With America’s biggest reality star, Kim Kardashian, being unveiled as Scottish royalty – we take a look at who her long lost relative Rob Roy MacGregor really was.
In an exclusively revealed in today’s Daily Record, the LA businesswoman can draw her family lineage right back to the MacGregor clan thanks to her grandmother’s Scottish roots.
And being a relative of outlaw Jacobite rebel Rob Roy means she has a link to the first King of Scots, Kenneth MacAlpin.
She is reality TV royalty and now she’s officially a Scottish Queen, but who exactly is Rob Roy?
Rob Roy was a famous Scottish outlaw who was born in the Loch Katrine area of Stirlingshire in 1671.
His clan, the McGregors, have the motto “Royal is my Race” and always claimed to have a direct claim to the Scottish throne, being descended from early Scottish kings.
Clan founder Gregor was said to be the brother of the first Scottish king Kenneth MacAlpin.
He joined his father in the Jacobite uprising of 1689 to fight for the cause of James II (VII of Scotland) who had fled from Britain in the Glorious Revolution of 1688.
The highlanders under Bonnie Dundee were defeated in 1689, and MacGregor’s father was jailed for two years.
Under the Indemnity act of 1717 every Highlander who was involved in the uprising was eventually pardoned, except the MacGregors.
He is known to many as a ‘Scottish Robin Hood’ and he became a folk hero because he always fought for the underdog, stealing from the rich to give to the poor.
He became world famous following the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s novel Rob Roy in 1817 prior to his life story reaching new generations via the 1995 Hollywood movie starring Liam Neeson.
Rob Roy died on his farm in 1735, after ‘retiring’ and leading a ‘quiet life’ of cattle trading. He was buried in a family plot in a churchyard at Balquhidder with a stone inscription which reads: ‘MacGregor despite them”.
Today, you can follow in the drover’s footsteps on the Rob Roy Way which runs from Drymen to Pitlochry and takes in some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery.