The Millennium Newsletter
The Clan Cameron Online Newsletter
(Clan Cameron Association, Electronic
AONAIBH RI CHÉILE
"Let Us Unite" - These
ancient words, which proudly serve as Clan Cameron's motto, also accurately
represent the effort behind this publication. For the first time in the
Clan Cameron Association's one hundred and eight year history the branches of
the Worldwide Association have "united," bringing their members
greetings on this, the eve of the new Millennium. Led by none other than
our Hereditary Chief, Colonel Sir Donald Hamish Cameron of Lochiel, K.T., and
his eldest son and heir, Donald Angus Cameron, Younger of Lochiel, Camerons from
throughout the world are sharing their thoughts, greetings and culture on this
most special occasion.
In the modern era newsletters and
Internet e-mail serve to foster the "kinship" which our forefathers in
Lochaber verbally shared amongst one another. Since Camerons have spread
throughout the globe we must now rely on these modern conveniences to share our
common heritage. Just as our ancestors were able to venture from glen to
glen, and spread word via a flaming cross sent from the chief, we too choose the
most efficient means of communications.
How different will this
intercommunication become in this upcoming Millennium? As improbable as
the Internet or global satellite service might have seemed to Camerons of the
Jacobite era, so too will future "electronic" efforts in spreading the
Cameron heritage. This publication is not only being sent to Camerons
from throughout the world on this occasion via postal mail service, but also
over the Internet. As an open message of good will to Camerons,
regardless of their involvement in the Clan Cameron Association, we are making
this publication readily available for download on the Clan Cameron Online
And now, please turn off that
television, log off the "Net," disconnect the telephone, and clear the
rest of your day for some wonderful words. For it is just that, the
written word, that has managed to preserve our Cameron heritage throughout the
last few hundred years, and will continue to do so throughout the new
WHERE WE HAVE BEEN
by Colonel Sir Donald Hamish Cameron of Lochiel, K.T.
XXVI Chief of Clan Cameron
The fateful battle of Culloden,
which was fought in April, 1746, resulted in the defeat of the Jacobite army and
was followed by devastation and death throughout much of the Highlands. The
repercussions altered the Highlands beyond recognition and shaped the future
pattern of Highland history into a way of life quite different from the
traditional clan system that had existed before this battle. It can be
said that this system was already changing and would have gone on changing if
the battle of Culloden had never taken place, but it was an event which
certainly hastened these changes.
After the battle, the Clan
Cameron chief was exiled to France, where he died two years later, and the
clansmen were scattered far and wide. The Lochiel Estate was forfeited and
not returned to the family until 1787 on payment of a large fine. The
chief who had succeeded was but a boy brought up in France and London, quite
unaccustomed to the Highlands, and he returned not as a father to his clansmen
but as a landlord. Trustees ruled the estate, with the management devolved
on factors and, in common with many other Highland estates, evictions
undoubtedly took place, though many left on their own accord.
The clan therefore lay dormant
until the end of the 19th century when the idea of clan associations worldwide
began to develop. A Clan Cameron Association was formed in Scotland in
1891, largely owing to the exertions of Mary MacKellar, a devoted Cameron, poet
and historian. A social gathering was held in Glasgow that year, with
Lochiel in the chair, who addressed the gathering on the history of the clan.
The objects of the association were much the same as prevail today, i.e.
"the reviving, conserving and promoting the interests, sentiment and
associations of the clan, the cultivation of social intercourse among members,
the collection and preservation of records and traditions relating to the
history of the clan."
One of the most successful
presidents of the Clan Association was Thomas Cameron, CBE, Secretary of the
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, who held the office of president from 1935 to 1953,
and he was followed by an equally enthusiastic clansman, Alexander Cameron, CBE,
of Largs. During their time, there were four Clan Gatherings at Achnacarry
- in 1938, 1956, 1962 and 1967, and this practice of having Clan Gatherings at
the home of the chief about every five years has continued, and proved very
One notable event for the Clan
Association in Glasgow took place soon after I had succeeded as chief. The
Provost and City dignitaries invited my wife and me and leaders of the
Association to a Civic Luncheon and afterwards, Chief Constable MacCulloch, who
came from Lochaber (he was the brother of the writer Donald MacCulloch),
arranged for us to drive with a police escort, ignoring all traffic lights, to
the Tolbooth where the bells rang out "The March of the Cameron Men."
It is a tradition that whenever Lochiel pays an official visit to Glasgow,
the bells of the Tolbooth are rung to commemorate the action of The Gentle
Lochiel in preventing the city being sacked by Prince Charles Edward's troops in
The idea of clan associations
soon spread to other parts of the world. In 1935, Captain Ewan Cameron, who
commanded the Orient Liner "Orama" held a meeting on board with
influential Camerons from New Zealand, and this was the start of the New Zealand
Association. This flourished until the 1939-1945 war, and was reorganized
after the war by Ian D. Cameron, a most enthusiastic Cameron who was one of the
original founders. There are now 8 branches in New Zealand, and more are
being formed almost yearly. In Australia, there are branches in four
states (Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland) under the
energetic leadership of Dr. Ian Cameron from Melbourne, Victoria. Closer
to home there is also a successful branch now in England, having represented
Clan Cameron for nearly twenty years with distinction.
The Clan Association branches in
North America are now numerous and there are, in addition, several chapters (or
embryo branches). There has been a branch in Canada, centered on Toronto,
since 1977 and under their guidance, a branch was later started in Nova Scotia
where a lot of Camerons live. In the United States there is also much
enthusiasm, and we have twelve branches there at the present time. Dr.
Harold Cameron, from London, Ontario, was the prime mover who got the
Association going in the United States. It all began at the Grandfather
Mountain Games in 1967 but quickly spread to other states. The
Constitution was agreed upon at a meeting in Atlanta in 1980, attended by the
chief and other interested parties. There are now five different regions,
each including several branches within their jurisdiction and each branch has
its own leaders and its own newsletter but is under the general guidance of my
excellent Commissioner Donald Cameron, Charlotte, North Carolina.
As chief, I have appointed
Commissioners in North America, Australia and New Zealand, who act on my behalf,
keep me in touch with the activities of the clan, help to organize events such
as Gatherings of the clan in North America at the Loch Norman Games (in 1997),
and generally supervise the activities of Clan Cameron in their countries.
I find this of great help as although my wife and I have visited all these
countries on several occasions - and such visits are very stimulating, helpful
and enjoyable - it is impossible for us to be present at many activities
overseas or to provide fresh ideas for the benefit of the clan worldwide.
I am often asked how many
Camerons there are and, of course, it is an impossible question to answer.
I reckon that in my last visit to these countries, there were about 2000
members of the Association in New Zealand, about the same number in Australia
and perhaps 3000 in North America, in addition to countless others bearing the
name of Cameron who are not members of the Association.
