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Glen of Sorrow, a name that seemed to anticipate the event of the


day, which fatal to the conquered party, was at least equally so tO'
the victors, the 'babe unborn' of Clan Alpin having reason to re-
pent it. The MacGregors, somewhat discouraged by the appearance
of a force much superior to their own, were cheered on to the attack
by a seer or second-sighted person, who professed that he saw the
shrouds of the dead wrapped around their principal opponents. The
Clan charged with great fury on the front of the enemy, while John
MacGregor, with a strong party, made an unexpected attack on the
flank. A great part of the Colquhoun force consisted in cavalry,
which could not act in the boggy ground.

"They were said to have disputed the held manfully, but were at
length completely routed, and a merciless slaughter exercised on
the fugitives, of whom betwixt two and three hundred fell on the
field and in the pursuit.

"If the MacGregors lost, as was averred, only two men slain in
the action, they had slight provocation for an indiscriminate mas-
sacre. It is said that their fury extended itself to a party of stu-
dents for clerical orders who had imprudently come to see the bat-
tle. Some doubt is thrown on this fact from the indictment against
The Chief of Clan Gregor being silent on the subject, as is the
Historian Johnston and a Professor Ross who wrote an account
of the battle twenty-nine years after it was fought.

"It is, however, constantly averred by the traditions of the coun-
try, and a stone where the deed was done is called Leck-a-Ministeer,
the Minister or Clerk's Flagstone. The MacGregors impute this
cruel action to the ferocity of a single man of their tribe, renowned
for size and strength, called Dugald Ciar Mohr, or the Great Mouse-
Colored Man. He was MacGregor's foster brother, and The Chief
committed the youths to his charge, with directions to keep them
safely until the affray was over. Whether fearful of their escape
or incensed by some sarcasm which they threw on his tribe, or
whether out of mere thirst of blood this savage, while the Mac-
Gregors were engaged in the pursuit, poniarded his helpless and
defenseless prisoners. When The Chief, on his return, demanded
where the youths were, the Ciar (pronounced Kiar) Mohr drew out
his bloody dirk, saying in Gaelic, 'Ask that and God save me.' The
latter words allude to the exclamation which his victims used when
he was murdering them. It would seem, therefore, that this horrible
part of the story is founded on fact, though the number of youths
so slain is probably exaggerated in the Lowland accounts. The com-
mon people say that the blood of the Ciar Mohr's victims can never
be washed off the stone. When MacGregor learned their fate he ex-
pressed the utmost horror of the deed and upbraided his foster
brother with having done that which would occasion the destruc-
tion of him and his Clan. This homicide was the ancestor of Rob
Roy and the tribe from which he was descended."

Now let us analyze this account of our Patron Saint. He says:


■"Some doubt is thrown on this fact from the indictment against
The Chief of Clan Gregor being silent on the subject, as is the His-
torian Johnston, and a Professor Ross who wrote an account of
this battle twenty-nine years after it was fought." But these points
seem to have little weight with Scott, for he says as I have read
you: "It would seem, therefore, that this horrible part of the story
is founded on fact, though the number of youths so slain is probably
exaggerated in the Lowland accounts."

By this we would naturally infer that the account came from the
Lowlands, and is of Lowland origin. Later, Sir Walter Scott, in a
note to the introduction to "A Legend of Montrose," says: "I em-
brace the opportunity to notice an error which imputes to an indi-
vidual named Ciar Mohr MacGregor the slaughter of the students
at the battle of Glen Fruin. I am informed from the authority of
John Gregorson, Esqr., that the Chieftain so named was dead nearly
a century before the battle in question, and could not therefore have
done the cruel action mentioned. The mistake does not rest with
me, as I disclaimed being responsible for the tradition while I quote
it; but with vulgar fame which is always disposed to ascribe re-
markable actions to a remarkable name — see the erroneous pas-
sage Rob Roy's Introduction: and so soft sleep the offended phan-
ton of Dugal Ciar Mohr."

