Clan Cameron People
John Cameron of Corriechoille (1780-1856)
Beginning his life barefoot as a a drover’s lad at Spean Bridge, ‘Corry’ would build up his flock, herds & holdings to become the largest in Britain by the 1840s. Using his childhood wage he invested when he could in the occasional bull and eventually was able to rent the land at Corriechoille from Cameron of Lochiel. He continued to expand until he eventually possessed grazing land all the way from Falkirk to Skye.
He was noted for his incredible energy and sharp business sense, disguised under his scruffy appearance. In later years however his fortune dispersed and he was still working at 75 years of age when he died.
Donald Cameron, Younger of Lochiel (1695-1748)
When Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in Scotland with only seven men and no weapons or money, Donald Cameron saw even less chance of success for the ’45 rising than before, being a man who invested for the long term, improving his estate and investing in his clansmen. After meeting with the prince however, he declared ;I shall share the fate of my Prince and so shall any man whom nature or fortune has given me power’
After fighting bravely at Edinburgh and preventing the sack of Glasgow by the Highlanders he was wounded at Culloden and with his home and lands destroyed, fled the country and died in France.
Sir David Young Cameron (1865-1945)
Born in Glasgow and entering Edinburgh’s Royal Institution in 1884, DY Cameron became one of Scotland’s greatest artists. His famous landscape paintings ranged in subject from Paisley to the central Highlands, to Holland and Paris. His etchings set new records in auction rooms.
Around 1917 he worked for the Canadian government as a war artist. It was from this time onwards that he concentrated on the empty expanses of Scotland’s Highlands in paintings that would gain him even more respect than his etchings.
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