for veteran clan chief
1 June 2004
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.
to Clan Cameron Chief Brings Town to Standstill
from the Aberdeen Press and Journal
05 June 2004
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
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.