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Kim Kardashian revealed as Scottish royalty after family tree traces back to Highland hero Rob Roy MacGregor

The shocking link to the family tree was uncovered by Scottish journalist and researcher Craig Williams
UPDATED FEB 17, 2020
Kim Kardashian West (Source : Getty Images)
Kim Kardashian West (Source : Getty Images)

Kim Kardashian is descended from British royalty! 

You read it right. She is a relative of Scottish Highland hero Rob Roy MacGregor. The reality TV star can trace her lineage all the way back to the MacGregor clan and is related to the infamous cattle thief and Jacobite rebel Rob Roy. This also links her to the first King of Scots Kenneth MacAlpin.

The Daily Record reported that the shocking link to the family tree was uncovered by Scottish journalist and researcher Craig Williams, who was urged to investigate after he read about Kim's family liking Scottish names. Kourtney named her second daughter Penelope Scotland Disick in July 2012, referencing Kris Jenner's Scottish ancestry.

After carrying out a full investigation, Williams uncovered the extraordinary link to the MacGregor clan, who claim royal descent through the founder of their clan Gregor, brother of King MacAlpin. He said: "This all came about because I had seen the name of Kim’s niece was Penelope Scotland Disick."

Williams continued: "I thought the family must be aware of a Scottish background. And sure enough, when I searched the historical records, there it was. I had no idea they would be linked to such a towering figure from Scottish history though. And as the MacGregors claim direct descent from Scottish kings, maybe Kim could have a claim on the throne."

Rob Roy, a folk hero, was born in Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire, in 1671. He became famous after the publication of Sir Walter Scott's novel Rob Roy in 1817. He was also the focus of a 1995 Hollywood film starring Liam Neeson. The MacGregor clan have the motto, "Royal is my race" and have always claimed a direct line to the throne.

The link was found by a search into the history of Kim's great-great-great grandmother on her mother's side, Margaret Elizabeth Magee. She was born in Mississippi, USA, in 1856 and lived until 1940. She was known as "Betty" Van Zandt after her marriage to Jacob James Van Zandt. Magee's great-great-great-great-great grandfather was Thomas MacGee.

The information is contained in a document that is titled the "Magee Family History", which was written by Leon Walker and compiled by Leslie Magee, Jr in 1990. Thomas Magee is believed to have emigrated to Virginia in 1670 with his family. He was related to Rob Roy.

Thomas is believed to have changed his name from James MacGregor after he fought for his father's clan for the cause of King Charles I during the civil wars of the 17th Century. This was at a time when having the surname was punishable by death because of an edict by James VI of Scotland in 1603, after the death of 200 of the Clan Colquhoun one year before at the hands of the MacGregors in the Battle of Glen Fruin.

An 1883 book ­Americans of Royal Descent by Charles Henry Browning confirms the name change of James MacGregor to Thomas Magee due to his family name being outlawed and that he did indeed move to Virginia.

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