Before our Clan meeting in Washington in 1909 Sir Malcolm Mac-
Gregor of MacGregor, Chief of Clan Gregor, kindly presented to
our organization two volumes entitled "History of the Clan Gregor"
(the third volume is yet to be published). This History was written
or compiled at the request of the Clan Gregor Society, by one of
its Vice-Presidents, Miss Amelia Georgiana Murray MacGregor, who
is a great-aunt of Sir Malcolm. It is a compilation of all attainable facts
relative to Clan Gregor from its earliest inception, to the restoration
of the name in 1774. The third volume will complete the History up
to the present time. This work reflects much credit upon its author,
who can only be a lady of high talent, of means and of leisure. She
takes up the murder of the students at Glen Fruin. She says, "We
cannot assent to the statement that MacGregors do not deny the
story." Turning to the "Baronage" under the article of MacGregor,
we may see what Sir John MacGregor Murray's views were on the
subject :

"It has been industriously reported, that one Cameron, a servant
of MacGregor's, had murdered a number of boys, the sons of gentle-
men of distinction, who were on their way to the school at Dunbar-
ton, or had come to see the fight; the following reasons may be suffi-
cient to discredit these reports:

"1. That we had few or no young scholars in these days, they
were generally young men from fifteen to twenty-five, and of course
capable of bearing arms.


"2. Glen Fruin. about six miles in length, lies beyond large moun-
tains, at a distance of several miles from and far off any road lead-
ing to Dunbarton; and as the fight was at the furthest end of the
Glen, which was entirely wild and unhabited, so it is totally in-
credible that the scholars should have been there accidently, or that
any boys, much less the sons of gentlemen of distinction, should
walk so many miles to school, across such hills.

"3. Professor Ross, who wrote an accurate account of the battle
in the course of the history of another family, about twenty-nine
years after it was fought, when the truth or the falsity of the report
must have been well known, does not mention such; nor does Mr.
Johnston, who about twenty years after Mr. Ross, wrote a detail
of the battle, and who, as he was employed to traduce the MacGreg-
ors, MacDonalds, and MacLeans, and wrote eulogiums of their ene-
mies, would not have omitted a circumstance, which, if true, would
have afforded him such a field of declamation against this Clan; nor
is there any such cruelty even hinted at in the preamble or any other
part of the Act of Parliament afterward made against them.

"4. Since neither Mr. Ross nor Mr. Johnston mention it, it is
clear no such report prevailed in those days, and therefore it was
trumped up at a later date to serve certain purposes of the enemies
of the MacGregors, or if there were any scholars they must have
been such as had followed their friends as volunteers to the battle
and shared the fate of the day."

We who have sat at the feet of Sir Walter to learn of our family
history have been made to blush with shame at the mention of the
murder of the students at Glen Fruin, and I am glad that there are
so many here today who are ready with me to hail with joy the
knowledge that what we have regarded as a blot on our name, is
doubtless a fabrication engendered by the animosity of those who
envy us our good name and our right to the motto — "Our race is


HOMAS Pickett Magruder, Commander, United States Navy,
took command of the Buena Ventura, the first prize captured
by the United States Navy in the Spanish-American War.



By Caleb Clarke Magruder, Jr.

AS a mark of respect the Clan will please rise while I read the
names of those members who have passed away during the
year 1910:
Thomas Trueman Somervell Bowie, born in Prince George's County,
Maryland, June 12, 1843, died in Washington, D. C, February 12,

James Thomas Woodward, born in Anne Arundel County, Mary-
land, September 25, 1837, died in New York City, April 10, 1910.

Robert Alexander Ewell, born in Ruckersville, Virginia, June 3,
1887, died in High Falls, New York, July 9, 1910.

THOMAS Trueman Somervell Bowie died at his residence, 17 R.
Street, Northwest, Washington, D. C, on the 13th of Febru-
ary, 1910, after an illness of eight weeks following a stroke of

He was born in Prince George's County, Maryland, on the 12th
of June, 1842. Entered first at Brookville Academy, Montgomery
County, Maryland, he later became a student at the Maryland Agri-
cultural College, but left before being graduated at the age of seven-
teen to assume the management of his father's plantation on the
death of the latter in 1859.

