Chieftain; Caleb Clarke Ma-
gruder, Ranking Deputy Chieftain; Dr. Jesse Ewell, Scribe; John
Francis MacGregor Bowie, Deputy Scribe; Caleb Clarke Magruder,
Jr., Historian; Mrs. Roberta Julia (Magruder) Bukey, Genealogist;
Alexander Muncaster, Chancellor; Rev. Ivan Marshall Green, Chap-
lain; Dr. Steuart Brown Muncaster, Surgeon; and the appointment of
Members of the Council and Deputy Chieftains for the several states
of the Union.

The name adopted was American Clan Gregor, which was amended
to American Clan Gregor Society in October, 1911, in accordance
with a suggestion of The Chief of Clan Gregor. Shortly thereafter
Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, hereditary Chief of Clan
Gregor, Scotland, acknowledged the MacGregor descent of its mem-
bership and became titular head and Chief thereof.



Sir Malcolm ]\IacGrecor of MacGregor, Bart.,
Balqiihidder, Scotland.


Elected 1909 and Re-Elected 1910 and 1911

Dr. Edward May Magruder Chieftain

Caleb Clarke Magruder Ranking Deputy Chieftain

Dr. Jesse Ewell Scribe

John Francis MacGregor Bowie Deputy Scribe

Caleb Clarke Magruder, Jr Historian*

Mrs. Roberta Julia (Magruder) Bukev Genealogist

Alexander Muncaster Chanrellor

Rev. Ivan Marshall Green Chaplainf

Dr. Steuart Brown Muncaster Surgeon

•Resigned. fDeceased.



The Elective Officers and the following appointees:
Wii,LiAM Newman Dorsett,
John Bowie Ferneyhough,
Miss Helen Woods MacGregor Gantt,
Col. Spencer Cone Jones,
Egbert Watson Magruder,
Dr. Ernest Pendleton Magruder,
Horatio Erskine Magruder,
Miss Mary Blanche Magruder,
Oliver Barron Magruder,
John Edwin Muncaster.


Mrs. Dorothy Edmonstone (Zimmerman) Allen New Mexico

Mrs. Henrietta Kingslev Hutton (Cummings) Black Louisiana

Benton Magruder Bukey Illinois

Mrs. Jennie (Morton) Cunningham Pennsylvania

WiLBOURNE Magruder Drake Mississippi

Mrs. Elizabeth Robards (Offutt) Haldeman Kentucky

Albert Sydney Hill California

Miss Susan Elizabeth Killam Missouri

Mrs. Matilda (Beall) Lewis Colorado

Miss Cornelia Frances Magruder Florida

Franklin Minor Magruder I 'irginia

George Corbin Washington Magruder Oklahoma

Dr. George Mason INIagruder Oregon

John Read Magruder Maryland

Robert Lee Magruder Georgia

Vesalius Seamour Magruder Ohio

Mrs. Sarah Gilmer (Magruder) McMurdo Montana

Ma J. Edward Magruder TutwilEr Alabama

Dr. Walter Augustine Wells District of Columbia

William Woodward Neiv York

Miss Mae Samuella Magruder Wynne Texas


Dr. Jesse Ewell, Scribe Ruckersville, Va.

Dr. Edward May Magruder, Chieftain Charlottesville, Va.

Caleb Clarke Magruder, Jr., Historian Upper Marlboro, Md*

Mrs. Roberta Julia (Magruder) Bukey, Genealogist Vienna, Va.

(*) Resigned.



American Branch of Clan Gregor (Temporary)

Meets at the

National Hotel, Washington, D. C, October 8th and 9th, 1 909


Morning Session, 11 a. m. to 1 p. m.

Afternoon Session, 3 to 6:30 p. m.

Social Gathering at 8 p. m., in the Auditorium of the Hotel.

Order of Business.

1. Prayer by Reverend Ivan M. Green, Clifton Forge, Va.

2. Meeting called to order and origin and purpose of the move stated

by Temporary Chief, Dr. E. M. Magruder, Charlottesville, Va,

3. General Discussion.

4. Appointment of Committee on Permanent Organization.

5. Prepared Addresses:

(a) "Sketch of Clan Gregor" by Maj. Edward Magruder Tut-

w^iler, Birmingham, Ala.

(b) "The Gregories of Virginia," by Mr. George C. Gregory,

Richmond, Va. (*)

(c) "The Magruders in Scotland and America," by Mr. Henry

Latham Magruder, Chicago, Illinois. (*)

(d) "Alexander MacGruther and the Clan Gregor in America,"

by Mr. John Read Magruder, Annapolis, Md.

