Camerons from all over Britain and many parts of the Commonwealth will gather at Achnacarry in Lochaber on Saturday for the first Rally of the Clan since 1951. It is expected that close on 1,000 members of the Clan will be at Achnacarry to be welcomed by their Chief, Lieutenant-Colonel Donald Hamish Cameron of Lochiel, and his family.
Among the overseas visitors will be Major G.S. Cameron, a past chief of the Federated Caledonian Societies of South Africa and Rhodesia, Mr Ian Donald Cameron of Wairarapa, New Zealand, and a Mrs Williams who is returning from Canada for the first time in 33 years so that she can be present at the Rally, as well as many Clansfolk from Australia and the United States.
Special trains will bring clansfolk from Edinburgh and Glasgow while bus parties are being organised from Oban, Inverness and other centres. From Fort William special bus services will operate to Achnacarry from 12.30, and ample provision has been made for parking private cars near the castle.
Fort William and Spean Bridge railway stations will be decorated with flags and bunting for the occasion as also will be the ferry boats at Ballachulish Ferry.
Through Highland music, Scottish Country dancing, displays of tartans and historic relics, as well as an exhibition of the skill of the shepherd and his dogs, those attending the gathering will be presented with a vivid impression of some enduring aspects of the Scottish way of life. All this will be enhanced by the rare beauty of the setting and by the friendliness of the assembled clanspeople.
Lochiel, 26th Chief of the "cheerful, chief renowned, battle-harnessed Camerons," himself very much a man of his generation who has served his country in war, and is now fully occupied in important tasks of national and county administration, will be presented to the Clansmen by the seanachaidh, Alastair Cameron, a Highlander in an old tradition - crofter and scholar, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, lover of the lore of his Clan, of those traditions which the Chief maintains and to which he adds a new vitality.
Speaking of the gathering, Lochiel said this week: "I am looking forward to the gathering at Achnacarry on Saturday with keen pleasure and I am delighted at the prospect of meeting so many Camerons then."