Glenlyon History Society

Comann Eachdraidh Ghleann Lìomhann

The Glenlyon HS, Scotland, is run by local residents of Glenlyon (map) with an interest in the local history of the glen.

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Tign Nam Bodach Walk

When: Saturday 12th March. The walk starts at 9:30am - expect to be back at to your car at around 3pm. This is a long walk so please bring all weather clothes and a packed lunch.
Where: We are meeting at 9am at the Loch Lyon Damn.
Why: To see this lovely site and to assess the potential impact of the Allt Cailliche Hydro Scheme on this important historical site.
Who: Everyone is welcome. We have invited the engineering consultants Mott MacDonald and hope they and/or their client will come along to answer questions.
Contact: Jamie Grant, Secretary of the Glen Lyon History Society: secretary@glenlyon.org

posted by Glen Lyon History Society Monday, March 7, 2011

Glenlyon Hydro Threat To Celtic Heritage

Planning was lodged last week for four run of the river hydro schemes on the Auch Estate in Glenlyon. One of these proposed scheme in Gleann Cailliche threatens an ancient and uninterrupted link to our Celtic heritage. Jamie Grant's article refelects upon the ever encroaching threats to our wild places and our heritage.

posted by Glen Lyon History Society Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rena Stewart's Glenlyon Memories Available

The society is making available Rena Stewart's Glenlyon Memories. Rena's family were connected to the Smithy at Invervar and she was a regular visitor to the glen since the 1930's. Her memories provide a colourful insight to life in Glenlyon in the last century.

Rena has also made available copies of photographs in her possession. These have been catalogued as best we can and published on our Flickr site.

If you can add any colour or correction to any of the information published please post on the bulletin board or contact us at secretary@glenlyon.org.

Our thanks to Rena Stewart for taking the time to collect this material.

posted by Glen Lyon History Society Thursday, March 15, 2007

"The Children Of The Mist"

Glen Lyon HS Talk on "The Children of the Mist"

The long winter in Glen Lyon was brightened up on a wild night this January by tales of the MacGregors of Roro. Richard MacGregor, Chairman and Genealogist of the Clan Gregor Society gave a fascinating account of the life, times and fluctuating fortunes of this often ill-fated clan.

Thought to be of royal decent, the MacGregors lost their ancestral home around Glenorchy at the head of Loch Awe at the end of the thirteenth century to the Campbells. From then on they became "an outlawed, lawless and landless clan," based around Rannoch, Balloch at the head of Loch Tay and Roro in Glen Lyon.

The MacGregors were relentlessly persecuted, leading eventually to the use of their clan name being banned in 1603. The ban was only lifted for good in 1774, forcing many to take on new names such as Stirling to hide their true identity.

The earliest records of the MacGregors of Roro date back to the 1460s and they stayed on in the area well until the 19th century. Although little remains of their settlements, Richard MacGregor used stories, pictures, poetry and song to bring these earlier times alive. Most famous of all the Roro MacGregors was the young clan chief Gregor MacGregor, who made a daring escape from his pursuers by leaping across the river Lyon. He was eventually captured and executed by Sir Colin Campbell in 1569. Richard read from the lullaby that MacGregor's grieving wife penned for their child, including the words: "Oh that Finlarig were wrapped in flames, proud Taymouth lying in ashes, and fair haired Gregor of the white hands in my embrace."

Although genealogical records of the MacGregors date back as far as 1379, the clan has been so scattered that there is little clear information about its origins, or where all the descendants have ended up.

Richard explained that a project by the Clan Gregor Society to trace the clan's DNA footprint through the centuries is throwing up some intriguing possibilities. Early results from the DNA testing of over 100 volunteers indicate royal Irish ancestry. There are also uncomfortable similarities between the genetic make up of the MacGregors and the Campbells, suggesting that the old rivals made love as well as war.

The talk was well attended with over thirty people braving the rains to visit Invervar, including two MacGregors who have traced their family trees as far back as the 1650s. "We were delighted with Richard's witty and informative presentation and look forward to collaborating with The Clan Gregor Society again in the future," commented Colin Wilson, Chairman of the Glen Lyon History Society.