All Camerons, and those connected
by birth or marriage, and those bearing names of the many septs of the clan are
eligible and welcome to become members of the Clan Cameron Association, which is
the modern equivalent of the old clan, bearing the same allegiance to the chief
and honouring the same traditions as in the days of old.
UNITE is our motto and united we
are as a clan wherever we may live. "Aonaibh Ri Chéile."
WHERE WE ARE GOING
by Donald Angus Cameron, Younger of Lochiel
During the last fifty years there
have been wholesale changes to our Clan - not only in the way in which it
operates but also in the way it is perceived by its members. I think it
is now more democratic and more akin to a family - which, of course, is the
meaning of "clan." I hope that initiatives such as the creation
of the museum, clan gatherings, overseas trips by family members and our website
have led not only to a better understanding of the Clan but also to a greater
sense of "belonging." I am sure that you won't mind my saying at
this point that we have been very fortunate in having as our XXVI Chief a man of
great good sense, enthusiasm, foresight and charm - a hard act to follow!
So where do we go now? I think,
first, that we need to restate the purpose of a clan. It is so that its
members can appreciate being a part of history, can communicate with each other,
meet together, learn from and help each other, search for their identity and,
from time to time, gather together to celebrate being part of a wider family -
one with a proud and dramatic history. This is an honourable and
satisfactory reason to continue as we do now.
But is it enough? Will the number
of active members grow or decline? Will young clansmen and women - the lifeblood
of the Clan - be satisfied with what is on offer? It is tempting to try
and map out a wider purpose for the Clan but as I try and think of possible
initiatives, I am aware that it would be wrong to suppose that we could make a
meaningful difference to the way of the world. As a clan, we are neither
large nor rich but we are as well organised and as enthusiastic as any.
Furthermore, if a Scotsman/woman could choose a clan then I am sure there would
only be one conclusion - the clan with a glorious past, a vibrant present and
one whose name is an anagram of Romance!
However, there are opportunities
for us. For instance, The First Light Exchange has been established in
New Zealand to foster links between that country and Lochaber - an admirable
idea, which I hope, will lead to youth exchanges and closer cultural ties.
Also, we have embraced new technology with enthusiasm and I am sure that
we can build on this and use modern means of communication to cement further the
relationships we have established with one another across the world.
A clan is only as good as its
clansfolk and as a result, I would be very interested to hear the views and
suggestions of clan members as to what, if any, changes you would like to see
(so long as proposals are practical and do not include suggestions that I should
climb Ben Nevis each New Year's Day or should give up "the water of
life" i.e. whisky). For my part, I think matters are pretty much as
they should be but I recognise that we should not be complacent and neither
should we stand still.
My family and I wish you all the
very, very best as we approach the new millennium.
LOCHABER IN THE NEW
by Delia Holland; Area Manager, Fort William and Lochaber
- The Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board -
Welcome to Lochaber in the
Western Highlands of Scotland!
An area of over seventeen hundred
An indigenous population of under
Where there are more acres than
sheep - and more sheep than people!
Which contains the highest
mountain in the United Kingdom
And the deepest loch
The finest salmon fishing and the
most beautiful steam train journey...and the only mountain cable car in Britain.
Not everyone has heard of
Lochaber - but everyone has heard of Ben Nevis, of Glencoe, of the Road to the
And everyone appreciates the
combination of ancient myth and romantic tradition and the brutal reality and
heroic endeavour. The remarkable history that has captured the imagination
of many generations and one that continues to enthrall our visitors.
From the southwest came the early
Celts, from the north came the Highland Picts and from the sea came the Vikings.
One way or another, centuries ago, they all left their own mark on the
land of Lochaber.
It was in Lochaber also, at
Glenfinnan, that the young Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the Jacobite standard to
begin his doomed campaign to restore a Stuart king.
Tourism is the single most
important industry in the Highlands. It generates approximately £373
million in holiday trips and £200 million in days trips each year for the
In Lochaber, tourism accounts for
30% of the Gross Domestic Product, one in three people are employed in the
industry and the whole area is affected by tourism in one way or another. With
the changes that are taking place in the traditional sectors such as Crofting
and Agriculture, tourism is recognised as a vital ingredient to the long-term
prosperity of the area.
To maximise on resources, avoid
duplication and increase efficiency, multi-agency and community groups are
addressing the way forward.
European structural funding is
vital to the re-generation of remote rural communities. Aimed at fostering
economic competitiveness across the whole of Europe by helping those regions
which are less developed, European funding has already assisted Lochaber's rural
communities and a new £210 million aid package announced earlier this year will
enable the economic development momentum built up during the past five years to
continue over the first six years of the new millennium.
Whilst the visitor enjoys the
peace, tranquility and remoteness of the sparsely populated mountainous area -
the indigenous population needs to address issues such as the transport
infrastructure, maximising on modern technology to improve communication and
training, broadening the employment base and tackling land reform.
A particularly exciting
development has been the establishment of Lochaber College in Fort William. A
hi-tech facility offering top quality training facilities such as
video-conferencing - opportunities now exist for skills development, lifelong
learning - and in particular the area's first ever degree course - a BA in
Tourism. It will also enable access by the rural communities in
Kinlochleven, Mallaig and Kilchoan to increased learning opportunities through
rural learning centres.
Restoring our local heritage and
using it to enhance our visitor attractions is also high on the Lochaber agenda
for the new millennium
* Developing the site of the 13th
century Old Inverlochy Castle into a heritage and interpretative centre
* Bringing the past and the future together with the 'rebirth of a Highland
Village' in Kinlochleven based on the story of aluminium smelting in Lochaber
* Establishing links with ex-pat West Highlanders through initiatives such as
the First Light Exchange Trust with the Clan Cameron Association of New Zealand,
with exchange visits planned for the year 2000
* Support and promotion of traditional Scottish music and dance events and the
use of the Gaelic language
* Promoting the use of local produce
The majority of visitors to
Lochaber come to experience the "great outdoors." For facts and
figures that impress, the land of Lochaber is without equal in all of Britain.
Ben Nevis, the highest mountain, Loch Morar, the deepest loch, the wave and
windswept rocks of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula - the most westerly point of the
United Kingdom, the ancient geology of the Great Glen, small crofting villages,
the beautiful unspoilt white sands of Morar, the desolate Moor of Rannoch, the
hanging valleys of Glencoe and Glen Nevis.
Seals, otters and red deer.
Golden eagles, Peregrine falcon
Natural Oakwoods and pinewoods.
High and Low Level walking
Sailing and windsurfing
As we move into the new
millennium, we must ensure that our tourism product is developed in a
sustainable manner which enhances and protects the environment, culture and
heritage - and the communities in Lochaber. Joined-up thinking is the name of
There are just so many sides to
Lochaber - past, present and future.
