Clan Feud Over Digging up Rob Roy

Liam Neeson as Rob Roy

Liam Neeson as Rob Roy

An old Clan feud has resurfaced after plans were announced that the remains of Rob Roy MacGregor were to be dug up.  The legendary outlaw is believed to have been buried in Balquhidder, Stirlingshire.  But the chief of Clan MacLaren now plans to exhume a body for DNA testing, proving once and for all if it is truely the Scottish folk hero.  Donald MacLaren claimed Rob Roy really lies in an unmarked plot several miles away stating “MacGregor properganda lives on long and hard.  It would be suprising if he was buried in what was a MacLaren kirkyard.  I’m not hugely in favour of bus parties standing around looking at the grave and putting little posies on it.  If he’s not there, this myth would stop.’

 

Rob Roys Grave, Balquidder, Stirlingshire - Or is it?

Rob Roys Grave, Balquidder, Stirlingshire – Or is it?

Rob Roy is thought to have been buried with his wife Mary and his two sons in 1734.  Peter Lawrie, of the Clan Gregor society, called the move ‘desecration’, adding: “How would you feel if we suggested digging up the MacLaren graves?  As far as we are conncerned, Rob Roy is buried in that grave.”

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7 thoughts on “Clan Feud Over Digging up Rob Roy

  1. Lorraine Wright

    I think it is definitely Rob Roy in the grave. Why shouldn’t it be? Why on Earth would people claim it was his grave in the first place if it wasn’t? It is a very ordinary grave, quite easy to miss, in a very small churchyard in a tiny wee village in Scotland. I have visited on several occassions, and see no reason not to believe so. It is not well publicised, it is a very old grave off the main road by about 5 miles. Not exactly in a prominent position as though it were some money spinning scheme. And if you can imagine at the time of his life, the surrounding country side would be quite remote and wild and all the touristy bits wouldn’t have been there, so it isn’t beyond the imagination to think that he would have lived and died there and went to the church.

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    • Susan Meacham

      I am related to both the McLarens and the MacGregors. Which side am I supposed to take? I have been to the old churchyard at Balquidder and I agree with Lorraine’s analysis.

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  2. Laurie

    Hell, we might as well dig up a few others while we are at it aye? I mean WTH, we aren’t diggin up Elvis for DNA just because we see him everywhere!

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  3. COLIN MACLAREN

    IF THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT IT IS NOT ROB ROY’S GRAVE IT NEED TO BE ESTABLISHED AS IT IS A MACLAREN GRAVEYARD
    AND THE MACGREGORS WERE NOT THAT POPULAR I BELIEVE BECAUSE OF AN ON GOING FUED.

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  4. Colin wood (lawrie)

    He shouldn’t even be in there…it’s a Maclaren graveyard !! I say get him out…if he’s even there

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  5. Hugh

    I was under the impression that since his status of “Outlaw” he would have been buried in an undisclosed location which has been done throughout history, you know that whole Martyr thing…

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