On December 3, 1868, he married Agnes Woods McGregor, daugh-
ter of Nathaniel Mortimer McGregor, of Prince George's County,
Maryland, and Susan Euphemia Mitchell, of Scotland. Mr. and Mrs.
Bowie had common ancestors in Nathaniel Magruder and Margaret
Magruder, his wife.

After marrying, Mr. and Mrs. Bowie lived on his farm, "Brook-
field," Prince George's County, Maryland, which property he had
inherited from his paternal grandfather.

Eight children were born of this union: Nathaniel Mortimer, Rich-
ard Somervell, Rina Vernon, Blanche Evelyn; Agnes McGregor, died
in infancy; Helen Swann, John Francis McGregor, George Calvert.

In 1895 Mr. Bowie received an appointment in the War Depart-
ment and held the position until his death, performing his duties
with satisfaction to the department and with credit to himself.

Though for fifteen years a resident of Washington, he kept in
close touch with the people of his native county, and keenly shared
their interest in all matters affecting their welfare. That this interest
was appreciated and reciprocated was evidenced by the large num-


ber of Prince Georgians who attended his funeral from the Church
of the Advent in this city.

Mr. Bowie was among the most enthusiastic of those who planned
for the success of this organization. During its initial stages many
of the minutse of arrangements were assigned him. Each detail
seemed an added pleasure, and we owe him much for all his encour-
aging interest. It was through his influence that this hotel extended
so many courtesies at the first gathering, and it was he who secured
for us the "Sprigs O' Pine" from old "Dunblane," which were worn
as the official insignia on that occasion.

The Clan was officially represented at his funeral by its Historian,
and somewhere among the many beautiful floral tributes which went
with him to his last resting place in Rock Creek Cemetery, he placed
a "Sprig O' Pine," believing that had he known, it would have quick-
ened a responsive cord and warmed his heart toward his clansmen.

Mr. Bowie was the son of Dr. Richard William Bowie and Mar-
garet Weems Somervell, grandson of William Mordecai Bowie, a
volunteer in the War with Great Britain, 1812-14; and Margaret Ma-
gruder, great-grandson of Francis Magruder and Barbara Williams,
great-great-grandson of Nathaniel Magruder and Margaret Ma-
gruder, great-great-great-grandson of John Magruder and Susanna
Smith, great-great-great-great-grandson of Samuel Magruder and
Sarah Beall, great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Alexander Ma-
gruder, Maryland immigrant.

JAMES Thomas Woodward died at his home, 9 East 56th Street,
New York City, April 10, 1910, of cerebral hemorrhage after an
illness of four days.

He was born at "Edgewood," Anne Arundel County, Maryland,
September 27, 1837, one of the plantations of "Abbington Farms,"
called for the ancestral home of the Woodwards in England.

On the death of his father in Florence, Georgia, in 1841, young
Woodward removed with his mother and brother William to Balti-

Leaving school at seventeen he entered the firm of Duvall, Rog-
ers & Co., dry goods merchants of Baltimore, remaining until 1865,
when he moved to New York City. Here he became connected with
the firm of Ross, Campbell & Co., a linen importing house, and, within
a few years, a partner in the concern. As such he was the foreign
buyer and visited Europe twice yearly.

In 1873 he became a director of the Hanover National Bank of
New York City and succeeded to the presidency of the institution in
1876. At that time its capital was $1,000,000, its surplus $70,000, its
undivided profits $55,000, its individual deposits $1,650,000. When


Mr. Woodward died, its capital was $3,000,000, its surplus $11,000,000,
its undivided profits $580,000, its individual deposits $42,670,000.

He was a personal friend of Grover Cleveland and was instru-
mental in securing- for him a third nomination for the presidency.
During the panic of 1893 he was frequently called to the White
House, the President highly valuing his advice on financial subjects.
When a bond issue was determined upon in 1895 Mr. Woodward ad-
vised that it be made a popular loan. The result was an over-sub-
scription, and not since then has the Federal Government considered
the sale of its bonds in a foreign market, thus saving to our own
people the great amounts in interest theretofore paid abroad. He
was President of the New York Clearing House in 1898, and Chair-
man of the Clearing House Committee during the panic of 1907, when
he accomplished much to avert wide disaster to banking interests.