To be appreciated, Lochaber
should be treated like a matured Scotch Whisky - sipped and savoured by many wee
nips - and not gulped down and swallowed in one visit.
We hope to welcome you to
Lochaber - land of the Camerons - sometime soon.
MARKING THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Whether in celebration or exhibit, Scots celebrate Hogmanay
As the sun sets on the evening of
December 31, 1999, a new light will emerge from the heart of the West Highlands.
Atop Ben Nevis a special beacon will be lit, reportedly consisting of wood
provided by area residents and visitors, personally inscribed with their names.
This will mark the start of festivities some four thousand feet below in
the town. The last Hogmanay celebration of the Millennium in Fort William
will feature carols in Cameron Square at 8:30 PM, followed at 9:15 by what is
amounting to the "World's Largest Organized Ceilidh Dance" on High
Street in Fort William. The traditional Scottish dance chosen for this
occasion is "Strip the Willow," and this event will be televised by
the BBC as part of their Millennium coverage. A spectacular fireworks
display will then begin at 10:15, lighting the skies over Loch Linnhe and
"Cameron Country." Dancing to the three ceilidh bands and
ice-skating will fill the time until Midnight, and as the new century approaches
a "laser countdown" will herald in the New Year. For information
and tickets, please telephone: 01397 703781
To the northeast, along the coast
of Scotland in Aberdeenshire, "The Millennium Project" will take place
on December 31st. This "site-specific sculpture/performance" is
a collaborative work between George Beasley, Director of the Sculpture Program
at Georgia State University (and member of the Clan Cameron Association's Stone
Mountain Branch), and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Plans involve the
installation of a furnace of wood and stone from which molten iron will be
created. This iron will be delivered to the throwing arm of a medieval
catapult known as a "trebuchet," from which it will be launched into
the North Sea at the stroke of midnight. In an interesting turn of events,
afterwards the iron itself will remain in the sea, and the actual art
"product" will be the film and video record of the event.
"Seeing Scotland in a New
Light" is the title of a special interactive exhibit showcased at Walt
Disney World's new "Millennium Village." Running from October 1,
1999 through January 1, 2001 at Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida, the
Millennium Village showcases "leading edge technology" and Scottish
innovation. In addition to training and employing Scots to work at the
exhibit, Epcot's "Millennium Village Stage" features Scottish
entertainment groups on occasion.
Tartan designer Arthur H. Mackie,
a consultant for The Strathmore Woolen Company in Forfar, created the Millennium
Tartan (also known as "Scotland 2000") by mingling the colors from
Scotland's two historic flags as one. Beginning with the white and blue
so familiar from the St. Andrew's cross, this tartan also includes the gold and
"Scotch maroon" from the Lion Rampant, in addition to a soft moss
overcheck, said to "reflect the rich tones of the Scottish
Strathmore's managing director,
David Cowley, indicates that this new cloth, registered with the Scottish
Tartans Authority, "is a valuable addition to the range and was designed to
be worn by ane and a'. We felt there was something to say about the
Millennium and recognized also that although many folks have very strong clan
ties and want to wear that tartan, there is also a need for a tartan that can be
worn by anyone."
Known as the "Millennium
Games," the Waipu Caledonian Society, in Northland, New Zealand will be
holding a three-day event, beginning on December 31st. Between the New
Year's Eve celebration, where performing artists will entertain and welcome in
the new Millennium, and the actual highland games on January 1st and 2nd, an
estimated 18,000 Scots will be attending. The games themselves will
feature (among other events) the New Zealand Invitational Piobaireachd. For
additional information, e-mail: email@example.com
Australia also has planned events
marking the Millennium. In Victoria the Maryborough Highland Gathering
takes place on January 1st at Princess Park, and is presented by the Maryborough
Highland Society. Sponsored by the Saint Andrews Society, Queensland will also
be hosting a New Year's Day Scottish Gathering on January 1st, at Petrie Park in
Scots on Canada's Pacific Coast
will be ushering in the New Year at the "Millennium Hogmanay
Celebration" in Vancouver, British Columbia. Beginning at 6:30 PM on
December 31st, at North Vancouver's Mickey McDougall Recreation Centre,
"Scotland's own" John Ellis and his Highland country band will be
entertaining the assembled crowd. Additional information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or via telephone: (604) 261-0162.
New York City's Carnegie Library,
located just off Central Park, will also be hosting a hogmanay get-together
beginning at 7 PM on December 31st. Organized by the New York Caledonian
Club, additional information and planned events are available via telephone at:
(212) 662-1083, or at from the Caledonian Club's website: http://www.nycaledonian.org
SCOTLAND'S MILLENNIUM FOREST
At one time the Cameron lands in
Lochaber were covered by great stands of oak forest, "natural origin"
trees of the ancient Caledonian Forest. As was common practice throughout
Britain, a vast amount of these native hardwood, broadleaf trees would be
utilized in the production of ships, and sold as timber.
The present day Scotland is by no
means devoid of forest; 44% of the woodland area of Great Britain is contained
within the Scottish borders.
The unfortunate fact is that of
all these Scottish trees, just a small percentage are broadleaves - most are
conifers. These pines and firs, while also native to Scotland, have
altered the landscape in Lochaber and throughout of the Highlands.
The Millennium Forest for
Scotland is an initiative supported by the Millennium Commission, using funds
generated by the national lottery. Under its "umbrella scheme"
up to 500 individual forestry restoration and regeneration projects throughout
Scotland will be undertaken, amounting to some £500 over the life of the
Thought of as one of the most
ambitious and exciting environmental initiatives ever undertaken in Scotland,
the primary goal is to quite simply double the amount of "native
forest" in Scotland. There are also plans to re-institute social,
cultural and economic links between communities and their local woodland.
In a project so broad-scoped, and
time consuming, one is left to wonder just who will plant all of these trees.
In lieu of a virtual army of Scots roaming the countryside with shovels
in hand, individuals, organizations and local community groups will both propose
and implement the majority of the field work. Children will not only feel
a sense of involvement in their country's future, but will lean the basics of
conservation. One day, not too distant in the next Millennium, both these
"wee ones" and their parents alike will be able to look upon their
handiwork with pride, knowing that they made a difference in their community.
The ancient Caledonian Forest
which once roamed for the most part unchecked across Scotland, is now a distant
memory in Lochaber. Perhaps additional oaks will return to Lochaber, where
they were once so numerous that Camerons donned their sprigs upon their bonnets.