(e) "Magruder Wills in Prince George's and Montgomery Coun-

ties, Maryland," by Mr. Caleb C. Magruder, Jr., Washing-
ton, D. C. (*)

6. Volunteer Addresses.

7. Social Gathering at the National Hotel.


Morning Session, 10 a. m.; to be continued as long as necessary.
Order oe Business.

8. Report of Committee on Permanent Organization with discussion

and adoption of constitution and by-laws.

9. Election and installation of permanent ofificers.

10. Announcement of committees and time and place of next meeting.

11. Adjournment.

(*) Deposited in the Archives.


1. Dr. Jesse Ewell, Scribe.

2. John Francis MacGrEc.or Bowie, Deputy Scribe.

3. Mrs. Roberta Julia (Magruder) Bukev, Genealogist.

4. Alexander Muncaster, Chancellor.


October 8th, 1909.

IT has been said that a people who do not venerate and perpetuate
the memory of the lives and deeds of their ancestors will never
themselves do any thing worthy to be remembered or perpetuated
on the world's theatre of action.

A people without monuments is a people without soul, spirit, or
appreciation and lacking in energy to surmount obstacles and ad-
vance to the achievement of prosperity, happiness, and power.

In our own United States, which have the unbounded respect
and admiration of all nations, in almost every city and rural district
stands a shaft to commemorate some hero or exploit that has con-
tributed to the glory of the Republic and has been a potent factor
in its mighty progress toward that pre-eminence it so justly enjoys.

The Greeks and Romans remembered and revered their ancestors,
and no people ever accomplished more than they.

Ancestor worship is the religion of the Japanese, the most ener-
getic and progressive of the human race.

Those of mercenary or commercial disposition may inquire, What
doth it profit a man who his great-grandfather was? To which it
may be returned in partial reply, The memory of a virtuous and
distinguished ancestry stimulates emulation or even superior achieve-
ment and furnishes a fund upon which posterity may draw even
"unto the third and fourth generation."

Of all ties those of racial sympathy are probably the most potent
in binding people together and welding them into one co-ordinate
mass for united action and mutual support.

It was racial sympathy among the Latin nations that forced Han-
nibal, the world's greatest soldier, from the Italian shores to his
first and only defeat on the plains of Africa.

It was racial sympathy that brought together the Germanic Races
for the overthrow of the Great Napoleon and later of his nephew.
Napoleon the Third.

It was the united force of racial sympathy that has extended the
Russian frontiers to include the greatest continuous extent of ter-
ritory of modern times.

In the first half of the nineteenth Century, during the trouble ex-
isting between Great Britain and China, a squadron of British war-
ships was stationed at the mouth of the river upon which the Chinese
Capitol stands. An American man-of-war was also present for ob-
servation. As the diplomatic negotiations dragged their weary
length along owing to the dilatory methods of the Chinese, the
British Admiral undertook to hasten the proceedings by sailing up


to the city in order to strengthen liis country's arguments with his
cannon. His progress up the stream was opposed by some Chinese
forts. In the conflict that followed the British were worsted and
one or more of their ships, having run aground, were in danger
of destruction by the Chinese. The American Commander saw
their dilemma and, giving utterance to the now famous words, "Blood
is thicker than water," hastened to the aid of the British and extri-
cated them from their dangerous situation, although his own govern-
ment had no concern in the quarrel.

Again at Manila it is said that when the German fleet, which was
stronger there than our own, threatened to oppose Admiral Dewey's
attack upon the city, the British Admiral intimated to the German
Commander that any interference with the American Eagle would
be followed ])y consequences that might not conduce to amity be-
tween the Kaiser and the Lion. It is needless to add no interfer-
ence occurred.

The spontaneous utterance of our naval officer, "Blood is thicker
than water," though upon analysis it may prove a meaningless
phrase, yet is clearly understood to be an emphatic expression of
the bond of sympathy that exists betwixt peoples of kindred race;
and the action of that officer and of the British at Manila, as well
as the other instances cited, prove the existence of such a tie which
only requires a suitable occasion to manifest itself.

