Month: August 2019

Congratulations to Jeremy Cameron, forward with AFL team Greater Western Sydney, who has secured the GWS forward the 2019 Coleman Medal with a career-best nine goals in his 150th AFL match last weekend . The Giants’ 20.7 (127) to 7.13 (55) win over Gold Coast on Saturday night at Metricon Stadium means that he ends the regular season with 67 majors.

Only a remarkable display by Richmond’s Tom Lynch (53) or Brisbane’s Charlie Cameron (52) at the MCG on Sunday next can deny Jeremy the honour.

Jeremy Cameron arrived at the GIANTS from the tiny town of Dartmoor in Victoria at the age of 17 as an underage recruit. Cameron didn’t begin playing football until the age of 16 but burst on to the AFL scene, making his debut in round one, 2012 and finishing his first year as the GIANTS’ leading goal-kicker.

2013 saw Jeremy finish third in the Coleman Medal, become the first GIANT to be named in the All-Australian team and win the Kevin Sheedy Medal as the GIANTS’ club champion.

Jeremy Cameron has been the club’s leading goal kicker in every season since 2012. Off-field Jeremy is a keen fisherman and enjoys camping and hunting with his country teammates.​

Congratulations Jeremy!

Joanne Cameron, Co-administrator Clan Cameron YDNA Project www.familytreedna.com/

Our Clan is a rich tapestry of people, history and traditions. From our Chief Lochiel, the cadets which are represented in our Clan crest to the various septs which are also associated with the Clan, we are a confederation of people with huge pride in who we are and where we come from. This is well reflected in the Y DNA results to date.

The aim of our project is to explore the origins of the surname Cameron. In doing so we are finding that our Clan is made up of many different paternal lines and Haplogroups who are united alongside our main paternal Cameron line. The Cameron Clan is not necessarily defined by who is and who isn’t related to the main Paternal Cameron lineage.

When surnames were adopted in Scotland, around the 12th century for the upper echelons of Scottish society and the 18th for ordinary people, not every man who pledged allegiance to a Clan Chief would have been a descendant of the same patrilineal ancestor.

There can be a misconception that anyone bearing a clan surname is automatically descended from a clan chief, but this isn’t always the case. They instead could have been related through adoption, marriage or even by proximity.

The ability of a clan to defend its territory from other clans depended greatly on attracting as many followers as possible. Being a member of a large and powerful clan became a distinct advantage in the lawless Highlands, and followers might adopt the clan name to curry favour with the Laird, to show solidarity, for basic protection, or maybe because their lands were taken by a more powerful neighbour and they had little option!

We currently have sitting in our Group A, men who descend from our paternal Cameron SNP R-A6138, 21 testers who break off into 5 different branches. Two branches are identified by family research to be MacGillonie and Clunes. By far the largest sub-clade off of R-A6138 is a branch yet to be identified. There is much potential for R-A6138 to have many different branches or as we call them sub-clades beneath it.

There are about 50 YSTR testers who would most likely turn out to be in our Group A if they upgraded to the Big Y 700 test.

The vast majority, over 100 YSTR Cameron surname testers in the Project, are not descended from R-A6138. They come from mainly the haplogroup R1b but a good number are from the I1 haplogroup with some also from haplogroup R1a, J and E.

We also have 31 Cameron men who have only tested 12 YSTR markers which is insufficient to determine where they sit in our Project. A bare minimum test of 37 YSTR’s are needed for placement in the Project.

There are two new Big Y 700 tests currently in progress and six new upgrades to the new Big Y 700 from the Big Y 500. The SNP above R-A6138, or as we call it the Grandfather of A6138, is the SNP R-A7298 which at current estimates indicate was born about the year 1042AD. A7298 is the common shared ancestor of Clans Cameron, Macnab and McPhee.

In my next article I hope to bring news of the McMartin Camerons which may make us look at their history a bit closer!

Twenty members of Clan Cameron NSW enjoyed a delightful lunch at the Boiler House Restaurant, part of The Hydro Majestic hotel.

A number of Clan members also enjoyed a tour of the Hydro Majestic which revealed an amazing History Tour The tour will took in history of the Casino lobby with its iconic domed roof, the magnificent Salon Due Thé and Cat’s Alley, the elegant Majestic Ballroom, concluding in the Hydro Majestic Pavilion which showcased vibrant displays of Hydro’s historical past along with boutique and regional food and wine from the Blue Mountains and its regions.

Dr Ian Cameron

Members were entertained both before and following the lunch by a wonderful rendition by piper Dr Ian Cameron. We were blessed with glorious weather and great company and we look forward to our next Clan Cameron function.