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The Chief of Clan Cameron
Tenantry's Appreciation of Lochiel
from The Scotsman
April 19, 1921

The tenantry, feuars, and others on the Lochiel estate yesterday presented their Chief, Colonel D. W. Cameron, C.M.G., with his portrait in oils, painted by Mr David Alison, A.R.S.A., Edinburgh, in token of their appreciation of his gallant war service.  Lieut.-Colonel A. C. Miller, in making the presentation, referred to the chivalry, loyalty, and valour which marked the long-storied tale of the Chiefs of Clan Cameron, and they rejoiced to know that in the hands of the 25th Chief the high standard set and expected had been gallantly and worthily sustained.  From the fight on the North Inch of Perth to the carnage in Flanders the cry was a far one, but the spirit throughout had been the same. In the present Lochiel they had a representative of a long and honourable line of ancestry coming back to them in the prime of manhood, and coming back with tales of daring and tales of danger, and bearing laurels of achievement and of victory.  They remembered how in 1914  he rallied thousands to his standard by the magic of the ancient slogan, and there was nothing that surpassed in brilliancy the charge of the Camerons under Lochiel' s command at Loos.  They asked his acceptance of that portrait as worthy to be ranged along with those of his illustrious forefathers, the Chiefs of Clan Cameron.

Lochiel, in his reply, spoke at some length on war matters, referring to the noble response made by Lochaber when the call to arms came.  He took the opportunity of emphasising upon all able bodied men the necessity of enrolling in the Defence Corps, which had been called into being as a result of the industrial crisis.  There was no greater strength to a country than a loyal, happy, and contented peasantry, and he regarded himself as being extremely fortunate that he should have such loyal tenants and faithful servants on his estate.  They were living in difficult times, when rating and taxation were absorbing the whole, and more than the whole, of the free net rental of the estate.  It was the same everywhere.  Many estates had already gone under, others were in the market, and others were just on the verge.  What might happen to the Lochiel estate in the future no one could tell, but he felt certain that however poor his family might become as regards worldly possessions, they would always count themselves rich if they could retain their people's affection, loyalty, and devotion.  Whatever else they might have to part with, the bond of union, of fellowship, and of sympathy between his family and those who lived on the estate could sever be broken, either by legislation or economic pressure.