And if this bond existed among the Latin nations, the Germanic
races, the Slavs, the Anglo-Saxons, the North American Indians,
how much more surely must it be found among those of Celtic origin
from the mountains and glens of Scotland, a country in which the
old patriarchal system of clanship and clan government lived and
flourished down to modern times, and would be in full force today
had it not been abolished in 1748 by the strong hand of the British

This assemblage before me today is composed of descendants of
this old Celtic-Scotch Highland stock, transplanted from the shores
of ancient Caledonia to another soil and another clime; but whether
they be called MacGregors, Magruders, Gregorys, Ewclls, Bowies,
Muncasters, Bukeys, or what, they all have the same Highland
blood and are impelled and bound together by this racial sympathy,
even as bits of steel are drawn together by the attraction of the

But we claim more. It is our proud boast that the immortal blood
of MacGregor swells our pride as well as our veins. And when we
claim that we are MacGregors the name itself is but a synonym of
the binding force of racial and family ties which all the power of
a prejudiced and tyrannical government encouraged by private ven-
geance and mercenary motives could not sever.

We are met together to form an association of these persons of
kindred blood and racial sympathy. I feel that there are in this


gathering of people, all of whom are of kindred race, bonds that
bind them into a community of interest, feelings, hopes, joys, and
pride of birth and ancestry, and that should stimulate them to the
unanimous support of a proposition intended to strengthen those
bonds and to perpetuate memories dear to us all.

Actuated by this feeling, it gave me pleasure and struck within
me a responsive cord when, in the year 1908, my friend, Dr. Jesse
Ewell, first proposed to me the . organization of the descendants
of Clan Gregor in America. At that time nothing was done, but
in June, 1909, he renewed the proposal and it is but just that all
should know "Unto what Caesar to render the things that are
Caesar's," and to whom the meed of praise justly belongs.

At Dr. Ewell's suggestion a preliminary meeting was held in
Charlottesville, Virginia, in June, 1909, of a privileged few who could
be readily assembled; and it is a matter of pride with me that it
was under my own private roof that this gathering of five persons
was held. And because of this feeling of pride, I am willing tO'
hazard the charge of egotism by mentioning the names of those
five persons and the part they played in this momentous transaction.
They were Dr. Jesse Ewell and his daughter, Miss Mary Ish Ewell,.
of Ruckersville, Greene County, Virginia; Horatio Erskine Magruder,
of Keswick, Albemarle County, Virginia; Franklin Minor Magruder,.
of Eastham, Albemarle County, Virginia; and Dr. Edward May Ma-
gruder, of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia.

Franklin Minor Magruder was made temporary Chairman, and
Dr. Jesse Ewell temporary Secretary of that meeting. After some
preliminary discussion Dr. Edward May Magruder was made per-
manent Chairman and Dr. Jesse Ewell permanent Secretary of the
provisional organization which was formed and called "American
Branch of Clan MacGregor." The titles of these officers were soon
afterward changed to Chief and Scribe, respectively, and the prefix
"Mac" was stricken from the name of the organization.

These officers were instructed to issue an invitation to "All in
America who have the MacGregor blood in their veins" to meet at
the National Hotel in Washington, D. C, October 8th and 9th, 1909,
to effect a permanent organization.

The purposes of this movement are:

1. To perpetuate the memory of our ancient Clan Gregor.

2. To bring together the descendants of the clan for mutual ac-

3. To obtain and disseminate information whereby the various
members of the Clan may be enabled to trace their lineage, and by
which a history of the American Clansmen may be compiled.

It is now your duty to discuss this proposition from an unbiased
standpoint and form a permanent organization by adopting a con-
stitution and by-laws and by electing a new set of officers. When


this shall have been accomplished the old organization gives place
to the new^ and, per se, ceases to exist.

In a matter as hastily devised and as rapidly executed as v^ras this
provisional organization many mistakes necessarily crept in. The
originators possessed more zeal and enthusiasm than knowledge or
experience concerning Clan matters. Since their first action they
have learned many things and have received many suggestions that
might have considerably altered their plans had they been known
earlier. Among the sources of information was a letter received
by Dr. Ewell from Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, Hered-
itary Chief of Clan Gregor in Scotland, which throws light upon the
subject of Clan technique of which we were entirely ignorant.

The "Clan" was an institution peculiar to the Celtic Scotch Highlanders,
and the term was applied almost exclusively to the several communi-
ties of these people. The word is Celtic, meaning children, and it
was used to designate "A social group comprising a number of
households the heads of which claim descent from a common ances-
tor, bear a common surname, and acknowledge a chief who bears
this surname as a distinctive title, as 'The MacGregor,' meaning The
Chief of the MacGregors, 'The MacDonald,' The Chief of the Mac-
Donalds. It also includes bondsmen and adopted foreigners." The
idea of kinship was a prevailing one and membership was limited to
descent in male lines only. Daughters who married outside the
Clan and their children were not considered members. The common
surname was formed by prefixing the term "Mac" (which means
son of), to the name of the common ancestor; thus MacGregor
means son of Gregor, who was the common ancestor of the Mac-
Gregors and founder of the Clan Gregor or Children of Gregor.