May 9, 1901, was a memorable day in Wall Street. At 12:50 P. M.
not a dollar had been offered to loan brokers of the Stock Exchange
by any bank in the country. Prices broke from 20 to 80 points and
money was 70 per cent, bid with no offerings. A panic was imminent.
J. Pierpont Morgan was appealed to. His answer was: "Go to Mr.
Woodward." His advice was taken with the result that Mr. Wood-
ward sent on 'Change $15,000,000, thus preventing a monetary crash.
Earlier in the year the Hanover absorbed the Continental National
Bank of New York City, considerably increasing its commanding
position in the financial world.

In addition to holding the presidency of the Hanover Mr. Wood-
ward was Trustee of the Union Trust Company of New York, a
director of the Birmingham, Alabama, Realty Company, the Birming-
ham, Alabama, Trust and Savings Company, the First National Bank
of Baltimore, the Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company of Balti-
more, the Greenwich Bank of New York City, the Madison Square
Garden Company of New York City, the Southern Railroad, the Union
Safe Deposit Company of New York City, the New York Clearing
House Building Company and the Newport Trust Company of Rhode

His clubs were the Union, Knickerbocker, Metropolitan, Racket.
South Side Fishing, Tuxedo, Riding of New York, the Maryland of
Baltimore and the Metropolitan of Washington.

He was a member of the Maryland Society of New York, the New
York Society of Colonial Wars and the Society of the Sons of
the Revolution.

Mr. Woodward was not only interested in the development of New
York but in the South generally and particularly his native State.
Among his benefactions to the latter was the Henry Williams
Woodward Hall at St. John's College, Annapolis. When McDowell
Hall, the oldest building of this venerable institution of learning,
established 1696, and after Harvard and William and Mary, the oldest
college in the United States, was partially destroyed by fire, Mr.


Woodward insisted upon its restoration in accordance with its ancient
designs and liberally subscribed, to that end.

He also caused to be restored the old Liberty Tree on the campus
of St. John's, a tree which has figured largely in Maryland history,
said to be between 600 and 1,000 years old. He repaired St. Ste-
phen's Church, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, built a rectory in
memory of his mother and later a parish house in memory of his only
niece, Edith Woodward, with an endowment fund for its care. The
Chase Home, Annapolis, was also a recipient of his generosity.

Mr. Woodward had a summer home, "The Cloister," at Newport,
Rhode Island, and a home at "Belair," Prince George's County, Mary-
land, a two-thousand acre tract including Collington, patented in
1667. the colonial home of Governor Ogle, his "heart's delight,"
which he purchased because it was sometime the property of his
Magruder ancestors. Here in the fall of 1907 he entertained Prince
Henri de Russ XXXII, while on a friendly visit to this country as
the representative of his brother, William IV, Emperor of Germany.
Upon returning to Washington the Prince, in compliment to his host,
registered at a local hotel as "Prince Henri of Belair."

In recognition of his services to his country during many periods
of financial stress, St. John's College conferred the distinguished
degree of LL. D. upon him in 1909.

Mr. Woodward was a bachelor. William Woodward, his nephew,
Deputy Chieftain for New York, inherited his estate and succeeded
him as president of the Hanover National Bank.

His funeral took place from St. Thomas' Church, New York City,
the services being conducted by Bishop Greer of the Diocese of
New York, and the pastor Reverend Ernest M. Stires, and was largely
attended by many of prominence in the social, financial and business
life of his home city. The interment was in the family lot in Wood-

Your Historian sent a "Sprig O' Pine" with the sympathy of Clan
Gregor, for which he received assurances of the deepest appreciation.

Mr. Woodward was a man of kindly heart and generous impulses.
His great success was primarily due to his high sense of honor and
integrity, to which he added quick thought, logical judgment and a
thorough knowledge of financial affairs.

He was the son of Henry Williams Woodward and Mary Edge
Webb, grandson of James Webb of England and Clarissa Harvey
Magruder, great-grandson of Isaac Magruder and Sophia Baldwin,
great-great-grandson of Nathan Magruder and Rebecca Beall, great-
great-great-grandson of John Magruder and Susanna Smith, great-
great-great-great-grandson of Samuel Magruder and Sarah Beall,
great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Alexander Magruder, Mary-
land immigrant.


