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National Clan Cameron in Australia members can find an interesting a link on the Members Section to a short YouTube clip (approx. 14 minutes) of a guided tour from West Highland Museum of the Kilmallie kirkyard, a small kirkyard with a wealth of history!

From Cameron chiefs and stories of witches, to reknowned Gaelic poets, tragic seafaring disasters, and the ‘other Telford’. This wee special place has it all.

 

 

A pistol hidden in a sporran – open it the wrong way – you’re the target.

Part of Sir Walter Scott’s collection which inspired the writing about the object in his novel Rob Roy.

Thanks to the National Museum of Scotland

 

 

 

 

Members of National Clan Cameron Australia attended another highly successful Bundanoon Highland Gathering on Saturday, 1 st April, along with 11,000 spectators and participants.

We welcomed 6 new families as new members of the association.

While the weather was overcast and little wet at times in no way did this impact on everyone’s enjoyment of the day’s events, which included the ever inspiring Pipes and Drums, and what a massed band we saw, the Strongman Competition, with spectators also invited to participates in a modified event, Scottish Dancing and a host of activities for the children.

Photo: Ben Appleton | Photox – Canberra Photography Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris, James with Alistair and Steve obscured by the banner and Sue in the march down Erith St.

Steve standing proudly with the Clan Cameron banner.

Some of the Clan Cameron contingent – with Steve hiding again.

The Pipes and Drums appeal to all in attendance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Strongman events are always popular, and engaging.

The heaviest stone weighing 165kg, which all were able to lift onto the last barrel.

 

Australian Highland Heavyweight Championship

1st. Terry Sparks -BRIGADOON CHAMPION 2023

2nd Macauley Tinker TINKER

Joint 3rd Kurt Liven & Lance Holland-Keen

5th Jamie Muscat

 

President Alistair Cameron and the children’s story telling activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 March
Groundbreaking new research has revealed that a piece of woollen textile found in a Highland peat bog neary 40 years ago is the earliest-known surviving piece of authentic tartan in Scotland.

The fragment of material discovered during forestry work in Glen Affric, which experts say has shed new light on the “origin story” of tartan, could be more than 500 years old.

Historians believe it is the oldest surviving “true tartan” – patterned cloth featuring dye of different colours and stripes of different sizes.

They have hailed the “remarkable discovery” of the only surviving piece of tartan from this period of Scottish history, which is thought to have survived for so long because it was buried in peat.

Dye analysis and radiocarbon testing were carried out on the fragile piece of tartan, which measures around 55cm by 43cm, and had traces of the colours green, brown, red and yellow.

The results of the work, which also involved the “washing out” of peat staining, are said to have dated the age of the material to between 1500 and 1600 AD, during the reign of King James V, Mary Queen of Scots or King James VI.

There is a written record of tartan being bought for King James III in 1471, while the wearing of a tartan kilt is believed to date back to the late 16th century.

Although Glen Affric was a key territory for the Clan Chisholm, Scotland’s foremost tartan historian believes the piece of green, brown, red and yellow-coloured material was part of a home-made “working garment” rather than a piece of clothing worn by someone of high status.

The research project was instigated by the STA after curators working on the V&A Dundee exhibition approached the charity over potential loans of early “proto tartans”.

V&A Dundee curator James Wylie said: “The word tartan only really came into the lexicon in Scotland in the 1500s. This was a time of the Renaissance, when there were a lot of connections between Scotland and France. The word tartan actually derives from a French word which means to weave together two different types of cloth or yarn.

“This particular fragment was handed in to the Scottish Tartans Authority by people who found it when they were peat cutting. It was a really tatty piece of textile which had pretty much been packed away since the 1980s.

“Although we can theorise about the Glen Affric tartan, it’s important that we don’t construct history around it.

“Although Clan Chisholm controlled that area, we cannot attribute the tartan to them as we don’t know who owned it.”

John McLeish, chair of the STA, said: “The Glen Affric tartan is clearly a piece of national and historical significance.

“It is likely to date back to the reign of James V, Mary Queen of Scots, or James VI/I.

“There’s no other known surviving piece of tartan from this period. It’s a remarkable discovery and deserves national attention and preservation.

 

 

An International Clan Cameron Gathering is planned for August 2024 at Achnacarry in Scotland.

Clan Cameron members should put this date in the calendar for what should be a very special Clan Cameron gathering. As you may recall the 2020 International Gathering was cancelled due to Covid-19. Hopefully all will be well for 2024!

Until the mid-18th century the purpose of a clan gathering was usually to celebrate the end of the harvest, to attend a council to transact clan business or to prepare for a ‘creach’ (to pillage and plunder).

More recently, clan gatherings are a celebration of kinship and a love of Highland heritage.

Achnacarry, c.1950s – Am Baile

A group, including re-enactors, retraced the night march route in 2009

At a glance

  • A night march attempted by Bonnie Prince Charlie before the Battle of Culloden is to be recreated
  • The march of 15 April 1746 had been an attempt to attack government troops camped at Nairn
  • The National Trust for Scotland will use its event to raise funds to help protect Culloden Battlefield
  • It could be among the last to retrace the route due to new developments

26 January 2023

A night march made by Jacobite soldiers on the eve of the Battle of Culloden 277 years ago is to be recreated by a team from the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

A group of soldiers loyal to Bonnie Prince Charlie had hoped to launch a surprise attack on British government troops camped at Nairn.

But the fighters, already hungry and exhausted from their efforts to reach Culloden, near Inverness, were forced to give up on their 12-mile march over moorland in darkness.

Many of them made the return journey to Culloden.

Just hours later, on 16 April 1746, the prince’s army was defeated in battle.

Culloden saw the deaths of about 1,600 men – 1,500 of them Jacobites.

A re-enactment on 15 April 2009 was believed to be the first since the original night march 263 years before.

Past experiences

The NTS team will undertake their walk to raise funds to help protect the battlefield, which the trust manages.

It could be among the last recreations of the route because of housing developments planned along its way.

NTS said: “We can mostly recreate the night march as the landscape till now has remained unchanged.

“However, new and proposed developments from the past 10 years are seriously endangering the wider battlefield landscape.

“Time is of the essence.”

A spokeswoman added: “Although others have recreated the night march in the past, they have not done so specifically looking at the effect of development on the landscape.”

She said the team had been lucky to draw on the experiences of past recreations, and the knowledge of the late Culloden historian Prof Christopher Duffy.

The night march re-enactment of 14 years ago saw 12 of 20 people complete the 10-hour, 24-mile round trip

A re-enactment on 15 April 2009 was believed to be the first since the original night march 263 years before.

Re-enactors and history enthusiasts were among those who joined battlefield archaeologist Dr Tony Pollard for the trek.

The project was done to show how far the Jacobite forces could have reached, and the challenges they faced from the terrain and night-time conditions.

Dr Pollard said at the time it also shed light on the endurance of the marchers, and the effect on morale when they were ordered to abort the planned attack.

Twelve of the 20 people who took part completed the 10-hour, 24-mile round trip between Culloden and the outskirts of Nairn.