The Red Book of Scotland project is only one aspect of my overall research activities. I have over thirty years continual experience of research within a diverse range of historical sources and offer a full range of services. These include;

  1. Standard genealogical research to track down and identify illusive ancestors;
  2. Research and reporting for legal cases including (1) petitions to the Lyon Court for claims to dormant arms and titles, and (2) lawyers requiring documentary evidence and transcriptions;
  3. Name studies: comprising a thorough investigation within primary sources to gather extant information to piece together accurate and fully-referenced genealogical accounts of specific families;
  4. Research on behalf of authors who require focused investigations into families, individuals and their land, financial and personal interests.

Costs: As each case is unique there is no standard fee. For further information please complete the form below and we will get in touch with you to discuss further.

Customer's comments include:

“Gordon MacGregor has been of tremendous help to me regarding seventeenth and eighteenth century Scottish family members. When I reached a dead end in my research, Mr. MacGregor was able to locate documents that elucidated what I wanted to know. His endeavors exceeded my expectations. I’ve also found his Red Book an invaluable resource in making genealogical connections among numerous families. Any serious researcher would be well advised to consult with Mr. MacGregor to enhance his/her research.” John Altobello, Ph.D., M.A., B.A. Architect, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

“Gordon has done extensive work for the Clan Donnachaidh Society. He succeeded in proving the descent of the Robertsons of Struan from the Celtic earls of Atholl for the first time, which earlier researchers had thought impossible, as well as showing how the cadet families of the clan are linked to the chief. Similarly he demonstrated the lines of descent from the Earl of Buchan for several of the Stewart lairds of Atholl, a discovery that many earlier genealogists had failed to detect. I know of nobody else in Scotland with his expertise and skill in genealogy.” James Irvine Robertson, Author, Journalist and Broadcaster.

“Gordon MacGregor was commissioned in 2014 by the Clan Wood Society to conduct research into the accuracy or otherwise of our knowledge of the chiefly family, the Woods of Largo, Fife. He achieved his brief over a period of just over 12 months, during which he found and connected some missing dots in the succession picture and removed some misleading 17th and 19th century guesswork that had been obscuring the facts. He did so not by indulging in short-cutting speculation but by seeking only consistent primary evidence that can be relied on by the Court of Lord Lyon, chroniclers and researchers in the future. We would have no hesitation in recommending his services to any enquiring organisation or individual." Nick Wood, (Secretary, Clan Wood Society).

"We first contacted Gordon MacGregor in 2013 about a Campbell line that had led us to a brick wall and had defeated a registered Researcher. Gordon took over. He combined our information and family traditions with the primary sources and found we were descended from the Campbells of Inverveich and Edinample, both of the Campbells of Glenorchy. We received this extensive information clearly set out in table form with all the primary sources listed below. Gordon also gave us extra relevant information, photos and the names of books and papers that he had found while researching. In 2017 we contacted Gordon MacGregor again to research a MacDonald line. The primary sources found to date have exceeded our expectations. He has also transcribed some difficult archaic documents, translated a Latin one for us and answered many questions. He is courteous and his work is very thorough and professional. I have no hesitation in recommending Gordon MacGregor for any research.” Carol McKay, author, New Zealand.

I have also appeared as an expert witness in court hearings of a genealogical nature and have worked with various production companies to supply information for their documentaries.


  1. Inglis of Nether Cramond Baronetcy: I am extremely pleased to announce news of Lord Lyon's Interlocutor of 28th January 2019, allowing my client's successful petition to the Inglis of Nether Cramond Baronetcy. The Baronetcy was created in favour of Sir James Inglis of Nether Cramond on 22 March 1687 and fell into a state of dormancy on the death of Sir Patrick Inglis, 5th Baronet, on 24 November 1817. My research and report proved a number of points of genealogy including (1) the client/petitioner to be heir male of the last baronet and (2) their shared descent in the male line from an ancestor who had died in 1602. On account of the client's wish for confidentiality, I can make no further comments on this particular case, however, if required, details can be obtained via the Court of the Lord Lyon.
  2. Clan Pringle Chiefship: I am also pleased to now be able to report on the petition of Sir Norman Murray Archibald MacGregor Pringle of that Ilk and of Stichill, Baronet, to be recognised as Chief of the Name and Arms of the Clan Pringle. I was very pleased to be commissioned by Sir Murray to conduct the required research and supply the necessary written reports with accompanying evidence. Details can be viewed on the Clan's official website which is at:
  3. Oliphant of Newton Baronetcy: updates to follow;
  4. Clan Blair Chiefship: updates to follow;
  5. Carruthers Chiefship; updates to follow;
  6. Livingston Chiefship; details to follow;
  7. Oliphant of Bachilton; details to follow;
  8. & others which are in various stages of preparation.

Whatever your research needs may be, I am sure to be able to help.  Drop me a line and I look forward to helping you in your own research activities.

Gordon MacGregor