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any lineage in this broad land; and while there are others who may
equal, certainly there are none who can excel it. This is my delib-
erate opinion derived from an experience of four score years.

"Clannish" is a very expressive word indicative of the tenacity
of purpose and earnestness with which the various Scotch Clans,
notably the MacGregor, clung to their several organizations at the
risk of everything they held most dear, and in defence of it, through
persecution, fire and sword, they stood by each other to the death.

I once asked a distinguished member of our Clan for his aid and
influence for another. His reply was: "I do not know him for whom
you ask my help, but he is a Magruder, and I will do all I can for
him." We did not accomplish our desire, but I will ever gratefully
remember the incident. This I offer as an illustration of the spirit
of the good old Scotch word, "clannish," in its application to modern
and less turbulent times. Let us of the MacGregor be ever clannish
for each other, but never negligent of our duty to those not of us.

I am loath to take up time needed for consultation upon questions
you will have to consider, but I would think myself very remiss if
I failed of at least a very brief notice of a most important and
interesting part of our sept, I mean the women of the MacGregor.
To the spirit, the beauty and the devotion ascribed to Mary (Helen)


MacGregor* they unite the refinement, culture, grace and virtues
born of more than two-and-a-half centuries, the most refining in the
history of the world; they give zest to and multiply our joy, and
they minimize and share our sorrows. All honor then to the wives,
the mothers and the daughters of our Clan !

On the shield of Maryland is the motto: Fatti Maschii Parole
Femine, meaning manly deeds, womanly words. May it always apply
with truth to the words and deeds of the MacGregor!

BLAZON of the MacGregor Arms:
Arg. an oak tree eradicated, in bent sinister ppr. surmounted
by a sword in bent of the last, supporting on its point in dex-
ter canton an antique crown, gu.


A lion's head crowned with an antique crown ppr.

E'en do and spare not.

Shrioghal mo Dhream.

War Cry:

Ard Choille.


Gleann Bhraoin.

*I have seen the inscription on an iron railing enclosing the graves
of Rob Roy, his wife and their son Col, in the Balquhidder Church-
yard, reading: Mary (Helen) MacGregor, indicating that her name
was Mary although she is popularly known as Helen. — Historian's



Extempore Remarks bv Miss Mary Magruder.

TO many an interest in genealogy seems a useless fad, or a proof
of a foolish family pride.

Many Magruders have been careless about keeping family
records from prejudices which we hope this gathering of the Clan
may overcome.

As we meet together it is interesting to note in those who were
strangers until today the sociability and energy, amounting almost
to intensity, which have characterized near relatives whom we have
known all our lives.

It is a pleasure to think that in places far from each other there have
been those allied to us who have been useful citizens ready to make
sacrifices for the communities in which they have lived.

When the clannishness developed by genealogy, indulged in as a
fad or recreation, strengthens the desire to do one's own share to-
ward making one's own work worthy to form part of our honorable
family record, it can do only good.

When it makes those who have been fortunate help those of the
same blood who have been less so, it is a blessing.

When it makes each individual put forth an earnest effort to cor-
rect faults and overcome failings which are family traits, it is espe-
cially useful.

Perhaps no one idea connected with an interest in genealogy is
more worthy to be taken to heart by us in connection with the
pleasant work which we are undertaking here at this time than that
expressed by Ella Wheeler Wilcox in her poem:

Divine Heredity.

There is no thing you cannot overcome.

Say not thy evil instinct is inherited;

Or that some trait inborn, makes thy whole life forlorn,

And calls for punishment that is not merited.

Back of thy parents and grand parents, lies
The great Eternal Will; that too, is thine
Inheritance — strong, beautiful, divine;
Sure lever of success for one who tries.

Pry up thy fault with this great lever — will;

However deeply bedded in propensity;

However firmly set, I tell thee firmer yet

Is that great power that comes from truth's immensity.


There is no noble height thou canst not climb;
All triumphs may be thine in time's futurity.
If, whatsoe'er thy fault, thou dost not faint or halt,
But lean upon the staff of God's security.

Earth has no claim the soul cannot contest.
Know thyself part of the supernal Source,
And naught can stand before thy spirit's force;
The soul's divine inheritance is best.

UPON the organization of the Society, October 9, 1909, Caleb
Clarke Magruder, Jr., proposed a cablegram to The Chief in
Scotland, worded:
"American Clan Gregor sends you greetings and promises most
loyal fealty."

