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Article on Donald Hamish Cameron, XXVI Chief of Clan Cameron
Oban Times



The annual Christmas treat, which to the young minds of the district, accentuates the season of goodwill to men, was this year one of particular interest, and Mrs. Crawford, of Kilmallie Manse, who is responsible for the fete, spared no pains to make it the unqualified success it was.  Several things worked together to make the event a red letter one in the district's history, chief of which was the presenting of a baby gift to the young Chief of the Camerons by the children on the Lochiel estates.  This consisted of a silver quaich, supplied by Messrs Hamilton and Inches, Edinburgh, and bearing the following inscription:

Do cheann-Cinneadh Og nan Camshronach, Domhnuill Seumas, bho Oigridh na h-oighreachd air an deicheamh la fichead dhe dhara mhios a' gheamhraidh, 1910.

Mr. and Mrs. Krupp of the Banavie Hotel kindly granted the use of their large coffeeroom for the function and it was filled to its utmost capacity.

Amongst those present were Lochiel and Lady Hermione Cameron of Lochiel, Achnacarry; Captain Allan and Mrs. Cameron of Lochiel; Mr. Archibald Cameron of Lochiel; Captain and Mrs. E.S. Gooch, Torcastle; Mr. Richard Everard Jones and Miss Jones, Fassifern; ...etc.

After the singing of "Cameron Men" by Mr. Macgillivray, the chief function of the evening was entered into, when Master Alistair Donald Cameron, of Corpach Hotel, the youngest toddling Cameron who could hold a quaich, presented the gift to Lady Hermione.

The speech on the occasion was delivered by Master Alexander Cameron, Camagheal, who was chosen by his schoolmates for the honour, and was as follows:

"Mr. Chairman, Lady Hermione, Lochiel, Ladies and Gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to be chosen as the mouthpiece of the children of the Lochiel estates on this occasion.  I am proud to ask your Ladyship on their behalf to accept this quaich, to mark an event so full of joy to all of us.  In doing so we present our loyal respects to the young Chief, and we wish for him a long, happy, and honourable life; and may his cup overflow in a stream of goodness and love to all around."

The two year old then handed the gift to Lady Hermione amid cheers.  Her Ladyship acknowledged the gift in gracious and feeling terms.

One of the daintiest bits of the evening was the moving of a vote of thanks to the Chairman by Miss Gill, age 6, seconded by Master Iain Gray, age 5.  The stripping of the tree was then proceeded with, when each departed hugging Santa Claus' gift to his or her breast.  The weather was of the finest, and the decorations were in excellent taste.