I would like to call your attention to several points emphasized in
the letter above quoted, which I hope the organization committet
will most carefully consider and discuss:

(l) Membership. — If we be governed by conditions that obtain
in Scotland the membership of the organization would seem to "de-
pend upon whether we form a Clan or a Society."

A Clan in Scotland is limited to those descended in male lines
only from a common ancestor, all bearing a common surname, and
would seem to exclude daughters who have married outside of the
Clan and their descendants, since they bear other surnames. A
Society, however, may include anybody of an}' name according to
its rules and regulations.

Personally, I am not willing to exclude from our organization
that large element of our kindred descended in female lines. To
do so would not only deprive the organization of most agreeable
and desirable members but would be an injustice to some of the
most enthusiastic and valuable supporters of this move. I therefore
urge that, whether we form a Clan or a Society, some means be
devised by which the organization may have the benefit of this valu-


able element, my preference being for a Clan, provided it can be
achieved w^ith this provision.

(2) Name of Permanent Organization. — In the letter of the Scot-
tish Chief above referred to the writer proposes the designation
"Clan Gregor Society of America," which, as he shows, seems lo
ofifer advantages that ought to have weight. As a Society we can
admit or reject any one we choose, while as a Clan, if we are gov-
erned by the Scottish definition, this can not be done. Again, as a
Society we can look to and become affiliated with the Clan Gregor
Society of Scotland as the "parent institution," in accordance with
the suggestion of The Chief. The latter deprecates any name such
as "Branch of Clan Gregor" on the ground that it might imply divi-
sion of the Clan, the argument being that as there is only one Clan
Gregor, all MacGregors, in whatever part of the world they may
reside, belong to that Clan; and to call our institution a "Branch"
might lead to the inference that the Clan was divided. I hope that
the ingenuity of this body will be equal to devising a "Clan" title
that will be free from all these objections.

(3) Title' of Chief Ofiicer.— In like manner the argument is con-
tinued that, as there is only one Clan Gregor and as Clans have
only one Chief and as all MacGregors the world over acknowledge
The Hereditary Chief in Scotland, it would not be appropriate to
use this title for the head of our organization. The title "President"
or some other title rather than "Chief" was proposed; but it seems
to me a title of Clan origin would be more appropriate and more in

(4) Purposes. — It may be found wise to amend and enlarge the
purposes mentioned above so as to include other designs and am-

Before concluding, it would seem a breach of propriety to forego
some allusion, though a brief one, to the history of Clan Gregor,
which presents a striking example of the strength of ties founded
upon kinship.

The MacGregors, claiming descent from a Scottish King of
the Ninth Century, Girig, Grig, or Gregory the Great, early be-
came a powerful Clan, occupying a large extent of the Scot-
tish Highlands bordering upon the Lowlands of Perth, Stir-
ling, and Dumbarton, Shires. At the end of the Thirteenth and the
beginning of the Fourteenth Century some of them were allied with
the Lord of Lome who opposed the accession of Robert Bruce to the
throne of Scotland and hence incurred his (Bruce's) animosity which
was manifested by property confiscations. Others of the Clan, how-
ever, supported Bruce and fought for him at Bannockburn.

The enmity was cherished and augmented by the next king,
David II, son of Robert, a weak monarch who, becoming jealous of
their pretensions to royal origin, resolved to utteily destroy a Clan
which he feared might some day dispute the throne with him.


To this end, by an arbitrary assumption of despotic power, he
gave their lands to the neighboring Clan Campbell, his favorites.
Opposition naturally arose on the part of the MacGregors, who
retaliated in kind, meeting force with force, and undertook to hold
their possessions by right of the sword.

The unequal contest between tyrannical usurpation oacked by
all the power of government on the one side, and the struggle for
existence by a single Clan on the other, could have but one result,
the ruin of the weaker party. The struggle began in the Fourteenth
Century with Robert Bruce and David II, and continued through;
the reigns of all the Stuarts, William and Mary, Queen Anne, the
first two Georges, and only ended during the rule of George III by
the repeal in 1774 of the iniquitous acts of Parliament.

The Fourteenth Century then saw the beginning of those misfor-
tunes and persecutions that have made the history of the MacGreg-
ors unique, single, and alone, in all the annals of time. They were
the victims alike of personal spite and greed, of unjust parMamentirv
enactment, and of despotic royal decrees.

We may consider the treatment of the Hebrews by Pharoah of
Egypt; we may search the records of Greece for the fate of the

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