For news, history, pictures and recollections on the history of Glen Lyon check out the History Society's web page at www.glenlyon.org. For more information about The Clan Gregor Society and their DNA project go to www.clangregor.org.

posted by Glen Lyon History Society Saturday, February 10, 2007

January Talk - The MacGregors of Roro

Historian Richard McGregor will be giving a talk for the Glen Lyon History Society at 7:30PM on Saturday the 13th of January on: The MacGregors of Glen Lyon in history, legend and DNA. The talk will at Invervar Lodge in Glen Lyon and admission is free.

The history of the Clan Gregor is steeped in bloodshed and legend. Thought to be of royal decent, the MacGregors lost their ancestral home around Glenorchy at the head of Loch Awe at the end of the thirteenth century to the Campbells. From then on they became 'an outlawed, lawless and landless clan,' based around Rannoch, Balloch at the head of Loch Tay and Roro in Glen Lyon.

Glen Lyon was home to a large community of the MacGregors and although little remains of their settlements, they have left behind some great stories of wilder times. Most famous of all was the young clan chief Gregor MacGregor, who made a daring escape from his pursuers by leaping across the Glen Lyon pass. He was eventually captured and executed by Sir Colin Campbell in 1569. The persecution of the MacGregors continued relentlessly, leading eventually to the use of their clan name being banned in 1603.

The MacGregors have long since disappeared from Glen Lyon but the 'children of the mist' are not forgotten.

Richard McGregor is the chief historian for the Clan Gregor Society, first established in 1822. He will give a fascinating insight into the life and times of the MacGregors of Roro, as well explain attempts by the society to track down their ancestors through DNA testing.

For further information contact: Jamie Grant, tel:
01887 877 246, email: jamiemurraygrant@yahoo.com

posted by Glen Lyon History Society Monday, December 18, 2006

1851 census online

Members of the society have transcribed the 1851 census for Glenlyon (part of the Fortingall enumeration district.) The census is now online and can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat reader.

posted by Glen Lyon History Society Saturday, April 22, 2006

Inaugural Meeting Postponed

Sadly we have to postpone our inaugural meeting (planned for Sunday 23rd April) for a number of logistical reasons. We will reschedule in the next few weeks. Apologies for the short notice and any inconvenience caused.

posted by Glen Lyon History Society Saturday, April 22, 2006

Formalising the Society - 23rd April

There will be a meeting to formalise the creation of the Glenlyon History Society on Sunday 23rd April 2006. It will be held at Easter Invervar, Glenlyon at 4pm. The purpose of the meeting will be to create the society, adopt its constitution, appoint the officers of the society and agree any membership fees.

A draft constitution is available to view online. Please send any comments or feedback on the proposed constitution to secretary@glenlyon.org. Send any nominations for positions of Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer to secretary@glenlyon.org.

posted by Glen Lyon History Society Friday, March 17, 2006

Agenda and Speakers for Inaugural Meeting - 19th March

Our first meeting is at 8pm on Sunday 19th March at Invervar Lodge. Turn up any time from 7:30pm. Our speakers for the evening are:

The History of Meggernie Estate - by Tom Beels. Tom has conducted research over the past couple of years into the history of the estate. Tom has a fascinating collection of information from many sources that give a picture of Meggernie and its history.

Life and Times of the Bullough Family - by George W Randall. George will be speaking on the Bullough family who once owned Meggernie Estate and Kinloch Castle on Rhum. George is the the vice president of The Friends of Kinloch Castle Association and is a historian and writer.

The agenda for the evening is:

8:00pm Welcome and Introduction - Colin Wilson
8:05pm History of Meggernie - Tom Beels
8:35pm 15 minute break for refreshments
8:50pm The Bullough Family - George W Randall
9:20pm Questions
9:30pm Close

We hope to see you there.

posted by Glen Lyon History Society Monday, March 13, 2006

Glenlyon 1901 census online

Members of the society have transcribed the 1901 census for Glenlyon (part of the Fortingall enumeration district.) The census is now online and can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat reader.

posted by Glen Lyon History Society Sunday, February 19, 2006

Glenlyon HS Membership

The Society endeavours to meet three times a year. For meeting details see the bulletin board.

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