The message was promptly adopted and forwarded to The Chief at
Edinchip, Balquhidder, Scotland, officially signed by Dr. E. M. Ma-
gruder, Chieftain, and Dr. Jesse Ewell, Scribe, and elicited an ap-
preciative acknowledgment.

THE Rules and Regulations of the American Clan Gregor So-
ciety prescribe that its insignia shall be: — "A Sprig of Pine
surmounting a MacGregor tartan silk ribbon, one and a half
inches wide and not longer than two patterns."

THE "Official Sprig of Pine" worn at the First Gathering (1909)
was cut from "Dunblane," patented by Alexander Magruder,
immigrant, in 1671, and was the gift of Thomas Trueman Som-
ervell Bowie, since deceased.

NINIAN MAGRUDER, [Capt. Samuel (2), Alexander (1)], was Ves-
tryman and Warden of Rock Creek Parish from its organiza-
tion and signer of a petition to make Rock Creek the Parish

His eldest son, Samuel Magruder (3), was a Vestryman in 1734 and,
until his death in 1786, he was almost continuously Vestryman or
Warden. He was also a Justice of the Peace in 1781-'2-'3.



at the

National Hotel, Washington, D. C, October 27th, 28th, and 29th, 1910


Thursday, October 27th.
Evening Session, 8 p. m., followed by Social Gathering.

Friday, October 28th.
Morning Session, 10 :30 a. m. to 1 :30 p. m.
Afternoon Session, 3 p. m. to 5:30 p. m.
Evening Session, 8 p. m., follow^ed by Social Gathering.

Saturday, October 29th.
Morning Session, 10:30 a. m. (To be continued as long as necessary.)


On Music Miss Helen Woods MacGregor Gantt

Deputy Chairman Robert Bryan Griffin

On Register Caleb Clarke Magruder, Jr.

On Introduction Horatio Erskine Magruder

On Hotel Arrangements Dr. Steuart Brown Muncaster


Alexander Muncaster, Mrs. Roberta Julia (Magruder) Bukey, Caleb
Clarke Magruder.


1. Clan called to order by Chieftain, Dr. Edward May Magruder.

2. Prayer by Chaplain, Rev. Ivan Marshall Green.

Hail to the Chief— Chorus.
MacGregor's Gathering — Solo by John Francis MacGregor Bowie.

3. Report of Special Committees (Music, Register, Introduction, Ho-

tel Arrangements.)

Auld Lang Syne.


4. Address of Chieftain, Dr. Edward May Magruder.

Annie Laurie.

5. Report of Scribe, Dr. Jesse Ewell.

The Star Spangled Banner.

6. Report of Deputy Scribe, John Francis MacGregor Bowie.

My Heart's in the Highlands.

7. Report of Historian, Caleb Clarke Magruder, Jr.

My Heart is Sair.

8. Report of Genealogist, Mrs. Roberta Julia (Magruder) Bukey.
The Flower o' Dumblane — Solo by John Francis MacGregor Bowie.

9. Paper — "MacGregor in America" (Original Poem), by Miss Alice

Maud Ewell.

Jessie's Dream.

10. Unfinished Business.

Kelvin Grove.

11. New Business (Amendment to Rules and Regulations, Papers).

The Highland Minstrel Boy.

12. Paper — "The MacGregor in v'^cotland and America," by John Read

MacGregor's Gathering — Solo by John Francis MacGregor Bowie.

13. Paper — "Col. John Bowie Magruder," by Col. William Henry


The Rose of Allendale.

14. Paper — "Enoch Louis Lowe" (Governor of Maryland), by Caleb

Clarke Magruder.

Hey Balloo (Lullaby.)

15. Paper — "The Georgia Magruders," by Robert Lee Magruder, Jr.

Coming Thro' the Rye.

16. Election and Installation of Officers (to be held Friday at the

Evening Session.)

A Highland Lad My Love Was Born.

17. Paper — "Was there Murder at Glen Fruin?" by Dr. Jesse Ewell.

Auld Lang Syne.

18. Volunteer Papers.

19. Appointment of Deputy Chieftains, Non-Elective Councilman, and

Special Committees.

20. Announcement of Time and Place of next meeting.

Auld Lang Syne.