GAELIC'S BRIGHT FUTURE
With one Cameron's observations on Gaelic in his community
At the opening of the 1998 Royal
National Mod, Scottish Gaelic Minister Calum MacDonald detailed three steps, a
"triple boost" to ensure that the Gaelic language and culture will
flourish more than ever in the new Millennium. Highlights of his speech include:
"I am today making three
announcements which demonstrate the Government's continuing and deepening
commitment to Gaelic. Firstly, we are taking forward the Columba
Initiative to develop links between the Gaelic-speaking communities of Scotland
and Ireland. I am keen to see the Scottish-Irish links developed in the
Scottish arts, particularly in music, and I am happy to announce that we plan to
provide additional funding of up to £25,000 in the next year to support the
appointment of an additional development officer. The officer will have a
specific remit to develop the arts dimension of the Columba Initiative. The
Government recognizes the value of secure status for Gaelic and with this in
mind we have decided to sign and ratify the European Charter for Regional and
Minority Languages. Signing the Charter will commit the Government to 35
separate pledges on Gaelic. This is a big commitment and a big step
forward in terms of secure status and as an example of the value we attach to
Gaelic. Signing the Charter is simply the start. I am happy to
announce that I have asked my officials to hold meetings within the next month
with the Gaelic organizations to discuss their specific proposals and for
achieving secure status in law. My third announcement is in respect of the
grants which The Scottish Office provide in support of organizations which
contribute to educational or cultural development. An Comunn, which
organizes the Mod, has for some years received a grant under this scheme. I
am pleased to announce that following consideration of An Comunn's application
we have increased the grant for next year (1999) from £85,000 to £100,000 and
that the increase will be maintained for the two subsequent years."
Mr. MacDonald also stated the
Government's pledge to increase funding for CLI (Gaelic Learners), Comunn na
Gaidhlig (CNAG), CNSA (Gaelic pre-school), and Proiseact nan Ealan (Gaelic
In Lochaber the results of this
"triple boost" may already be seen. Dugald Cameron, owner of Cameron
Bagpipes, a life-long resident of the West Highlands, makes the following
"Gaelic is taught in the
Acharacle local primary school, and the rest of the Highlands and Islands, to
those who want to take part. In some cases the entire teaching is done in
Gaelic. When I went to school, many years ago, I had no English. Like
most others in my age group, we had to learn English. In later years, a
lot of the younger people were leaving school, and went away to find work in
cities, or to go to college, when they got married to somebody outwith the
Highlands. This caused a problem for the next generation as only the one
parent had Gaelic.
Another reason I can see for the
language's decline is the croft houses becoming vacant because of the above, and
being bought by people from urban areas who didn't speak Gaelic. As you
know, a lot of people went away to foreign countries at the time of the Highland
Clearances in the 18th to mid 19th centuries. Some went of their own free
will, others were shipped out. This had quite an impact on the traditional
Gaelic language. But another reason for the decline in the language in my
own lifetime was people being too proud to speak it, and resorting to the
I am pleased to say that there is
a lot being done now in the Highlands and Islands by the Highland Council, Radio
and T.V. which is helping the native Gaelic language back to what it used to be.
Rather like the oak and conifer forests... With the passage of
time, the conifers are now being felled to let the indigenous oak
JAMES CAMERON SHOOTS FOR THE
Following up on his
"Titanic" achievements in the motion picture field, James Cameron is
making an attempt to instill the "pioneering spirit" of the new
Millennium and the desire for a space frontier into his next projects, both
"backed" by Twentieth Century Fox. The Collateral productions
will include an Imax 3-D film under his directorial guidance, and a five-hour
television miniseries that he will produce.
"The films we are
making," James relates, "will attempt to show the reality of a
humans-to-Mars project...the challenges and the rewards." One of his
goals for the projects is to explain that a Mars mission is a "near-term
attainability." "We're not trying to show a glitzy, fantastic
high-design future, but a tangible, real tomorrow, which is right around the
Members of the Haughton-Mars
Project, headed by Pascal Lee of the NASA Ames Research Center have been busily
surveying Arctic terrain (similar conditions to a Martian surface) for the last
three summers, and students from MIT and the Harvard Business School have been
writing a feasible business plan to get humans to Mars.
"The human soul is starved
for challenge," says James." Only our outbound quest can satisfy
this hunger, which is a very real hunger that is at once spiritual,
psychological, and emotional, as well as intellectual. We do this for
knowledge, and to hone our technical capabilities. But most of all, we do it for
our deepest hearts, which yearn outward."
Both the Imax film and the
miniseries are scheduled to premier during the spring of 2001.
THE STATE OF THE ASSOCIATION
Reports from the five worldwide branches of the Clan Cameron Association
The modern day
"chieftains" of the Clan Cameron Association, the
presidents/commissioners of the worldwide branches, were each asked to
participate in this publication by sharing their respective branch's story.
Their "State of the Association" reports stand as a record of
their varied accomplishments in the past, and hopes for the future that Camerons
seem to share on this, the eve of a new Millennium.
While separated by international
boundaries, the Camerons of the Association all share a common belief: that
their culture and traditions are possessions to be cherished. These
presidents and commissioners lead by example, volunteering their time and
resources to keep the Cameron heritage alive and well. As might any proud
"parent," they are sharing stories of their "wee ones," the
respective individuals and entities which make up their branch.
CLAN CAMERON NEW ZEALAND
by Mary Davidson Earle, President, Clan Cameron New Zealand
Clan Cameron New Zealand is on
two islands in the South Pacific- we are the Camerons who live the greatest
distance from Lochaber. It was a long way to come, especially for the
earliest pioneers who came in the 1840's and 50's. But the Camerons in our eight
Branches still remember the people and the places in Lochaber, and the culture
and the history. As over fifty per cent of New Zealanders are of Celtic
origins (mostly Irish and Scottish), there is quite a Celtic influence on New
The pipe bands are part of New
Zealand life and they are encouraged to perform at the highest level, with
competitions throughout the summer. In February/March, we have been
honoured by the Edinburgh Tattoo; under their guidance we are holding a Tattoo
in Wellington, New Zealand. Our pipers, pipe bands and dancers are busy
practising so that we can maintain the high standard of the Edinburgh Tattoo.
New Zealand will be the first
country to greet the new Millennium, and some of our members live on the East
Cape where the first light of the millennium will first be seen. To
commemorate this and also to recognise the young Camerons who work will start
the new millennium, Clan Cameron New Zealand is starting a First Light Exchange
for young Camerons between Lochaber and New Zealand. We are planning that
in the year 2000, a young Cameron will come from Lochaber and a young New
Zealand Cameron will go to Lochaber. This will not only develop the
knowledge and skills for the young Camerons, but will give Clan Cameron New
Zealand a better understanding of the changes occurring in Lochaber.
But as well as preparing for the
future, Clan Cameron New Zealand is also recording the past. At the
present time, the Branches are writing their own histories and also the lives of
the many people who have been part of Clan Cameron New Zealand over the years.
It is planned to complete this history of Clan Cameron New Zealand towards
the end of the year 2000. The Clan Genealogist has collected the histories
of many Cameron families and also individuals in New Zealand; it is hoped to
transfer some of this material onto computer records for easy access, and to
write some of these stories in small booklets.
