Dear Cameron clansfolk,
I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year, and that 2019 is treating you well so far. It’s hard to believe how quickly the year is slipping by, and soon enough we will be welcoming in 2020! For me, the quiet period over Christmas- New Year was a wonderful time to progress my PhD, which has taken a back-seat to the two executive director positions I’ve been doing for construction industry associations over the past three years.
Not all Australians have had an easy ride lately, with some coping with flood, fire, and drought. John Cameron in Brisbane suggested including Dorothea Mackellar’s poem, My Country, in the newsletter in tribute to these events and people, and so I have done so. It makes stirring reading for any Australian.
Speaking of 2020, next year there will be the next International Clan Cameron Gathering at Achnacarry from Thursday 30 July to Sunday 2 August. Lochiel has asked for numbers attending from each country, and so if you think you might attend, please do let me know.
Last December, NZ grazier Bruce Alex Cameron suggested that I have a DNA test undertaken by FamilyTreeDNA.com, the company that is compiling Cameron DNA samples and show linkages between different Cameron lines around the world. [See article on this later in the newsletter.] They occasionally have 40% off sales and this was one such occasion. I look forward to seeing what the results show. Apparently, all who originate outside of Africa descend from a small group or groups that left Africa 70,000 years ago, which is a millisecond in the history of life on earth, and so we are all very closely related.
It seems to be the season of historical Scottish movies, and Mary Queen of Scots has recently been in cinemas, starring Australia’s Margot Robbie as Elizabeth and Ireland’s Saoirse Ronan as Mary. It was a good dramatisation of the events at that time, but quite hard hitting at times. I enjoyed hearing some Gaelic in the film.
Best wishes, James Lachlan Cameron