In 1671, at only 18 years of age, he fought at
the battle of Killiecrankie for the Jacobites who he continued to
support the rest of his life. In January 1693 at CorrieArklet farm
near Inversnaid, he married his sweetheart, Mary Helen MacGregor
of Comar who was born at Leny Farm, Strathyre. They lived by Loch
Lomond and Rob earned his living as a cattle trader.
There is recorded proof of four sons only. They
were James, known as Mor, or Tall; Ranald; Coll; Robert, known as
Robin Oig, or Young Rob. A cousin Duncan was adopted.
In 1715, Rob led his clan to battle in support
of the Jacobites. He was charged with treason, but escaped from
prison. He lived the rest of his life as an outlaw, taking protection
from allies and making narrow escape from enemies.
There are many legends of imprisonment but no
proof. He was captured several times but always daringly escaped
as he had no shortage of powerful allies to shelter him.
He despised needless bloodshed, and fought against
the injustice that plagued his clan -- aggressively but with foresight.
His escapes from justice and his skill with the broadsword earned
him the reputation as the hero of the Highlands.
He died in his house at Inverlochlarig Beg, Balquhidder,
on 28th December 1734. In his will, given by his wife to the Commissary
at Dunblane, he left £274:13:4 Scots, equal to £23 English,
all to her.
He was buried in
Balquhidder Kirkyard, confirmed by information given by his
descendants to the Clan Gregor Society.
The detail on the
ornamental bronze rail round his grave gives his age wrongly
as 70. He was 63.