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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837




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  • Name Donald CAMERON 
    • We have not been able to confirm the names of Donald Camerons's parents, nor the date and actual location of his birth. We do have names of his wife and children - supplied by John MacLeod who stated his grandmother's grandfather was this Donald Cameron of Achnacarry.
      We have considered that he might have been born around 1743 or 1752. It was probably near Aviemore. Several possibilities are explored in the research notes "D57 - Donald Cameron & Jean Robertson" in the SMALL PRINT directory on the left of the homepage.
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes c1700's  Homepage menu-SMALL PRINT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Extensive,evidence,persuasive narrative in SMALL PRINT MENU on HOME PAGE MENU
    Biography Notes John Macleod stated that "My grandmother's grandfather, Donald Cameron, the miller at Achnacarry was of these Strathspey Camerons, his father being the miller at Aviemore" (p267)
    "It was shortly after the middle of the 18th century that Donald Cameron the Miller at Achnacarry under the Commissioners of the Forfeited Estates brought to Lochaber his young wife Jane Robertson. She belonged to an upper class family in Aberdeenshire. When she was sent to Aberdeen to finish her education, she came to know her future husband who was then in that city learning the trade of a millwright. The young folk took to one another and they made a runaway match" (p236).  [1
    Person ID I-3128  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2022 

    Father Unknown CAMERON 
    Family ID F-3165  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane (Jean) ROBERTSON 
    Married Y  [2
    Children of marriage Comments by Don Gordon in November 2020:
    Donald Cameron and Jane Robertson had at least two daughters (Christ'n & Jane/Jean) and at least two sons (Donald & Charles). There might be other children, but we have no direct evidence of this.  
    +1. Donald CAMERON,   b. 1765 or 1770, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  []
    +2. Jean (Jane) CAMERON,   b. 1760 or 1769,   d. 1827  (Age 58 years)  []
    +3. Christian (Christ'n) CAMERON  []
    +4. Charles CAMERON,   b. 1776,   d. 30 Jul 1862, Bunree Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  []
     5. Unknown CAMERON  []
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2022 22:50:53 
    Family ID F-3063  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Family tree from Jeff McLeod - ID 9091
    Family tree from Jeff McLeod - ID 9091
    Descendants of Donald Cameron & Jane Robertson

    L007 - Cameron chiefs - by Celtic Radio
    L007 - Cameron chiefs - by Celtic Radio
    Background about the Cameron Clan, especially descriptions of the Cameron Chiefs since the 1400s. This is relevant to the biographies of Donald Cameron (saw miller of Achnacarry) and his wife Jane Robertson, and their daughters Christian (Christ'n) Cameron & Jean Cameron.
    (Updated in March 2022)
    L008 - Memoirs of John Macleod
    L008 - Memoirs of John Macleod
    * 'A Boyhood in An Gearasdan [Fort William]: Notes by the Late Principal John MacLeod', by JFM ‘Jeff’ Macleod, in ‘Transactions of Gaelic Society of Inverness’ (TGSI), vol 57, written before 1946, published 1993
    * This includes mentions of Jane Robertson & Donald Cameron - also the MacMillan, Macmaster, Cattanach & Macleod families.
    * See D56 in SMALL PRINT for analysis of these memoirs. This includes a family tree that links all these families.

    D57 - Donald Cameron & Jane Robertson
    D57 - Donald Cameron & Jane Robertson
    Donald and Jean met when they were each training in Aberdeen in the 1760s. He was training as a millwright and she was learning homecrafts. They eloped to Achnacarry where Donald was a saw miller. Jane was from the lowlands, and had to adjust to highland culture and learn Gaelic - she was always considered an outsider.
    Jean and Donald had at least two children - Jane in the 1760s and Christ'n about 1771. Jean taught them needlework and English. Donald's saw mill developed to become a substantial supplier of lumber to distant customers.
    Updated March 2022
    D56 - John Macleod's memoirs & family tree
    D56 - John Macleod's memoirs & family tree
    John was the cousin two times removed of Christina McPhee. His memoirs are a key source for identifying Jane Robertson as the wife of Christina's probable grandfather, Donald Cameron.
    Updated March 2022
    E27 - Achnacarry & Crieff at the eastern end of Loch Arkaig in the 1700s
    E27 - Achnacarry & Crieff at the eastern end of Loch Arkaig in the 1700s
    Background information for the Cameron and McPhee families. This includes events, social structures, economic changes, agricultural transformation, cultural destruction and power struggles between Clan Cameron, the chiefs and the English government.

    D59 - Our families at Loch Arkaig
    D59 - Our families at Loch Arkaig
    Summaries of the biographies of Jane Robertson, Donald Cameron, Christ'n Cameron, John McPhee and Christina McPhee.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs re TGSI - see D56 homepage menu "Small Print", p267 & 236 of Volume 57 Transactions of gaelic society of inverness TGSI. COPIES FROM UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA .

    2. [S-121] Family Search.org -------C & D McLean, http://www.familysearch.org, 9 Sep 2021 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Donald Cameron Husband M Name Donald Cameron Sex Male Spouse's Name Janet Robertson Spouse's Sex Female Marriage Date 29 Mar 1748 Marriage Place Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland Marriage Place (Original) Blair Atholl, Perth, Scotland
      searched with assistance of FS in Warwick staff on their website