The other area we are studying is
the culture of Clan Cameron - not only preserving the past but also growing it
in the future in a New Zealand culture. It appears to us that the position
of Bard is not what is needed for the next century but that we need a group of
people with knowledge and skills of specific areas of the culture - music
(piping, instrumental and vocal), poetry, prose, dance. We are faced with
the problem of the language as few are Gaelic speakers - the language was lost
about 80 years ago. So we shall use an English/Gaelic mixture! At
the present time we are recording in a Clan Cameron songbook, the past and
present songs of the West Highlands, so that we can use them in our gatherings.
We hope to encourage the younger members to write new poetry and prose,
and to compose new music, so that we can develop our own New Zealand/Highland
We send our best wishes to all
other Camerons and give you a warm invitation to our Annual Gathering at the
Easter weekend in Gisborne on the east coast of the North Island. Also we
should like to join with you in planning a future for Clan Cameron across the
world and helping to make it happen. We have a heritage, which has both
good and bad aspects, and we need to preserve it and make it develop so that our
young people can understand themselves and use this as a basis for their future.
CLAN CAMERON NORTH AMERICA
by Donald John Cameron, Commissioner, Clan Cameron North America
As we approach the new millennium
few of us have concerns that exceed our fear of the Y2K syndrome. Worries
about the ability of our banks to keep tabs on our money, the airlines' ability
to keep their airplanes flying and, worst of all, will our e-mail still
function? Compared to what our ancestors were confronted with during the
passage of the first millennia, our annoyances pale by comparison. Many
of our ancestors believed that the serpent who had been chained up by an angel
for 1000 years would reappear to seduce nations at will. Those less
concerned about Satan's reappearance had problems with Y1K. How would the
world deal with going from DCCCCLXXXXVIIIJ to just plain M? Fortunately
for all of us they worked through the problem and, here we are again, working
through the same set of conditions.
There were no such matters on the
minds of a group of men and women who came together, first in 1967, then again
in 1968 to form a new branch of an ancient Scottish Clan...the Camerons. Under
the leadership of Harold Cameron from London, Ontario, Dan and Jane Cameron from
Raleigh, N.C., Lyndon and Helen Hobbs from Shelby, N.C., Grimsley and Lois Hobbs
from Greensboro, N.C., Burton Cameron and Genieve from Broadway, N.C., Virgil
and Evie Cameron from Columbia, S.C. and Mickey Taylor from Johnson City, N.C.
they formed the Grandfather Mountain Branch of Clan Cameron sanctioned by Sir
Donald H. Cameron of Lochiel, 26th Chief of Clan Cameron.
From humble beginnings, great
things happen as it did with our Clan organization. Membership grew to
such proportions that in 1980 the Clan was subdivided into three Regions:
Canada, Western and Eastern USA. Harold Cameron was appointed by Lochiel to be
his first Commissioner on the North American Continent. The first Regional
President of Canada, Ian Cameron, retains that office today. Lou Clark was
appointed President of the Western Region; Dan Cameron was appointed President
of the Eastern Region. Subsequently, Larry Cameron succeeded Lou Clark and
Colin Cameron succeeded Dan Cameron. Just recently, Larry Cameron retired
and Shaun Rex assumed his office. When Harold Cameron retired in 1987,
Donald John Cameron was appointed by Lochiel to his position.
The growth continued. Two
more Regions were formed; one by dividing the Eastern Region into the Northern
and Southern Regions. Cerise Cameron Blair remained as President of the
Southern Region while Tom Cameron became President of the Northern Region.
The Western Region was then divided into the Western Region and the Rocky
Mountain-West Region. Larry Cameron continued on as President of the
Western Region with Mike Bozeman taking on the duties of President for the new
Rocky Mountain-West Region.
Each of these Regions have
several Branches and Chapters. There are three Branches in the Northern
Region: Northern Lights, Northeastern USA and Ohio. Under these Branches
there are four new Chapters: Mid-Atlantic, High Plains (Dakotas), Lake Michigan
and the Electronic Chapter which, in itself, has been immensely successful.
The Southern Region has 4 Branches which are: Grandfather Mountain, Stone
Mountain, Orlando and Red River. Currently, there are two Chapters; one in
Mississippi and one in Alabama. Three Branches also comprise the Western Region,
namely; Northern and Southern California, Pacific Northwest and one Chapter
called the Columbia River Chapter. Our newest Region, Rocky Mountain-West
has two Branches: Rocky Mountain and Arizona. At present, there are no
Chapters. Canada has two Branches: Ontario and Nova Scotia with no Chapters at
the moment. A Branch that had been in Vancouver became inactive several
years ago and has disbanded.
The strength of our organization
and its growth seems to lie in a unique structure. While other Clans have
National Headquarters with a centralized administration, The Cameron Clan in
North America has remained a loose confederation of Branches and Chapters.
Our source of strength comes from the bottom up rather than from the top
down. Clans with National offices seem to lose touch with their locals
groups relying on strict rules and regulations to maintain a uniform structure
and character to their organization. Clan Cameron, however, relies on
individual groups to form, establish their own by-laws, maintain fiscal
responsibility and publish their own newsletter but agreeing to stay within the
Guidelines as published in 1980. The Commissioner and Regional Presidents
are there to assist Chapters and Branches in their organizing efforts, becoming
responsible in money matters and in recruiting new members through various
Scottish events including Highland Games. They can also help with
genealogy and history matters and much of the Clan heritage which comes down to
us, not only in books, but orally, as well.
There is such a wealth of
history, ancestry and genealogy to be studied and enjoyed by the members of our
Clan. Added to that fact is our Scottish desire to preserve the culture, music
and heritage of this magnificent little country that has such a rich history and
has played such an important part in the development of both Canada and the
United States. The coming together of these two endeavors makes belonging
to Clan Cameron an extremely satisfying enterprise.
Throughout all we do, let us
remember our ancient motto: Aonaibh Ri Chéile - Unite!
CLAN CAMERON ENGLAND
by Raymond McKenzie Cameron, President, Clan Cameron England
Millenium greetings to all Clan
Members, supporters, and friends, from The England Branch.
We started as a Chapter as the
North of England Branch in 1980, receiving our Charter from Lochiel at the
August 1981 Clan Gathering. We had a small nucleus of enthusiastic founder
members. We now find ourselves The England Branch with members living as far
afield as France and Wales (the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France is
still strong, and we welcome our Welsh members).
As a Branch we keep in touch with
the present activities and aims of the Clan but do realise that we should have a
threefold view of affairs if we are to be successful and enter into the 21st
Century - we should rejoice and remember our formation and past as a proud and
noble part of Scottish heritage, be able to adapt and to take advantage of the
present times with the challenges and changes happening within the Clan
worldwide, and look forward to a strong and vibrant future, even in this new and
uncertain approaching century. Clan Cameron and The England Branch must
grasp the new opportunities and plan ahead.
