Clan Gregor Badge, Clan MacGregor, Scottish Clan Gregor, Scottish Highland Clan
Clan Gregor or Clan MacGregor is a Highland Scottish clan that claims an origin in the early 800s.
Robert the Bruce granted the barony of Loch Awe, which included much of the MacGregor lands, to the Chief of the Campbells. The Campbells harried the MacGregors who were forced to retire deeper into their lands until they were largely restricted to Glenstrae.
In 1589 John Drummond, the Kings forester, was murdered after hanging some MacGregors for poaching. The Chief, Alasdair MacGregor of Glenstrae, took responsibility for the act and was condemned by the Privy Council. King James VI issued an edict proclaiming the name MacGregor “altogidder abolished,” meaning that those who bore the name must renounce it or suffer death. The persecution of Clan Gregor finally ended in 1774 when the proscription was repealed – 171 years later.
The clan's most famous member is Rob Roy MacGregor of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. His somewhat fictionalized adventures have been immortalized in Sir Walter Scotts novel, Rob Roy. The Clan is also known to have been among the first families of Scotland to begin playing the bagpipes in the early 17th century.
Each item begins as a piece of bronze sheet metal. After the pattern is transferred to the metal, the piece is etched in a salt-water solution. The piece is then hand cut, filed and sanded. The pin back is soldered on. The badge is then cleaned, a patina applied then a clear polymer coating is applied. A long process but well worth it.