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The MacGregor feud from Clan Campbell of Glenorchy Letters in GD112

I have selected letters from the NAS Breadalbane Collection GD112 relevant to the Clan Gregor between 1562 to 1583.
These manuscript letters are owned by the National Archives of Scotland, and the copyright of the letter transcripts is held by Prof. Jane Dawson, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.

Transcripts have been downloaded from the University of Edinburgh click here for http://www.ed.ac.uk/divinity/research/resources/breadalbane/letters
See Bottom of page for explanation of the conventions used on the University website.

I have taken the transcripts and rendered each sentence on a new line to make them more readable on a webpage. My purpose on this site is to highlight the problems experienced by the Clan Gregor in this period and where appropriate I have attempted a modern english rendering in italics underneath the original line, any errors in this are mine alone and not from the University.


The Beginning - Letters 6-10 27th June 1562 to 21 June 1563


The Skaythe - Letters 11-20 1st October 1563 to 6th June 1564


Ireland and attempts at reconciliation - Letters 22-36 11th September 1564 to 16th March 1565


Further negotiations - Letters 39-47 5th April 1565 to 28th August 1565


Reconciliation? due to the Marian conflict - Letters 48-75 30th August 1565 to 25th December 1565


The capture of Gregor Ruaadh (1/8/1569) and aftermath of execution in 1570 - Letters 92-101 2nd August 1569 to 10th June 1570


Gathering forces against the Clan - Campbell of Glenorchy Letters 103-119 - 14th June 1570 to 24th July 1570


Struggles of August 1570 - Campbell of Glenorchy Letters 124-137 - 31st July 1570 to 14 August 1570


Raid on Gregor McAne August 1570 - Campbell of Glenorchy Letters 139-148 - 18th August 1570 to 26th August 1570


Negotiating a truce - Campbell of Glenorchy Letters 150-173 - 6th September 1570 to 7th October 1570


End of the conflict and settlement in Rannoch - Campbell of Glenorchy Letters 174- 199 7th October 1570 to 29th January 1581


The University website includes the following explanations of conventions used:

The information in the headings follows modern usage where possible, providing the standardized form of place-names and the usual modern form of personal names and titles.

For Gaelic names the conventions used in Acts of Lords of the Isles eds. J & R.W. Munro [SHS 1986] p. lxxxiii, have been followed.

In the body of the letters 'Mc' and 'Vc' have been treated as abbreviations and expanded to 'Mac' and 'Vic'. In dating the year is taken to begin on 1 January, though the dates within the letters have been retained as written.

The original internal layout of the letters has been retained and within the text of the transcript the start and end of each line corresponds to the lines within the manuscript.

The entire text of each letter, even those badly damaged, has been included. Damaged portions of the manuscripts have been indicated by unspaced points, viz ..., and uncertain readings have been placed in brackets. Sections within asterisks have been inserted into the main body of the text from their original position in the manuscript margins.

The original spelling of the manuscript letters has been retained and the characters 'thorn' and 'yogh' have been transcribed 'y' and 'z' respectively [in the SHS edition they are transcribed 'th' and 'y'].

To aid reading capital letters and minimal punctuation have been inserted and all abbreviations and contractions silently expanded.

Readings from the MacGregor transcripts [GD50] have been placed within brackets.