As a Branch we have the
difficulties of having members spread over a large geographical area and will
attempt to knit together for the benefit of all. Over the next year or so
we will hopefully organise an England Branch Gathering, and offer guidance,
help, information and support to our existing and new members. A Grand
Ceilidh is one of our thoughts, as is the display of Clan memorabilia and
photographs. Our Clan must be remembered, revered, and moved forward into
the new millenium - adapt and succeed must be the watchword, and The England
Branch is in there, ready for the challenge.
The drawback we face, as I'm sure
with all other Branches, is that in an ever busier lifestyle we have work and
business commitments and family duties which take the largest chunk of our days
and energy. This does sadly very much limit the work we can do to further
the Clan and its interests, and now that we are The England Branch instead of
the North of England Branch the task has grown. We therefore must seek to
get some active members over the next few months.
We look forward to making contact
with other Branches across the globe, and to hear all their news and views and
to share their ideas.
CLAN CAMERON AUSTRALIA
by Dr. Ian Henry Cameron, Chieftain, Clan Cameron Australia
Cameron Australia was established
in the state of Victoria in September 1933 at a time when there was interest in
Clan memberships. My grandfather, a Presbyterian minister founded the
Clan with the idea of fostering interest in Scottish customs, the preservation
of records and to assist members of the Scottish community. He also
established St. Andrews Presbyterian Hospital and Homes for the Aged in
Melbourne. The Clan has gathered every two months during the last
sixty-six years. A number of our members have been singers, dancers,
pipers and musicians and we are not short of entertainment.
Presently we hold ceilidhs,
socials, Scottish video presentations and genealogy forums in Melbourne. In
1983 Clan Cameron New South Wales re-formed after their initial meeting in 1938.
Similarly Clan Cameron Queensland re-formed in 1986. Clan Cameron South
Australia started in 1983.
The Clans in these states are
autonomous and each recognizes Lochiel as the hereditary Chief of Cameron.
Lochiel has appointed me his High Commissioner in Australia and a
Proclaimed Chieftain in Clan Cameron.
The Clan Cameron Newsletter is
published in Victoria by Clan Cameron Australia and is distributed to all Clan
members in Australia, other Clan Societies in Victoria and overseas Clan Cameron
Societies in New Zealand, North America, England and Scotland.
We are aware that many of our
Clan members live a great distance from the social activities of our Clan
Societies and welcome this informative Newsletter. The committee members
welcome the opportunity to attend Highland Gatherings in provincial towns to
meet with members who find it difficult to travel. We recognise the
contributions made by Camerons in the development of this country by erecting
plaques and statues in their memory. Our members support the other Clans
and Societies' activities recognizing that many people are able to claim
membership of more than one Scottish Clan or Irish family.
Clan Cameron New South Wales has
published an extensive Genealogy of Camerons now in preparation of its third
edition. This has proven to be an important reference for researchers of
their family's genealogy and has been compiled from the personal researches of
our Clan members.
We expect that through the
Internet we will be able to share with Camerons their interest in their
genealogy, their Scottish origins and the wealth of Scottish customs and
Our Clan is fortunate to have as
its chief a highly respected gentlemen in Lochiel who actively leads the Clan
worldwide and it behoves us to uphold all the traditions of the Camerons.
The immigrants to Australia a
little over two centuries ago were predominantly Anglo-Saxon and attracted many
people of Celtic descent. Our associations in Australia enable Camerons
and septs of the Clan to access the Clan's history, the history of Scotland and
to understand the customs of their forebears. Our Clan will continue to
recognize the achievements of the early Scottish settlers. Our Socials
encourage participation in the song, dance, music and the customs of ancient
Scotland. At Highland Gatherings the Clan is always prominent with its
information booths and display. In the future we look forward to the
continuation of the Gatherings at Achnacarry when we can have personal contact
with the family of Lochiel and the members of the world wide Clan.
At the start of the twenty-first
century, I send Greetings from Australia to members of Clan Cameron around the
world and trust that our Cameron history will continue to be recorded, customs
preserved and that our Scottish heritage will continue to be a source of pride
and inspiration for the generations which follow through the next millennium.
CLAN CAMERON SCOTLAND
by David Roderick Cameron, President, Clan Cameron Scotland
It has been said that a nation
which forgets its past is dead - and this could also happen to a clan if nothing
is done. Clans enrich the heritage of Scotland and in the 20th Century this
bygone inheritance has somehow helped to maintain the ties with the numerous
families of the Scots who emigrated to the "new world" and "down
under." Although the Clan Cameron Associations around the world have
a strong and active following, unfortunately in Scotland there has not been the
same level of support, particularly since the 1970's, and the Association here
has perhaps been rather taken for granted.
However I sense a change possibly
arising out of the increased focus on Scottish identity and cultural matters
with the newly re-opened Scottish Parliament in historic Edinburgh. So I
am very hopeful that our Association will revive as clansfolk rediscover that
desire to belong to the Clan with such a distinguished record in Scotland's
history. The turning at New Year of the Century and the Millennium must
give everyone more than usual pause for thought about their roots in Clan
Cameron and be a reminder of the kinship of our birth. When we meet at the
Clan Gathering in 2001 it will, I am sure, be with a feeling of pride and unity
and also a realisation that Clan Cameron under its Chief, Lochiel, can still
provide a degree of stability and continuity in a rapidly changing world.
In anticipation of reawakened
interest the Association in Scotland has reorganised Council into five regions
(like the crest of arrows) and hopes to see membership expand. In order to
retain commitment I feel there needs to be something with a wider purpose than
simply local events. The New Zealand Association has developed the
"First Light Exchange Programme" for young Camerons - and I think we
should start a complementary fund as an educational foundation or charitable
trust, perhaps called the "Lochaber Links Appeal," to benefit young
people in Scotland wishing to exchange with those in other parts of the world.
Possibly it could tie in with fund-raising elsewhere.
The Clan history by John Stewart
of Ardvorlich has only a short list of famous Camerons. There must be
many more in a wide range of endeavours particularly in the 20th Century from
around the world who it would be good to make better known. These could
be compiled in appropriate categories and what better for the year 2000 than a
synopsis of the lives of significant Camerons of the cloth following the early
Bishop, John Cameron of medieval Glasgow and Richard Cameron the Covenanter.
Certainly with my background in architecture I would like to know of
noteworthy Camerons in the building industry to add to Charles Cameron,
Architect to Catherine the Great of Russia. It's not all men as for
instance there was an important Victorian photographer, Julia Cameron, who
deserves to be better known. It is important to update Clan history to help
inspire future generations.
As we stand at the gate of the
Millennium can we begin to see a pathway ahead which will appeal to younger
members and give renewed purpose to the Clan? I doubt if I have shed much
light as a recently appointed President, but certainly the combination of all
the messages and topics requested by Tom Cameron will be most illuminating.
