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Colonel Sir Donald Hamish Cameron of Lochiel, XXVI Chief of Clan Cameron

Funeral for veteran clan chief
1 June 2004

One of Scotland's senior clan chiefs is to be buried on Friday after a service in St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Fort William.

Lt Col Sir Donald Cameron of Lochiel died at his home and clan seat, Achnacarry Castle, last Thursday, aged 93. Educated at Harrow and Oxford, he trained as an accountant and was director and chairman of various companies including the Royal Bank Of Scotland, Scottish Widows and British Rail.

He served with the Lovat Scouts during World War II, eventually commanding the 4th/5th Battalion (TA). He also chaired the Sir Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund For Children for 16 years and was the chairman of the appeal which raised public funds to build Eden Court Theatre.

Made a a Knight Of The Thistle by the Queen in 1973, Lochiel was Lord Lieutenant of Inverness from 1971-1985. He also served on Invernessshire County Council. He is survived by his wife, Lady Margaret, two sons and two daughters. His younger brother, Col Charles Cameron, lives in Nairn.

"He was a great Scot and the quintessential Highland gentleman, " a former colleague said yesterday.

Farewell to Clan Cameron Chief Brings Town to Standstill
from the
Aberdeen Press and Journal
by Ken Jones
05 June 2004 

A Hush descended on Fort William's High Street, replacing the usual Friday afternoon hustle and bustle.

Clattering supermarket trolleys fell silent and taxis coasted quietly past. Shoppers and tourists hurried by, speaking in reverential tones.

Only the relayed organ music pierced the solemn silence as Lochaber said farewell to clan chief Colonel Sir Donald Hamish Cameron.

But to the hundreds who lined the pavements and precinct and packed the church hall, he was simply Lochiel, a man of the people, the 26th chief and captain of the Clan Cameron.

Inside the small sandstone St Andrew's Episcopal Church, 250 family and friends, kilted clansmen, estate workers in their plus-fours and men in suits from the Merchant City, where he held directorships, paid their last respects.

The turnout, one of the biggest for a funeral in Lochaber, brought much of the town to a standstill, closing one of its main car parks so mourners' vehicles could be accommodated.

The gathering within and without endorsed the description of Lochiel by the Rt Rev Douglas Cameron, former Bishop of Argyll and the Isles.

He was, said the bishop in his eulogy, "a man of the people, a gentle and humble man, with a deep and genuine interest in his fellows".

He added: "He always saw the best in people and possessed that rare gift for friendship with people from all walks of life. No wonder he attracted such affection."

The effect Sir Donald, who died last week at the age of 93, had on the lives of others would live on, said the bishop. "Lochiel loved Lochaber - apart from the midges," the bishop told mourners.

Yesterday, Lochaber showed it loved him.