21. Adjournment.



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) Bukey Genealogist

Alexander Muncaster Chancellor

Rev. Ivan Marshall Green Chaplain

Dr. Steuart Brown Muncaster Surgeon


Horatio Erskine Magruder

John Edwin Muncaster

Miss Helen Woods MacGregor Gantt

Mrs. George Peter

Mrs. Dorothy Edmonstone (Zimmerman) Allen

Egbert Watson Magruder

Col. Spencer Cone Jones

Miss Mary Blanche Magruder

Mrs. Rosa (Beall) Bowie

Leroy Stafford Boyd


Deputy Chieftains.

Albert Sydney Hill California

Dr. Walter Augustine Wells District of Columbia

Mrs. Nancy Katharine (Wade) Sowell Kentucky

John Read Magruder Maryland

Hon. Elijah Steele Drake Mississippi

William Woodward New York

Vesalius Seamour Magruder Ohio

Dr. George Mason Magruder Oregon

Mrs. Jennie (Morton) Cunningham Pennsylvania

Miss Mae Samuella Magruder Wynne Texas

George Craghead Gregory J 'irginia



October 26th, 1910.

FELLOW-CLANSMEN, and I include those of both sexes in the
term, the occasion of this assemblage is the second gathering
of American Clan Gregor. A little more than one year ago, on
October 8th-9th, 1909, under the hospitable roof of the old National
Hotel in Washington, D. C. American Clan Gregor was organized
and first saw the light of day.

From this small beginning we have grown into a strong body
which numbers over 200 members and the growth is continuous; and
I have no hesitation in venturing the assertion that among these the
ties are firm and binding even as they were in the days of "fire and

The birth of American Clan Gregor was an interesting occasion.
The Clan was organized, rules and regulations for its government
were adopted, officers were elected, an administrative council was
appointed, valuable papers were read, and last but not least the
gathering was entertained with music that always appeals to Scotch
blood and that wakened into life any remnant of Clan spirit that
may have been dormant.

The Clan is to be congratulated upon its choice of officers and
councilmen selected to aid the Chieftain in the administration of
its affairs, as no organization has ever been more ably, conscien-
tiously, enthusiastically, and harmoniously, served in the midst of
difficulties that were perplexing.

For the benefit of the uninitiated it may be stated that the sources
from which genealogical data are derived, mentioned in the order
of importance, are: (1) Wills, Inheritance of Property, and Deeds;
(2) Epitaphs; (3) Family Bibles; (4) Historical Publications, which
are very unreliable; (5) Tradition, which is hardly worthy of con-

The Clan should publish in book or pamphlet form, for distribu-
tion, the proceedings of each annual gathering and also its Rules
and Regulations.

The advantages of membership in the Clan will be appreciated by
a study of the objects it has set out to accomplish.

The first object of this Clan is "To gather kindred together in
Clanship." This is being done as rapidly as possible, but I desire
to urge upon members the importance of calling the attention of
all eligible persons to the advantages of membership in the Clan.
Each member should constitute himself or herself a committee of
one to work for the organization and so strengthen and upbuild


it that it may be better able to accomplish its high purposes. The
names and addresses of eligible persons should be sent to the Scribe
.and influence brought to bear to induce application for membership.

The second object of the Clan is "To inspirit cordiality among
its members." We are all blood of one blood, kindred, and Clans-
men, and as such should need no formal introduction. It is my
■earnest hope that no one will leave this gathering without coming
in personal contact with our special Committee on Introduction,
whose duty it is to encourage personal acquaintance in order
that Clansmen may carry to their homes a sweet savor of all that
happened here. To this end it is important to encourage and build
up the social feature of the gatherings, remembering the old adage,
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

The third object is "To foster home ties." While this under all
•circumstances is most commendable, to us as descendants of Scotch
Highlanders it should appeal with peculiar force and power, as
among the latter the ties of home, of kindred, and of country, are
perhaps stronger than with any other race and among them the
spirit of Clanship has reached its highest perfection.

The fourth object of American Clan Gregor is "To collect gen-
ealogical and historical records for the compilation of a complete
and authentic history of it and its members." In order to carry
out this purpose I would suggest that members inspire the prepara-
tion of papers bearing upon individuals of their particular genea-
logical lines and have them read at the Clan gatherings. The living
members of each line should take care of their deceased ancestors
and kindred. It matters not that these kin-folk may not have held
high position or have been particularly distinguished. We do not
anticipate more than once in five centuries the sword of a Wash-
ington, the pen of a Jefferson, the voice of a Henry, the brilliancy
of a Hamilton, the statesmanship of an Adams, the acumen of a
Franklin, the tenacity of a Grant, or the genius of a Lee; but bear in
mind these facts: There is some good in, some lesson to be learned
from, the life of every one; there are some to feel an interest in
the life of every one, and I urge the members of this Clan to
biographical effort. The sketches need not be long, but they should
contain only well authenticated and authoritative facts.

