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The Clan Cameron Gathering
Celtic Monthly
March 1898

The Annual Re-union of the Clan Cameron Society was held in the Queen's Rooms, on 3rd Feb. (1898), Donald Cameron, of Lochiel, in the chair.  Among the others on the platform were: - Mr. Donald Walter Cameron, Yr. of Lochiel; Mr. Allan Cameron, of Lundavra; Major Allan W. Cameron; Mr. Allan Gordon Cameron, of Barcaldine; Ex-Provost John Cameron, Kirkintilloch; Mr. Patrick Cameron, Corrychoille; and Mr. Jas. Cameron, Hamilton.

The Chief, in his opening address, said the Clan Society was in a most flourishing condition.  This was the eighth year of its existence, and the membership exceeded 350.  The clan feeling which was so strong in more warlike times was still a distinguishing feature of Highland character.  Highlanders had shown by the formation of Clan Societies that a spirit of loyalty still animated them.  Why was recruiting in the Highlands at a standstill?  It could not be for the want of population.  At the present time the people were more crowded into small corners, where they were not so happy or so comfortable as they were in the old times.  He would be the last to say that the people of the Highlands should be made food for powder, but he thought the Highlands should provide their quota of men and no more.  Let the people see a little of the pomp and circumstance of war, let them see recruiting parties going round with drums and pipes and all the other paraphernalia of a soldiering life, instead of an odd recruiting sergeant here and there.  Then they would be spared the humiliation of being constantly told that those who lived in the Highlands did not take their share in the defences of the country.  (Applause.)

Continuing, Lochiel referred to the coming of age of his son, Donald Walter Cameron, yr. of Lochiel, to whom the Society were to present an address.  The mark which distinguished the clan system from the feudal system was the headship of the clans.  The Clan Cameron had been very fortunate in this respect.  For twenty-five or twenty-six generations the chieftainship had descended from father to son in a direct line.  (Applause.)

The coming of age of his son had evoked unbounded enthusiasm in Lochaber, an enthusiasm which, he hoped, would be given expression to later on.  This, in his opinion, falsified the prediction of those who said that the land agitation might weaken the ties which existed between chief and clansmen.  This was not so at all events in Lochaber.  (Applause.)

Afterwards Mr. Allan Cameron of Lundavra, Assistant Adjutant-General R.I.C., read the congratulatory address, and presented it to Mr. Donald Walter Cameron.  Mr. Cameron, who was received with loud cheering and the singing of "Hail to the Chief," replied shortly.  He also referred to the strength of the clan attachments, and expressed his deep gratitude to his fellow-clansmen for their loyalty to the chief and their kindness to himself.  He had been, he said, a year and a half in Her Majesty's service, and he hoped before long to be sent to the front if there were fighting to be done.  He was in the same regiment as his grandfather had served in at the Battle of Waterloo.  He would always endeavour to live up to the traditions of his position, and would ever remember the affectionate sympathy he had met with at the outset of his career.

Ex-Provost John Cameron, Kirkintilloch, author of an interesting work on The Clan Cameron, to whom we are indebted for the excellent portraits which appear with this notice, also delivered a rousing address, and moved the usual votes of thanks.

A concert and assembly followed.