The motto of the MacGregors is, “Een do and spair nocht,” said
to have been given them in the twelfth century by the king of Scotland.
While the king was hunting he was attacked by a wild boar, when Sir
Malcolm requested permission to encounter the creature. “Een do,” said
the king, “and spair nocht.” Whereupon the strong baronet tore up an
oak sapling and despatched the enraged animal. For this defence the
king gave Sir Malcolm permission to use the said motto, and, in place
of a Scotch fir, to adopt for crest an oak-tree cradicate, proper.
Another motto of the MacGregors is - “Sriogal mo dhream.”
Rob Roy MacGregor
or Robert Campbell, the outlaw. A Highland freebooter, the
hero of Sir Walter Scott's Rob Roy. His wife's name is Helen,
and their eldest son Hamish. In the Two Drovers MacGregor or
MacCombich (Robin Oig) is a Highland drover.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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