Thursday, 28 April 2011
Creag an Tuirc- Clan MacLaren
This view from Creag an Tuirc is of Loch Voil in Balquhidder, long associated with Rob Roy and the clan MacGregor, however the clan MacLaren were the original occupants. In 1558 under continuous pressure from the Campbells,the MacGregors moved south into Balquhidder where they massacred 18 MacLaren families and took their farms. There remained an uneasy relationship between the two clans for the next 200 years. The meeting place,slogan and motto of the MacLarens is called Creag an Tuirc- The Boar's Rock. This is situated behind Balquhidder kirk,a short steep climb up Kirkton glen.
The clan MacLaren hold an annual gathering at the Lochearnhead Highland Games due this year on 23 July.