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It is with sadness that we report the passing of Dr Bob Cameron, former Commissioner of Clan Cameron in Australia and creator of the Cameron Genealogies on Thursday 12 May. We owe Bob an enormous debt of gratitude for all that he did for the clan, and we all appreciated his wisdom, knowledge, company and good humour. Bob and wife Bet were primarily responsible for re-establishing a clan organisation in NSW in the 1980s, after the former branch closed in World War II. He will be very much missed.

Dr Bob’s funeral service will be held at 2pm on Thursday 19th May at Vaucluse House, Vaucluse in Sydney.

National Clan Cameron Australia Inc. was well represented at the Australian Celtic Festival recently held at Glen Innes.

We welcomed many Cameron family members to the tent who were keen to learn about our activities and to discuss matters of interest relating to the Clan.

Thanks to Vice-President John Cameron and wife Lynne from Queensland, who set-up the tent on Friday and who were great company for all throughout the weekend.

We welcome Wayne Clarke as a member of National Clan Cameron Australia Inc.

Running over two days there was a great display of Celtic activities as well as a variety of entertainment for all.

The festival was well attended over the two days, with next year’s festival planned for 4-7 May 2023 and will celebrate the Year of Scotland.

Those who may be in a position to help with the tent at Glen Innes are invited to contact VP John Cameron whose contact details can be found on this website.

 

Preparing for the Street Parade

National Clan Cameron Aust Inc members proudly join the Street Parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasurer Christopher Cameron welcomes Wayne Clarke to the Clan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Clan Cameron Commissioner Dr James Cameron and members of National Clan Cameron Aust Inc at the tent

Tossing the caber is a challenge. 65kg for the lads and around 45kg for the lassies.

 

 

 

 

 

Highland Dancing is always a special treat.

 

The Pipes and Drums in action.

President Alistair Cameron performed in the Cantorian Sydney Male Voice Choir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the 21st April 1746, a decision was taken to hold formal celebrations in Glasgow of the victory of William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland; over the “rebel” army at Drummossie Muir (Culloden) on the 16th April.

The c.1,500 Jacobite dead from the battle had mostly been buried in mass grave pits by the 20th, with any valuable items from their corpses stripped and sold in the markets of Inverness; and the retributions across the Highlands had already begun. Innocent civilians who were wearing tartan had already been dragged out into the streets in Inverness and shot along with Jacobites who had escaped the battle into the town and were looking for shelter. Houses had already been set alight in the Great Glen and other areas.

In London, news was beginning to break about the battle. For several weeks, before the news of the harsh reality of the repercussions was to seep southwards, the Duke of Cumberland would be heralded as an heroic saviour of peace and protector against tyranny.

The 25 year old Duke (who, despite latter depictions, was not that unfit at the time, but had received a wound at Dettingen in 1743 which may have helped cause his developing obesity) had done his ‘job’ of protecting his father’s throne against his cousin and, the process of the retributions thereafter were part of his efforts to stamp out any future rebellion against the Hanoverian household.

In Glasgow, this was something people generally wanted to support. The town’s formal celebrations included giving the Duke of Cumberland the Freedom of the Town on this day 276 years ago. This was, of course, a vastly Hanoverian town which was almost ransacked by the Jacobite army as they came through – an episode in which Cameron of Lochiel shot and killed a kinsman who was looting. To this day, when a Cameron of Lochiel enters the city, the town bells are supposed to ring. When did this last occur?

As well as the Freedom of the Town, the Duke of Cumberland was given an honourary degree by the University of Glasgow. This degree still stands and has not been retracted. A debate raged a few years ago as to whether this should be the case. Not, in any way, because the Duke of Cumberland deserved it, but it is a significant indicator to the mix of emotions in Scotland after Culloden and the errors of judgement in the days and weeks after Culloden. It also strongly shows that a large number of Scottish people supported the Duke of Cumberland’s views on Jacobitism.

These are all topics of debate and research that should be remembered and researched, not re-written and erased in some way. It also wasn’t the current staff of Glasgow University who gave the degree, so for them to have to retract it would be a strange way of making them responsible or accountable for something they had no part in. Symbolically it may be wanted by some people; but the symbolism of retracting it should not (and could) detract from the historical fact that it was given. It is on the record and should remain on the record for the reasons mentioned above.

As we must now be aware, what the Duke of Cumberland inflicted at Culloden was not a victory against tyrannous rebels, it was a bloody defeat of an army who opposed his views led on behalf of a rival household.

What is even more important is that the Duke of Cumberland’s orders, both in the immediate and medium-term aftermath, led to a long-term and arguably continuing attack on Gaelic language and culture, from which the Highlands suffered numerous negative impacts. That is what must be remembered most of all on this day.

Ref: highlandhistorian

 

 

 

 

With your help, the S.O.S., Save our Steamship public funding appeal has entered a crucial phase with a final push to raise the outstanding funds required to restore the historic Steamship Sir Walter Scott.

We are delighted to have secured £330,000 of the £500,000 required for the appeal, with donations large and small coming in almost every day.

This success has allowed us to refocus the appeal with a mission to raise the outstanding £170,000 in the next 100 days to get Sir Walter Scott Steamship sailing again later this summer.

The 100-day campaign started last Friday and concludes on Sunday 26th June, when if the remaining funds have been secured, the Trust should be able to reintroduce Steamship Sir Walter Scott sailings on Loch Katrine.

Please help us spread the word for the appeal. Donations can be made via the Save our Steamship appeal website. Click the button below for information.

