The Braes of Balquhidder
Muirlaggan was originally owned by the Mac Intyre clan and has now been in the Fergusson family for seven generations and the present proprietor was born and brought up there.
The present Muirlaggan house is the fifth on the property and was built around 1700 and was extended in 1750. The remains of three of the previous houses are still discernable on the low ground.
Rob Roy MacGregor was born in the mid 1650's the second son of Donald MacGregor at Inverlochaig at the head of Loch Doine. His life as an outlaw started when he was unable to repay money that he had borrowed form the Duke of Montrose to fund his growing cattle trade. The Duke seized his lands and property and Rob Roy fled with his debt unpaid. From this time onwards Rob Roy and the followers he had gathered, at one time as many as 500 men, profited from raiding lands of the Duke and those of his neighbours. Though he relieved many of their property it is said that he was never brutal or cruel with his victims and never stole from the common man, there was after all no profit from robbing a poor man.
His success allowed him to send each year a cow and a fat sheep to the minister of Balquhidder who in turn made no inquiries about the source of his wealth. It was during this time that the Duke of Montrose captured Rob Roy but he made a famous escape, with the aid of a friend in the employ of the Duke at the ford in the river near Balquhidder. Rob Roy died in his home in 1734 and was buried in the small churchyard in Balquhidder.
The local scenery has been used as a backdrop for a number of film makers in the past, featuring in 'Geordie', 'The Thirty Nine Steps' and more recently 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'
Altogether a beautiful part of the world full of history and romance.
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