Brigadier Sir Gregor MacGregor of MacGregor, 6th Baronet and 23rd Chief of Clan Gregor, has died at the age of 78.
Sir Gregor, who is succeeded by his son Major Malcolm MacGregor, died in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, on Sunday after a short illness. He lived at the family home Bannatyne, at Newtyle.
Born in Edinburgh in 1925, the son of Captain Sir Malcolm MacGregor and Gylla Lady MacGregor of MacGregor OBE, he was educated at Eton and was commissioned in the Scots Guards in 1944. He saw active service in north-west Europe during the second world war and later served in Palestine, Malaya and Borneo, and was also a member of the Royal Company of Archers (Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland). He was also Brigade Major, 16th Parachute Brigade and rose through the ranks to become Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion Scots Guards and Lt. Colonel commanding Scots Guards.
Following a two-year spell at Fort Benning in the USA, Sir Gregor became Defence and Military Attache at the British Embassy in Athens between 1975 and 1978, before becoming Commander of the regiment's Lowlands Battalion, based at Edinburgh Castle until 1980. In his civilian life he was also Grand Master Mason of Scotland 1988-93.
Since becoming Clan Chief in 1958, Sir Gregor had travelled extensively to MacGregor gatherings, in particular to America and Canada, and was seen as a guiding hand to the clan throughout his tenure. In 1975 he oversaw the 200th anniversary of the lifting of the Act of Proscription, imposed in 1693 by William of Orange, which outlawed the clan name. The Act was finally repealed in 1775.
Sir Gregor is also survived by his wife Fanny and younger son Ninian.
The funeral will be held at Newtyle on Friday, 4th April 2003.
From the Dundee Courier, April 1, 2003