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The Funeral of Lochiel
from The Scotsman
December 7, 1905


The remains of Donald Cameron of Lochiel, twenty-fourth chief of the Clan Cameron, were interred yesterday, amid universal expressions of sympathy and sorrow, in St Andrew's Church, Fort-William, and the funeral was probably one of the largest ever witnessed in the Highlands. Between ten and eleven o'clock the cortege left the ancestral home, where previously service was conducted in presence of Lady Margaret Cameron, the family, and guests by the Rev. G.A. Cooke, chaplain to his Grace the Duke of Buccleuch.  Preceded by a piper playing a lament, the coffin was borne on the shoulders of eight estate shepherds and deer-stalkers through the avenue to the entrance gate, where it was placed in an open hearse, escorted from Achnacarry by the Lochaber Squadron of the Lovat Scouts, under the command of Major A.W. M'Donald, D.S.O.  The funeral procession consisted of a long train of carriages, which extended to about a mile.  The twelve mile drive was accomplished in comparatively fine weather, although snow had fallen during the preceding night, and the hills, with a thin white pall, and enshrouded in mist, seemed to deepen the gloom which prevailed throughout Lochaber at the passing of its chief.

The chief mourners were the sons of the deceased, Mrs Mackenzie (sister), Mr Veitch (nephew), Mr Ralph Cameron (cousin), the Earl of Dalkeith, the Earl of Leven and Melville, and Miss Eleanora Cameron.  The pall-bearers were all chiefs or chieftains, their names being:óLord Lovat, The Mackintosh of Mackintosh, Cluny of Cluny, Sir Reginald MacLeod of MacLeod, MacDonald of Glenaladale, and MacLean of Ardgour.  Amongst the general company were the Earl of Morton, Mr J.E.B. Baillie of Dochfour, Mr John A. Dewar, M.P.; Mr Ainsworth, M.P.; Major Bailley (sp?), Invergloy; Sir Allan Mackenzie of Glenmaick (sp?), Sir Kenneth Mackenzie of Gairloch, Mr Fraser Tytler (sp?),  Aldourie; Mr Stewart of Brin, Captain Blundell Hawkes, Mr John Macpherson Grant, Ballindalloch; Mr Grant, Invermoriston; Mr James Head, Inverailort; Captain Ellice, M.P.; Mr Newton of Biscoe, Mr G.B. Davy, Spean Lodge; Mr John MacDonald, Keppoch; Mr George Malcolm, Invergarry; Sheriff Davidson, Fort-William, and others.

At Nevis Bridge the procession was met by the Town Councils of Fort-William and Inverness, the Fort-William Volunteers, under command of Captain Fraser; tenants, feuars, and crofters, clergy, County Council, Sheriff  and Court officials, representative bodies, the public, and the police under Chief-Constable M'Hardy, Inverness.  The representation from the Clan Cameron Society, which occupied a place of honour in the procession, comprised Mr A. Cameron Corbert, M.P.; Mr P. Cameron, Corrichoillie; Mr D. Cameron Swan, London; Mr Peter Cameron, Alexandria; and Major John Cameron, Fort-William.  As the cortege again moved off, the pipers played "Lord Lovat' s Lament," and "Lochaber No More" as the place of interment was approached.  Borne shoulder-high from the hearse to St Andrew's church, the polished oak coffin, covered with the late chief's plaid, bonnet with eagle's feathers, and claymore, was placed in the chancel, and around it was a magnificent display of floral wreaths.  The officiating clergy were the Very Rev. the Dean of St. Andrews, the Rev. S.M. Cooke, Dalkeith; the Rev. K.L. Reid, Rector; and the Dean of Argyll, representing the Bishop.  After the body had been committed to the grave, the general public were afforded an opportunity of passing round and viewing the coffin.

During the time of the funeral, business was entirely suspended in Fort-William, and the bells were tolled at intervals.  All along the route from Achnacarry groups of the tenantry had assembled to witness the passing of the mournful procession, and not a few touching scenes were noted.

The Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch being unable to attend the funeral of Lochiel at Fort-William, a memorial service was held at the private chapel at Drumlanrig Castle, conducted by the Rev. Herbert Moore.