ROBERT Alexander Ewell was born in Ruckersville, Va., June
3rd, 1887.

In the fall of 1907 he entered William and Mary College, the Alma
Mater of many distinguished Virginians, where he displayed an industry
and faithfulness peculiarly his own. After leaving college he en-
gaged in construction work on the great aqueduct now building be-
tween the Catskill Mountains and New York City.

Here he went in the spring of 1910, and had so satisfactorily
managed those under him that a promotion had come shortly be-
fore his untimely death by drowning while bathing near High Falls,
New York, July 9th, 1910.

Duty was his watchword, and his manly, cheerful disposition made
friends for him everywhere. Full years must be judged by perform-
ance, youth, by its promise — this life gave abundant promise.

He was the son of Dr. Jesse Ewell and Mary Jane Ish, grandson of
John Smith Magruder Ewell and Helen Woods McGregor, great-
grandson of Dr. Jesse Ewell and Ellen McGregor, great-great-grand-
son of John Smith Magruder, who had his childrens' name changed
from Magruder to McGregor by Legislative enactment of 1820;
and Eleanor Clark, born Hall, great-great-great-grandson of Nathaniel
Magruder and Margaret Magruder, greal-great-great-great-grandson
of John Magruder and Susanna Smith, great-great-great-great-great-
grandson of Samuel Magruder and Sarah Beall, great-great-great-
great-great-great-grandson of Alexander Magruder, immigrant.

THE "Official Sprig of Pine" worn at the Second Gathering
(1910) was cut from "Bacon Hall," patented in 1672 by Colonel
Ninian Beall, father of Sarah, wife of Samuel Magruder, First,
and was the gift of Caleb Clarke Magruder, Jr.


IFTS to the Society which are gratefully acknowledged:

HISTORY of the Clan Gregor, Miss Amelia Georgiana Mur-
ray MacGregor of MacGregor, a great-aunt of The Chief and
a Vice-President of the Clan Gregor Society of Scotland; by
The Chief, Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor.

FAMILY Bible of Dr. Zadok Magruder (Col. Zadok (4), John (3),
Capt. Samuel (2), Alexander (1) ), published in London by W.
Richardson and J. Fielding, 1785, containing records of the family
of Col. Zadok Magruder (1729-1811); by Mrs. Minnie Jacqueline
(Hall) Magruder, widow of Robert Lynn Magruder, Phar. D. (Dr.
Robert Pottenger (6), Dr. Zadok (5), Col. Zadok (4), John (3),
Capt. Samuel (2), Alexander (1) ).



Mentioned in Printed Papers, Tail-pieces, and Gifts to the Society;
those contained in "The Gall of the Glan" and Pro-
grams are not included.

Abbington Farms, 60.
Abercrombie, 54.
Abernethy, 15.
Adams, Pres., 29.
Advent, church, 60.
Albemarle Co., Va., 9, 40, 43.
Alpin, 15, 36, 37, 55.
Anchovie Hills, 20.
Annapolis, Md., 20, 46, 61.
Anne Arundel Go.. Md.,

60, 62.
Appling, Ga., 51.
Auchinrenach, 17.
Auchman, 17.
Augusta, Ga., 51, 52. 53. 54.

Bacon Hall, 63.
Bailey, Maria F., 39.
Baldwin, Sophia, 62.
Ballach, 16.
Bannochburn, 11, 16.
Balquhidder, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22,
Baltimore, Md., 20, 46, 47, 60.
Baughman, John W., 45.
Beall, 54.

Eleanor, 52.

Ninian, 50, 63.

Rebecca, 62.

Sarah, 44, 49, 50, 60, 62,
Belair, 62.
Ben Lomond, 35.
Bowie. Agnes W. (M.), 39.

Agnes M., 59.

Blanche E., 59.

Geo. C, 59.

Helen S., 59.

Bowie, John F. M., 59.

Mary, 44.

Nathaniel M., 59.

Richard S., 59.