For the enlightenment of those who may not be familiar with the
technical significance of "Clan," it may be well to repeat that the
term "Clan" means children, offspring, descendants, of a common
ancestor, all having the same surname and bound together by a

■ community of interests and for mutual protection. In the Scotch
Highlands the "Essence of Clanship consists in descent in male lines
alone." Only sons and their children are recognized as members of
a Clan. Daughters after marriage outside of their own Clan forfeit
membership and with their children become members of the Clan

■ of their husbands. This is observed with great strictness in the


Highlands where Clans are numerous and nearly every one belongs
to one Clan or another.

Now, in the organization of American Clan Gregor we have ignored
the Highland requirements of a common surname and descent in
male lines and have admitted to membership descendants in female
lines having a great variety of surnames. This is incompatible with
Clanship in Scotland and our organization cannot be recognized
in that country as a part of Clan Gregor nor affiliate with the Clan
Gregor Society.

The organizers of this Clan were partially familiar with the above
requirements and their reasons for ignoring them were these : In the first
place, we were wedded to the word Clan whose powers of fascination were
irresistible. In the second place, our people in this country are scat-
tered over such wide areas and those limited to a common surname
and to descent in male lines only are so few and widely separated
that to form a successful Clan upon the Scotch plan was impracticable.
In the third place, there was a sentimental unwillingness to exclude
daughters and their children who, in this almost Clan-free country,
would have no other Clan with which to unite. In the fourth place,
it was thought poor economy to deprive the organization of the
talent, ability, and enthusiasm of kindred descended in female lines.
Lastly, the strictness of Highland adherence to the "Essence of Clan-
ship" was not appreciated.

We have, therefore, forfeited recognition by The Chief and Clan
Gregor Society of Scotland. This, however, does not mean that our
love, admiration, and reverence for the Clan of our forefathers
has waned. No! We will make it a special point of duty and
honor to keep green and cherish as a rich heritage the memory of
a race which set an example of supreme courage and loyalty when
its name, the name of MacGregor, carried with it the penalty of
an ignominious death.

The future of American Clan Gregor is a bright one. It has be-
hind it that enthusiasm and Clan feeling which is second nature with
all who have Highland Scotch blood in their veins; and it is this
that causes the conviction that the small germ which first began
to swell in Ruckersville. which sprouted in Charlottesville, and which
put forth leaves and branches in Washington, will grow into a
mighty tree capable of bringing forth fruit not only for us but
for our children's children.

It is our duty then to see to it that this move so auspiciously begun
shall not languish but continue to grow in volume and importance
to be handed down to posterity as a proud heritage from their sires>



By Miss Alice Maud Ewell.

LOW grind the Mills of God.
' Three hundred years have gone

Since the Dark Fight was fought
By gray MacGregor's Stone.

Then bloody Death held sway
With terror in his train.
Grim was the hour and dark,
Full fraught with strife and pain.

For to some the Seer had said:
"Go forth to smite and slay."
All in their shrouds enwrapt
And doomed past saving they.

And there was treachery foul
To make that doom seem fair.
Shall one not crush the hand
That guides him to a snare?

But the rage of man unchecked.
It is a dreadful thing,
And such as ill becomes
The Children of a King.

O Glen of Sorrow dark !
Of sorrow and of sin !
How long from thee till now
Hath the atonement been !

The sword, the flame, the scourge.

The branding on the cheek.

Ah, mockery of law

That spared not woman weak!

That wrung from helpless babes
The price man's fault incurred!
Still, past three hundred years,
Our righteous wrath is stirred.


Alas and alas for the ground
That they should own no more!
Alas for the heather-purpled hills
And the loch-engirdling shore !

For high Glenurchy's crest,
And deep Glenlyon's shades,
For crumbling hut and tower
And dim deserted glades!

Where some should linger prest
Like hunted beasts of prey —
And some remember long
In homesick worlds away.

By iron hands pushed down,
By civil strife enslaved,
Better the storm-tossed main —
The Western danger braved!

Better the wolf's wild howl,
The Red Man's vengeful yell
Than in the clutch of wrong
'Neath soulless tyrants dwell.

Cold, cold Atlantic's wave,
And dear Auld Scotia's strand,
Yet these their faces turned
To seek a kinder land.

