Kim Kardashian is British royalty – all hail the Kween!
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star has been unveiled as a relative of Scottish hero Rob Roy McGregor and a descendant of Scottish royalty, reports the Daily Record .
The reality beauty can trace her family lineage right back to the MacGregor clan and is related to the famous cattle thief and Jacobite rebel Rob Roy.
And that gives her a legendary link to the first King of Scots Kenneth MacAlpin.
The startling family tree was uncovered by Scottish journalist and researcher Craig Williams, who was spurred on to investigate after reading about Kim’s family being fond of Scottish names.
Kim’s elder sister Kourtney christened her daughter Penelope Scotland Disick in July 2012, in reference to her mother’s Scottish ancestry.
Now he has carried out a full investigation into Kim’s Scottish background and uncovered the amazing link to the MacGregor clan – who claim royal descent through their clan founder Gregor being the brother of MacAlpin.
Craig was amazed when he found out that the Los Angeles-born socialite and media personality can lay claim to having Highland blood as a descendent of one of the oldest clans in Scotland.
He said: “This all came about because I had seen the name of Kim’s niece was Penelope Scotland Disick.
“I thought the family must be aware of a Scottish background. And sure enough, when I searched the historical records, there it was.
“I had no idea they would be linked to such a towering figure from Scottish history though.
“And as the McGregors claim direct descent from Scottish kings, maybe Kim could have a claim on the throne.”
Folk hero Rob Roy was born in Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire, in 1671, and became famous after the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s novel Rob Roy in 1817. He was also the subject of a 1995 Hollywood movie starring Liam Neeson. His clan, the MacGregors, have the motto, “Royal is my race” and always claimed a direct line to the throne.
The link was uncovered via a search into the history of Kim’s great-great-great gran on her mum Kris Jenner’s side, Margaret Elizabeth Magee.
Born in Mississippi, US in 1856 and living until 1940, she was known as “Betty” Van Zandt following her marriage to Jacob James Van Zandt.
And a 2012 search into her family history reveals Magee’s great-great-great-great-great grandfather was Thomas MacGee, who was born in 1645 in Scotland. The information is contained in a document called the “Magee Family History”, written by Leon Walker from Mississippi and compiled by Leslie Magee, Jr in 1990.
Thomas Magee is believed to have emigrated to Virginia in about 1670 with his
family. He died between 1724 and 27.
Magee was a relation of Rob Roy, who was born in 1671.
Magee is thought to have changed his name from James MacGregor, fighting in his father’s clan for the cause of King Charles I during the civil wars of the 17th century.
He did so during a period of time when having the surname was punishable by death as a result of an edict by James VI of Scotland in 1603, following the death of 200 of the Clan Colquhoun a year earlier at the hands of the MacGregors in the Battle of Glen Fruin.
Some members of Magee’s family who remained in Scotland are said to have later served with their relative Rob Roy MacGregor in support of the Jacobite cause in 1715 and in the battle of Glen Shiel in 1719.
Meanwhile, Thomas Magee’s grandfather, Patrick MacGregor, is believed to have been born between 1578 and 1621 in Scotland, and was said to have been an outlaw operating in the Highlands in 1636.
An 1883 book Americans of Royal Descent by Charles Henry Browning confirms the name change of James MacGregor to Thomas Magee due to his family name being outlawed and that he did indeed move to Virginia.
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