09:00 - 28 May 2004 Press & Journal
The Cameron clan is mourning the loss of its
Tributes were being paid last night to Colonel Sir Donald Hamish
Cameron of Lochiel, the 26th chief and captain of Clan Cameron, who
has died at the age of 93.
He died peacefully at his home, the clan's spiritual headquarters of
Achnacarry Castle, near Fort William, with his wife, Lady Margaret,
and other members of the family at his bedside.
A former Lord Lieutenant of Inverness-shire, Sir Donald is survived
by Lady Margaret, four children, 14 grandchildren and four great
grandchildren. His family said last night they were "deeply
saddened" by their loss.
Speaking from the family home, his elder son, Donald, said: "We will
always miss his optimism and enthusiasm. He got on well with
everybody. He was a great Scot, living here for 50 years. He loved
Scotland and never went away for any time at all. He particularly
"On hearing the news, people from the clan have been ringing from as
far as New Zealand and Australia to offer their sympathy. They are
very loyal friends, and loved and respected him very much."
He added: " I loved him for his sense of humour, enthusiasm and
optimism. He was always looking forward and loved life. Even
yesterday, he was doing the Press and Journal crossword."
Sir Donald, known simply as Lochiel, was made a Knight of the
Thistle by the Queen in November, 1973. His brother, Charlie
Cameron, 83, speaking from his home in Nairn, said last night: "I am
very glad I saw him just a fortnight ago. We talked a lot about old
times. His memory was very good. He was remarkably spry."
Born on September 12, 1910, to Sir Donald Walter Cameron and Lady
Hermione Emily Graham, the younger daughter of the fifth Duke of
Montrose, Lochiel was educated at Harrow and Balliol College,
He became a chartered accountant and embarked on a business career
before marrying Lady Margaret, daughter of Colonel Nigel
Gathorne-Hardy, brother of the Earl of Cranbrook, in 1939. He was
commissioned into the Lovat Scouts in 1929, serving with them
throughout the war, rising to the rank of major in 1940 and
Lieutenant Colonel commanding 4/5th Bn (TA) in 1945.
Lochiel was a director of the Royal Bank of Scotland from 1954-1980,
county councillor for Kilmallie on what was then Inverness County
Council, and served as Lord Lieutenant of Inverness-shire from
The tall, distinguished chief once recalled in a magazine article
how a visit Down Under brought him closer to some of the more
distant Cameron clansfolk, of which there are some 2,000 in
Australia and 1,500 in New Zealand.
"We went to Brisbane," he said, "where some people organised a
dinner announcing that I was coming. Do you know, 300 people turned
up. Imagine if I went to Glasgow and it was announced that the Chief
of Clan Cameron was coming. Do you think that anybody would turn
A Cameron website reliably informs clansfolk that Glaswegians, among
others, owe a debt of gratitude to one of their Lochiel descendants.
It was "the Gentle Lochiel" of 1745 fame, regarded as one of the
noblest of all Highland chiefs, who - during the Jacobite retreat -
saved the city from being sacked by Prince Charlie's men returning
from Derby. The grateful citizens of the day decreed that whenever
he or his descendants pass through Glasgow the bells of the Tolbooth
should be rung.
Lochiel once recalled: "I have had them rung three times for me!"
Lochiel leaves two sons Donald and Johnny, and two daughters, Anne
His funeral will be held at the end of next week, with a service at
St Andrew's Episcopal Church in Fort William.
information can be found on the Clan Cameron web site