Richard W., 60.

Rina V., 59.

Thos. T. S., 24, 59, 60.

Wm. M., 60.
Breadalbane, 16, 17, 37, 55.
Breckenridge, Vice-Pres., 47.
59 Brewer, Elizabeth, 44.
Brookfield, 59.
Brooklyn, 48.
Brookville Academy, 59.
Bruce, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17.
Buchanan, Pres., 47.
Buel, Francis, 42.
Bukey, Roberta J. (M.), 39.

Calvert Co., Md., 20.
Cameron, 57.

Campbell, 12, 17, 18, 19, 55.
24. Canmore. Malcolm, 17.

Castle of MacGregor's Isle, 18.
Chambersburg, Pa., 43.
Charlottesville, Va., 9, 30.
Chesapeake Bay, 37.
Chipley, Ga., 53.
Clan Alpin, 15, 34, 56.
63. Gregor, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 20,

28, 30, 55, 57, 64.

MacArthur. 15.

MacDonald, 10, 16, 58.
Clark, Wm. B., 46.

Richard F., 48.
Cleveland, Pres., 61.
Clongowas Wood College, 45.


Cobb, 54.
Collington, 62.
Colquhoun, 14, 18, 56.
Columbia Co., Ga., 50, 51, 52, 53.
Coombs, Barbara, 49.
Corcoran, Michael, 42.
Corse's Brigade, 43.
Craigcrotan, 16.
Craighnigh, 20.
Culpeper Co., Va., 41.

Davis, Adelina (M.), 39.
Bearing, Ga., 51.
De la Ware, 20.
De la Vincendiere, Adelaide B.,

45, 49.
Derbyshire, 45.
District of Columbia, 20.
Drane, Allitha, 52.

Cassandra, 52.

Hiram, 52.

Rebecca S., 52.

William, 52.
Dumbarton, 11, 15, 57, 58.
Dunblane, 20, 24, 60.
Dunkeld, 15.
Dunlap, 54.
Druim Albyn, 15.
Drummond, 12, 14, 18, 19.

Eastham, Va., 9.
Edenton, N. C, 42.
Edgewood, 60.
Edinburgh, 19.
Edinchip, 24.
Ellis, Martha, 52.
English, Wm. H., 48.
Eve, Mary M., 51.
Ewell, Alice M., 31.

Jesse, 9, 10, 24, 36, 55, 63.

John S. M., 63.

Mary I., 9.

Robt. A., 59, 63.

Eather Prout, 45.

Eenlarig, 16.
Eielding, J., 64.
Florence, Ga., 60.
Fontaine, C. R., 41.
Franklin, Benj., 29.
Frederick, Md., 45, 47, 48.
Fredericksburg, Va., 44.

Gallaher, Eleanor M., 39.
Gantt, Helen W. (M.), 39.

Helen W. M., 39.

Jessie W., 39.
Georgia Magruders, 50.
Gettysburg, Pa., 41, 43.
Girig, 11.
Glen Fruin, 13, 14, 18, 19, 55,

57, 58.
Grason, Gov. Wm., 45.
Glenlyon, 31.
Glenmore, 41, 43.
Glenstrae, 15, 17.
Glenurchy, 15, 17, 18, 32.
Graham, 19.
Grand Gulf, Miss., 53.
Grant, 17.

Pres., 29.
Greene Co., Va., 9.
Gregorson, John, 57.
Gregory the Great, 11.
Greer, Bishop, 62.
Griffin, Mary E. (M.), :<9.
Grig, 11.
Griogan, 15, 55.
Grovetown, Ga., 51.

Hall, Eleanor, 63.
Hamilton, Alex., 29.
Hancock, Winfield S., 4H.
Hanover June, Va., 4'n.
Harlem, Ga., 51.
Harris, Mary, 50.

Thomas, 50.

Sarah, (O.), 50.
Harvard, 61.
Henry, Patrick, 29.


Hermitage, 45.
Hicks, Gov. Thos. H.. 47.
Higgins, Laura C. (M.), 39.
High Falls, N. Y., 59, 63.
History of the Clan Gregor,

57, 64.
Hurst, 54.

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