School of Divinity

Success as Laird of Glenorchy

Grey Colin was a sprightly laird who used his aggressive and single-minded determination to transform a stagnating lordship into a power centre dominating the entire Breadalbane region.

Numerous achievements

In the judgement of the Glenorchy family history, The Black Book of Taymouth, Grey Colin's leadership re-established the house of Glenorchy (BBT 20-3).

It categorised his achievement:

  • he produced a large family and was succeeded by an adult male heir
  • he 'conquesit' (acquired) many lands
  • he built or enlarged several castles
  • he was 'ane great justiciar'