What I can say on behalf of the Council of the Association is that
visiting Camerons and members of septs will always be given a warm welcome and
assistance in finding places of Clan importance in Scotland.
WHAT HAS BEEN PRESERVED FROM
THIS PAST MILLENNIUM
by Denis Muir; Curator, Clan Cameron Museum
It is strange, and a reflection
on our society, that the most common preserved relic is that most fragile of
materials, paper; more particularly, legal documents, showing the importance
that has been placed on having a clear written record and not relying on the
spoken and remembered word.
It unfortunate that the
Achnacarry documents were lost in 1746, although we do know what the chest
contained in 1727. It is probable that any family that lived in a stone
built house would have had such a chest; incidentally, does anyone know where
the Clunes chest is? It disappeared quite recently, when contact was lost
with the member of the family who had it, together with other family items.
The museum has few original documents; but it does have some of the
estate account books for the nineteenth century, with the names of the tenants
of the crofts, farms and fishings, with details of their rents and arrears.
For other artefacts, we have Sir
Ewen Dubh's boots; they were preserved because in 1745 Drummond of Balhaldie was
writing his biography, and had taken away some of the stuff concerning him.
We claim to have his gun, but this I doubt - as it was made by H Knock,
who was producing his weapons in the eighteenth century; his original order book
survives, and I want to look at it one day to see for whom the weapon was made.
Lochiel has many relics at the
Castle; one must mention Ewen McIlduy's sword (a fearsome weapon) and the Clan
Banner which was carried at Culloden by MacLachlan of Coruanan, who brought it
away after the battle and hid it in his house (although that must have been
later, for his house and barns, to the value of £10, were burnt), and it was
given back to Lochiel in 1877 by Miss Janet MacLachlan before she joined her
sisters in Canada. Then there are the Gentle Lochiel's pistols, targe and
snuffbox; I was recently asked why the motto on the targe "Fear God, Honour
the King" is in English, and not, as would have been expected, in either
Latin or Gaelic. If anyone knows the answer, please let us know.
The museum does have a large
number of genealogies which have been given to us by members of the Clan, and we
want more. I must mention the Australian Genealogy, which is produced by
the New South Wales Branch of the Association; we try to get any Australian
Cameron coming in to look at it to ensure that they are mentioned, but have to
send many on their way saying "You must get it up to date." A
few weeks ago a lady came in and asked if we knew anything about John Cameron
the Wise; she was dumb-founded when I put in front of her our very heavy copy of
"1001 Descendants of John Cameron the Wise," which was published by
the Glengarry Genealogical Society of Glengarry in Canada.
One of our projects is to put our
genealogies onto computer so that they can be searched efficiently; even now, we
have our successes with people finding branches of their families which they did
not know existed. But I repeat, we want more genealogies, even if they do
not go very far back - the one that you send in may be the one that someone else
is looking for.
But, please, we cannot help with
"Donald Cameron who lived near Ben Nevis."
Since early September 1999, when
the Millennium Newsletter project began, over forty-eight editorial hours and
well over one hundred revisions have been made to this document. The
Millennium Newsletter's editor, the Association's Northern U.S. President Thomas
Alexander Cameron, would like to thank those Camerons who have graciously
provided such superb content and cooperation. Another "nod" of
appreciation must go out to the various individuals who are receiving
"master copies" of this document and re-distributing it on their local
levels - no small effort in itself! Lastly, the funding required to
reproduce and mail "hard copies" of this newsletter to the previously
mentioned Association contacts, was provided by a member of the Lake Michigan
Chapter who has asked to remain anonymous. While honoring this request, we
would nevertheless like to thank this "proud Cameron" for underwriting
the Clan Cameron Association's Millennium Newsletter.
THE CAMERON KIDS PLEDGE
Clan Cameron Online recently
posed the following question to Association members: "What do you see as
the 'key' to preserving our Cameron heritage in the new Millennium?"
Without exception the response was "the children." With that
thought in mind, the following "Cameron Kids Pledge" was created and
posted on the website, asking the "wee ones" to take the following
* As a Cameron Kid, I pledge to
learn of my proud Cameron heritage, and of my Scottish ancestry;
* I also pledge to help others discover the traditions, history and culture that
Camerons from throughout the world share with one another;
* Further more, I pledge to represent the Clan Cameron with dignity, and to
respect all others, regardless of their nationality or race;
* Lastly, I promise to uphold these pledges now and in the next Millennium, as a
proud Cameron Kid.
Via the Internet, the following
twenty-one determined "Cameron Kids" took the pledge:
Tyler McClellend Blair, Texas,
U.S.A., age 5
Alexander Franklin Cameron, Arizona, U.S.A., age 11
Bret Gordon Cameron, Washington, U.S.A., age 6
Brooke Ellen Cameron, Arizona, U.S.A., age 6
Christopher Lee Cameron, Minnesota, U.S.A., age 12
Eve Sheila Cameron, Ayrshire, Scotland, age 9
Janie Clare Cameron, Canterbury, New Zealand, age 9
Jessica Lynn Cameron, Washington, U.S.A., age 4
John David Cameron , Illinois, U.S.A., age 5
Katie Lynn Cameron, Maryland, U.S.A., age 7
Rebecca Fay Cameron, Ayrshire, Scotland, age 11
Ryan Alexander Cameron, Illinois, U.S.A., age 7
Sarah Rose Cameron, Canterbury, New Zealand, age 7
Schuyler Franklin Cameron, Arizona, U.S.A., age 9
Shawn David Cameron, Minnesota, U.S.A., age 15
Joshua Adam Holstein, Ohio, U.S.A., age 11
Scott Cameron Kessenick, California, U.S.A., age 15
Julie Ellen Leibold, Minnesota, U.S.A., age 13
Christina Marie Ryan, Ontario, Canada, age 15
Heather Marie Taylor, South Dakota, U.S.A., age 12
Cameron Jay Worrall, Victoria, Australia, age 11
A VOICE FOR THE NEW
On the occasion of the new
Millennium, Lochiel's grandson, the son of Donald Angus Cameron, Younger of
Lochiel, Donald Andrew Cameron, sends the following greetings. As does
his father, Donald Andrew represents the future of Clan Cameron with great pride
and dignity. As the Clan Cameron "heads" into this third
Millennium, our future appears to be secure, with the Camerons of Lochiel as
"Let us hope that Clan
Cameron goes from strength to strength as we head into the 21st century. With
better communications and interaction between its many diverse parts, the Clan
Cameron Organisation across the world will hopefully draw closer together, as we
continue to enjoy and take pride in our shared heritage. May an honourable PAST
and an exciting PRESENT, drive us on to a happy and fulfilling FUTURE.
