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Here are some Gregory stories
and
accounts over the years:

 

Early Gregorys in England

 

H.B. Guppy had the following to
say in his 1890 work Homes of Family
Names in Great Britain.
“Derbyshire is the great home of the Gregorys, who,
however, are also established in different parts of the country,
Northamptonshire ranking next to Derbyshire in this respect, but they
are rare
or absent in the east of England and in the northernmost counties.
In Derbyshire
they have been established for many centuries – the Eyam family of
Gregory
carry their descent back to the times of Edward II. 
A
Warwickshire family of
the name began their pedigree with John Gregory, lord of the manors of
Fresely
and Asfordby in Leicestershire, in the 13th century.
About that time the name was also to be found
in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire
.”



The Gregors of Cornwall



The family of Gregor came into some prominence
during the 16th and 17th centuries as merchants in Truro and their
wealth and
standing steadily increased. In the early 1600’s Francis Gregor began
acquiring
property all over Cornwall.  It was his
son John who purchased Trewarthenick House in 1640.
This was to be the family home for over two
hundred years.

His son Francis was a learned man, interested in
antiquities and
in politics.  He carried on a lifelong
correspondence with two of his Cambridge associates – Dr. Stephens of
Droxford
in Hampshire, a learned clergyman who was deeply interested in
classical
literature; and Dr. Lombard, who was presented to the living of
Lanteglos-by-Camelford and whom Gregor had rescued from a tricky
situation in
Truro.  This learned German doctor had
been searching in vain for the road to Lanteglos, his atrocious
pronunciation
preventing anyone from understanding where he wanted to go.  The letters between these three scholars
still survive.

William Gregor, who was born in Trewarthenick on Christmas Day 1761, was a clergyman who developed an
interest in
Cornish minerals.  At the age of thirty
he was analysing the ilmenite sand from a Cornish beach when he came
across a
new substance that was unknown to him.
He named it manaccanite and it is now known as titanium.

The death of Charlotte Anne
Gregor in 1825, at the early age of 24, brought to an end the direct
line of
these Gregors.  Inheritance passed to a
relative, Loveday Sarah Gregor, and her husband assumed the name and
arms of
Gregor.  This line ended, as did the ties
with Trewarthenick House, in 1909.

 

 

The Gregory Family in Aberdeen


The Gregory family papers kept in Aberdeen relate to
the distinguished family of academics, who descended from John
Gregorie, a
minister of Drumoak in Aberdeenshire, and his wife Janet Anderson in
the early
17th century. They had five children, Alexander, David, Margaret,
Isobel and
James.  The main lines came from David
and James.

Their eldest son Alexander was murdered in 1664 without issue and was
succeeded by his brother David to whom he left his estate of Kinairdry.

David, a doctor, married twice and was
reputed to have had 29 children.  Three
of them –  David, James, and Charles
–  went on to hold distinguished academic
careers at the Universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews and Oxford.  David’s son David became Regius Professor of
Modern History at Oxford and Charles’s son, also David, succeeded his
father to
the Chair of Mathematics at St Andrews.

John’s son James was a mathematician,
credited with the discovery of calculus, and was a contemporary and
friend of
Isaac Newton.  His son James was a
Professor of Medicine at King’s College in Aberdeen, the first of
several
medical professors that descended from this side of the family.

 

 

 

Robert Gregory and
His Three Sons

Robert Gregory went out to India in the 1750’s and made
his
fortune as an East India Company merchant.
On his return in 1768 he purchased the Coole Park estate in
Galway.  
He had three sons:

  • the eldest Robert followed in
    his father’s footsteps and took up a position with the East India
    Company.
    Unfortunately, his passion for cock-fighting earned him his father’s
    enmity and
    in 1784 he was disinherited.

 

  • the second son Richard served in the army but was
    brought up on charges of cowardice when his troops deserted during the
    Valenciennes campaign in 1793. He withdrew from society and later
    suffered a
    stroke.  The animosity between Richard’s
    young wife – a schoolgirl who he had married secretly and then kept in
    a
    separate house disguised as a sailor – and the wife of Robert Gregory’s
    third
    son, William, led to his complete alienation from the family. 
  • and it was only this third son William who did
    well, serving as Civil Undersecretary for Ireland from 1812 to 1830.

The Gregory line continued through this third son William.

The Gregorys of Union
County, South Carolina

There were two Gregory families that made their home
in Union county, South Carolina in the 1770’s, both coming originally
from
Virginia and neither apparently related.

One line descended from Isaac and Alse
Gregory of Mecklenburg county, Virginia who moved via the Piedmont
trail to
Union county in 1767.  Another line came
via Surry and Isle of Wight counties, Virginia along the coast to Union
county.

Both of these lines had large families.
At one time it was said that you could stand on any part of Main
Street
in Union and throw a stick.  No matter
the direction or how far you threw, it would hit a Gregory.

 

The Gregory
Cricketing Family in Australia

In 1813 Henrietta Gregory, a servant, was convicted
at the Old Bailey in London of being in possession of a forged
banknotes and
sentenced to 14 years transportation to Australia.
She departed in 1814 on the convict ship Broxbornebury
with her four young
children.

She was only to live another five years, dying in Sydney
at the age of
45.   Her three sons entered a male
orphan school by the Tank Stream.

Edward
her eldest son became an apprentice shoemaker and excelled at his work.  He was listed as a shoemaker with his brother
George on Castlereagh Street in Sydney in the 1828 census.
He and his wife Mary Ann raised seven sons –
Edward, Walter, David, Charles, Fred, Albert, and Arthur – all of whom
played
cricket and five of whom represented New South Wales.

The greatest of the seven
was David who captained the first Australian XI to defeat an
All-England team
in Australia in 1877.  He also
captained the first Australian team to tour England in 1880. 
He was a man of striking appearance. According
to one observer, he “looked
like an Old Testament prophet not long out of training college.”

His brother Edward or Ned played in the first recognized Test match between
Australia and England
in Melbourne in 1877.  Ned’s son was Syd
Gregory, another famous Australian cricketer.
And Syd’s brother Charles was father to Jack Gregory, the fast
bowling
allrounder for Australia in the 1920’s.

 

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