A North American clan society has
created a “virtual Lochaber” on the internet to help it research its
The computer programme was designed and
created by the Clan Cameron Association of North America.
Users are able to explore an interactive
map, drawn after consulting hundreds of maps, past and present, and a
linked reference guide.
The programme, which will be expanded
annually, contains items of interest such as elusive Lochaber crofting
communities, glens and lochside areas where Camerons, their affiliates
families and fiercely dedicated septs once resided.
There are major and minor battlefield
sites, churches, roads, cemeteries, historic sites, hiking and cycling
trails and tourism destinations.
Virtual Lochaber was unveiled at the
Clan Cameron Association’s “Red River Roundup,” which took place
last month in Bedford, Texas.
North American Commissioner Thomas
Cameron said: “During the 2001 international gathering of Clan Cameron
at Achnacarry many of our members commented that it was somewhat difficult
to identify historic and moderately noteworthy locations in Lochaber.
It’s not necessarily a sign problem, or a lack of friendly folks
to point tourists in the right direction, but our members seem to be
looking for places from the past that area a distant memory for most, at
best. The association is
pleased to now offer this resource to its many members so they may search
for their ancestor’s home. We
also envision members making a trip to Lochaber and loading this programme
onto their laptops, using it as a tour guide of sorts.
It will enable many to learn of and explore the nooks and crannies
of the beautiful Lochaber district, the gem of the West Highlands.”
The programme is available exclusively from the chapters and branches of the Clan Cameron Association.