THE CLAN CAMERON MILLENNIUM
* 1000: The "1st"
Captain of the Camerons, Angus, is said to lead his kinsmen in Lochaber
* 1165: Robert of Cambrun granted
lands of Ballegarno in the Carse of Gowrie by King William the Lyon; his
"Cameron Connections" are unclear
* 1314: Camerons join King Robert
the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn for a glorious victory over England's
King Edward II
* 1320: Sir John de Cambrun is
among the Scottish nobles who signs and seals the historic Declaration of
* 1333: Cameron forces, led by
John De Cameron, "supposed" VIII Chief, fight in the 3rd division of
the Scots army at the Battle of Hallidon Hill
* 1370: The Battle of
Invernahavon, one of many early "Cameron vs. Macintosh" conflicts that
would continue over the next three hundred years
* 1396: The Battle of the North
Inch of Perth, possibly fought between Camerons and Macintoshes before King
* 1400: Donald Dubh Cameron
becomes the XI Captain of the Camerons; his "patronymic" remains for
the next 600 years with each and every Cameron chief
* 1411: Donald Dubh Cameron, XI
Chief, and his men join the Lord of the Isles in the "indecisive"
Battle of Harlaw - many Camerons perish
* 1430: John Cameron, Archbishop
of Glasgow, founds a portion of Glasgow Cathedral
* 1431: Clan Cameron joins King
James I's unsuccessful Royalist army against Donald Balloch - after his victory,
Balloch ravages Lochaber in retribution
* 1441: Camerons meet
Mackintoshes in a "sanguinary conflict" at Craig Cailloch, after which
Macintoshes were silenced - for the moment
* 1472: For the first time in
recorded history, the phrase- name "Clan Cameron" is recorded - a clan
* 1492: The Cameron lands on
"Locheilside" are officially granted for the first time to Ewen
Cameron, XVII Chief
* 1503: The Camerons fight in the
Rebellion of Donald Dubh, and Ewen, XVII Chief is "declared rebel" by
* 1513: Camerons, led by Ewen
MacAllan Cameron, XIII Chief, join King James IV in defeat at the Battle of
Flodden, in Northern England
* 1527: The Captain and Chief of
Clan Cameron is referred to for the first time as "of Lochiel."
* Circa 1533: The great
"strong house" of Torcastle replaces Eilean nan Craobh as the Cameron
* 1546: Ewen Cameron, XIII Chief,
is beheaded at Elgin by the efforts of Huntly, Lieutenant of the North
* Circa 1553: Ewen Cameron, XIV
Chief, is murdered at the castle of Inch-Connel, in Lochow
* 1569: Donald Cameron, XV Chief,
is murdered by his own clansmen - chaos ensues for the next 8 years
* 1569-1577: Donald "The
Taillear Dubh" Cameron heroically defends the Camerons from the
Mackintoshes - his deadly battle axe is feared throughout Lochaber
* 1598: Allan Cameron, XVI Chief,
and his men undertake the First Raid of Moyness, in Moray - many cattle are
* 1635: John Cameron, eldest son
of Allan Cameron, XVI Chief, dies - his son, the future Sir Ewen, is now heir
* 1645: The Second raid of
Moyness is undertaken upon the same lands as the first raid - many Camerons are
killed in the aftermath
* 1645: The Battle of Inverlochy
- 300 Camerons proudly fight for the victorious Montrose
* 1647: An eighteen-year old Ewen
Cameron returns to Lochaber upon the death of his grandfather, to lead the clan
* Circa 1654: Ewen Cameron, XVII
Chief, takes a desperate bite out of the throat of an English officer in battle
- and lives to tell the story
* Circa 1655: Work commences on
the Chief of Clan Cameron's grand new fir-planked residence, Achnacarry
* 1665: The Cameron - Macintosh
feud comes to an end after 360 years of nearly continuous conflict
* 1671: Camerons begin to arrive
in America prior to this date, when one is noted as living in Virginia
* 1682: While in Edinburgh, Ewen
Cameron, XVII Chief, is Knighted by HRH, the Duke of York
* 1680-1685: Sir Ewen purchases
lands in both Jamaica and East Jersey, in "The Americas"
* 1689: Sir Ewen charges
barefooted along with his Camerons to victory at the Battle of Killiecrankie
* 1715: John Cameron, XVIII
Chief, leads the Camerons in support of the Jacobite cause
* 1745: Donald "The Gentle
Lochiel," XIX Chief, leads the Camerons in support of "Bonnie Prince
* 1746: After two forceful
campaign victories, the Jacobite army is defeated at the Battle of Culloden -
many Camerons lay dead or wounded on the moor
* 1746: As Lochiel looks on,
Achnacarry is burnt to the ground. Later that year he will escape to exile in
* 1753: Dr. Archibald Cameron,
brother of Donald XIX Chief, is executed in London. He is the final Jacobite to
die for Prince Charles' cause
* 1790: Donald Cameron, XXII
Chief, returns to Lochaber for a visit, and is welcomed by Cameron clansmen
* 1802: Ground is broken on
"New" Achnacarry; it would be completed thirty-five years later
* 1814: Donald Cameron, XXIII
Chief, fights at the Battle of Waterloo with the Grenadier Guards
* 1857: Donald Cameron, XXIV
Chief, appointed 1st attache in Lord Elgin's mission to China
* 1891: The Clan Cameron
Association is founded on January 29th of this year, in Glasgow
* 1915: Donald W. Cameron, XXV
Chief, leads the 5th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders at the Battle of Loos
* 1934: King George V creates
Donald W. Cameron, XXV Chief, a Knight of the Thistle
* 1938: The first ever worldwide
Clan Cameron "Gathering" is held at Achnacarry
* 1939: Donald H. Cameron, XXVI
Chief, commands his regiment of the Lovat Scouts during World War II
* 1956: A worldwide Gathering of
Clan Cameron is held at Achnacarry
* 1964: A worldwide Gathering of
Clan Cameron is held at Achnacarry
* 1967: A worldwide Gathering of
Clan Cameron is held at Achnacarry
* 1973: Queen Elizabeth II
creates Donald H. Cameron, XXVI Chief, a Knight of the Thistle
* 1989: The Clan Cameron Museum,
a concept initiated by Donald A. Cameron, Younger of Lochiel, is opened on the
grounds of Achnacarry
* 1995: A worldwide Gathering of
Clan Cameron is held at Achnacarry
* 1999: As the Millennium ends,
approximately 2,500 families worldwide are proud, active members of the Clan
ANNS AN DEALACHADH
(finally, in closing...)
And so we now close this
Millennium Newsletter, the 35th Online Newsletter in Clan Cameron Online's five
years of existence. Camerons from throughout the Association are sharing
this publication, and other Camerons are also viewing the Online Newsletter in
its entirety for the very first time outside of our membership...
Mar sin leibh