Thanks for the info Gerry- names were often spelled wrongly or just as they sounded.The story I was told by my father and from his father was that name was spelled McIllgerrew with the "c" being like a high comma and facing backwards in Ayrshire records(I think a tax was paid to the Church(?) for land purchased from John Adams in around 1410.)
This was a contraction of Mac Le Grue or Mac le Crue i.e.son of the Crane.The Crane was the symbol of Alsace.
( my father's name was spelled with a "U" on his dux medal from St MAry's School in Saltcoats by mistake)
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