O Maryland, thy shores
Are rich with corn and wine!
Full-tasselled stands the maize-
Full clustered hangs the vine.

Virginia's woods are dark.
But there's no olden feud
To send a death-wound sharp
Out of the solitude.

Ah, hills so fair and blue !
Ah, meadow-slopes of ease !
Happy the exile's lot
Amid such scenes as these.

Happy the plenteous days,
The nights of sleep unspoiled,
The sense of safety won —
Of far-ofif hatred foiled.


And yet remembered still
Was the land that they had left,
Remembered still the name
Of which they'd been bereft.

And the thought it lingered on
As glimmers thro' the haze
Some rocky crag afar
On Indian Summer days.

Slow grind the Mills of God.
Slow passed a hundred years —
Full of the New-World joys,
The New-World hopes and fears.

Burst were old kingly ties.
New forms and faiths had risen,
And Freedom stood re-born —
Snow-white let loose from prison.

Then o'er the sea it came.
That story new and strange —
Of the old curse removed.
Touched as by magic change.

For mightier than the sword
The pen that told their wrongs;
Sweeter than Pibroch old
These new MacGregor songs.

"The Wizard of the North"
Men called him — and the spell
Wrought by the hand of Scott
Who can its wonders tell?

The world awoke and heard,
A king espoused their cause.
See, from the Book of State
Struck are those iron laws!

MacGregor, Come ! — stand forth.
Like Alcest from the grave !*
Throw off thy winding sheet!
High Heaven is strong to save!

''Alcestis delivered from death by Hercules.

To thee is justice done
Upon thy native shore —
No more by slander stained,
An Outlaw now no more.

They come — a thousand men !
They take again the name.
Again their Chieftain stands
Fearless and free from blame.

Again on Highland hills
Clan Alpin's pipers play.
Hark to the shrilling notes
Of triumph — wild and gay!

Again the tartan waves.
Ah, see it flash and shine!
Red as their kingly blood,
Green as their living pine!

Ten thousand tongues applaud.
Ten thousand eyes admire —
As when from ashes cold
Leaps high the living fire.

And we across the deep —
We of the self-same line!
Sent we no message then —
Of fellowship no sign?

How could we wait apart?
How so withhold the hand?
But hush — No scornful word,
"Not yet," was fate's command.

All honor to the one

Who claimed his children's due.f

Yet deem not him alone

To the old traditions true!

Is love accounted less
That sometimes fails of speech?
Nay — to its deepest depths
May not such silence reach?

tjohn Smith Magruder, of Prince George's County, Maryland,
through legislative enactment of January, 1820, changed the name
of his children from Magruder back to McGregor.



So voiceless passed the years
For all the memories there.
Not yet the time had come
That should their right declare.

But yet remembered still
Was the land their fathers left,
Remembered still the name
Now bright in His.tory's weft.

And the thought it lingered on,
As glimmers through the haze -
Ben Lomond's crags afar
On mist-dim autumn days.

Slow grind the Mills of God,
None see the wheels move on.
Time's mighty flow none see.
Yet lo ! — the task is done!

The toll is taken fair.
The bread of life is given.
To each his measure meet !
His share of Hell or Heaven [

So fared it with the race
Of Alpin, tried and true —
Each bearing on his part —
In this the order new.

Another century 's round
Swept on its changeful way,
Dawned on wide, wondering eyes
Another harsher day.

And Civil War swept by
And left its dreary train
Of unaccustomed toil.
Of poverty and pain.

Gone was the earlier time,
The old Colonial ease,
The years of gold and power,
And fierce unrest were these.

Until men's hearts awoke,
And cried: "Return — go back!
To the old loyalties.
The old historic track!


"Find thy beginnings — find
Some good mayhap long lost!
Weary the heart and brain
With vain essayings tossed !

"Back to the old love and faith,
x^nd red blood running clear!
Thicker than water 'tis
When hearts know pain and fear!"

And so one day the thought
Came to a single man,$
"Gather again thy kin
To be once more a Clan!"

MacGregor, hear! Once more
The call is for thee — Come !
After three hundred years
Thou art not deaf or dumb.

Hark to the old free cry !
Ard Choille, the High Wood rings,
Hear from their pine-clad heights
Speak thine ancestral kings!

Hear Alpin and his sires

To Gregor and his sons,

"Come, take the prize that's given

To him who patient runs.

"Take thou again thy sword —
And use it but for right !
Take thou again thy crown —
And keep it's honor bright.

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