APPEAL WEBSITE

 

Sir Walter Scott is Loch Katrine’s fourth steamer. Built during 1899 at William Denny & Bros. in Dumbarton, she was dismantled after trials and transported in sections by barge up the River Leven and Loch Lomond to Inversnaid. From there, teams of horses lugged the Steamship up the steep hills to Stronachlachar; there, she was reconstructed and launched into Loch Katrine in 1900.

The original steam plant remains intact, with a pump that draws feedwater from the loch for the boiler. However, in 2008 the Steamship moved from coal power to biodiesel. With a return to operation this year, introducing a new ground-breaking green hydrogen and vegetable oil fuel to replace biodiesel would reduce CO2 emissions by over 90% and contribute to the Steamship Trust’s net-zero ambition.

The historic Steamship is a popular symbol of Loch Katrine that glides quietly through its pure waters when operational. In 1859 the loch became a reservoir supply water to much of West and Central Scotland. Through ingenious Victorian engineering, 23.5 miles of aqueducts and tunnels carried clean water for the first time to the city of Glasgow, transforming the health of its vast population.

Still in operation today, up to 120 million gallons per day can be extracted from the loch through this system, with the famous Tennant’s Lager brewed with water from the loch.

The restoration appeal will not only save a National Maritime Heritage Treasure but bring benefits to a wide range of people as the Steamship can carry 220 passengers and is accessible for all mobility and sensory needs. She also plays a crucial role in supporting the wider Trossachs economy, providing and helping to directly and indirectly sustain many jobs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the most common misconception about the battle of Culloden?

Probably the mistaken story that Charles Edward chose the ground and refused to listen to his advisors. From the multiple reports of those who were there, we know this was not true.

The ground chosen by the Jacobite High Command was at Newlands, about a mile east of Culloden Parks. It was high, relatively flat so the entire battle lines could be aware of what was happening, but had enough incline to support the Highland Charge. Both Lord George Murray’s suggestions of Dalcross Castle and lining up along the River Nairn were rejected by the High Command – the former judged not good ground for the Highland charge, the latter would have allowed Cumberland to march straight past into Inverness. They formed battle lines at Newlands on April 15th and waited for Cumberland to appear. He didn’t.

The idea of the night attack on Cumberland’s camp likely came from Lord George Murray. It was a good one. With inferior numbers and very weak horse compared to the Government forces, a surprise night attack on a camp celebrating the Duke’s birthday made sense. In two columns, they left late so that they would not be seen in the twilight by the Royal Navy ships sitting out in the Moray Firth. The Prince’s column was so near the encampment, they could hear the soldiers talking, when O’Sullivan brought the news that Murray’s column had turned back without consultation or consent by the Prince or the rest of the High Command. With only half of the Jacobite Army under his command, the Prince had no choice but to turn back the long, exhausting route to Culloden House.

They were out of money and out of food. Many of the Jacobites had gone off to try to find food. The Prince had sent to Inverness to try to bargain for it with no money. They had missed two French shipments of money, arms and troops – one captured at Tongue, the other arrived in Aberdeen just after Murray had left the city for Cumberland to occupy. Cluny and Lovat were on their way north, but had not yet arrived. There were no horses to be had, so the Jacobite horse consolidated into a less than effective force.

Contrary to some claims, the desertion rate was not high in the Jacobite army. They had been at their top strength at Falkirk numbering 8000, but had disbursed across the north – taking on actions from the siege of Fort William to Blair Castle. Also contrary to some nasty propaganda still repeated today, Charles Edward did not feast lavishly while his men starved. When the news arrived the morning of April 16th that Cumberland had passed their chosen ground of Newlands and was marching toward them, there were only two choices. Find the best ground and try to stop him from taking Inverness, or run and face certain defeat. The entire High Command agreed that a slim chance of stopping Cumberland was the only the best of two bad choices. If they could hold Inverness and Fort Augustus, even without Fort William, they might hold the line at the Great Glen.

With the Government dragoons and cavalry so strong, the risk to the Jacobites was outflanking on both wings of the battle lines. In order to prevent this, the Jacobite forces lined up between the Culwhiniac and the Culloden Park walls.

Ironically, one of the Government soldiers who wrote about the battle remarked that the Jacobites had taken a strong position on the field.

Sources: Christopher Duffy, Murray Pittock, Frank McLynn, and Tony Pollard.

See Jacobite History

Vice-President John Cameron came across this philanthropic and interesting foundation and I share his findings with you.

  Cameron
Foundation

 

 

Philanthropy is the rational response to wealth

The Cameron Foundation (ABN 94 746 768 251) was established using the proceeds of the sale of Cameron Systems to Orc Software in 2006. Currently the foundation donates around $700,000 each year to a range of charities primarily in the areas of health, education, human rights and disaster relief.

Most donations are made in July which means that we can publish a draft Annual Report at the beginning of the current financial year. It is updated throughout the year if we make any extra donations but it should be substantially complete in July.

The directors are John, Alison, Donald and Caroline Cameron. John co-founded and works full time, pro bono, for Talent Beyond Boundaries – a global response to the current refugee crisis.

Philosophy

We are inspired by the examples of Sidney Myer (Myer Foundation) and Bill and Melinda Gates (Gates Foundation).

Gates’ answers to some tough questions.

They are examples of lives well lived and role models for those fortunate enough to have found substantial material wealth in their lifetime.

The man who dies rich, dies disgraced

– Andrew Carnegie

We have also been inspired by the work of Peter Singer – in particular his book
The Life You Can Save .

Can we really believe that we are living a good life, an ethically decent life if we don’t do anything serious to help reduce poverty around the world

– Peter Singer

Read more at Cameron Foundation