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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Donald  CAMERON

Donald CAMERON

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  • Name Donald CAMERON 
    Born
    • We have not been able to confirm the names of Donald's parents, nor the date and actual location of his birth. It was probably near Aviemore around 1743 or 1752. Several possibilities are explored in the research notes "D57 - Donald Cameron & Jean Robertson" at the bottom of this profile.
    Gender Male 
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    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-3145  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2020 

    Father Unknown CAMERON 
    Family ID F-3145  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jean ROBERTSON 
    Children of marriage Comments by Don Gordon in November 2020:
    Donald Cameron and Jane Robertson had at least two daughters - Christ'n and Jane. For Christ'n, this was sourced by John's memoirs. For Jane, it was sourced by the combination of the memoirs and her daughter's death record. We have not found the sisters' OPRs because all OPRs in the parish of Kilmallie prior to 1773 are missing. So we do not have their birthdates and birthplaces (but we assume Achnacarry).
    Although there are no OPRs for these two sisters, there are nine OPR unlikely contenders for their siblings. All have their father as Donald Cameron. Three have the mother Janet Robertson - born in 1762, 1765 & 1768 - all in Blair Athol. Six have the mother Janet (no surname) - in 1763, 1783, 1785, 1790, 1793 & 1796 - all born in Fortingall. Blair Athol is location 155 kms west of Aberdeen and 106 kms east of Achncarry. Fortingall is located 42 kms south of Blair Athol, 175 kms southwest of Aberdeen, and 122 southeast of Achnacarry. Blair Athol and Fortingall are too far from Aberdeen and Achnacarry to be compatible with where Donald and Jane met (Aberdeen) or where they lived in their married life (Achnacarry). We believe that Christ'n was born in 1771, so the births in the late 1760s are compatible with being her siblings, but the births in 1790s are improbable. Unless other corroborative details can be found, none of the nine appear to be part of this family. = DISCOUNTED.
    * Alexander Cameron, son of Donald Cameron & Janet Robertson - 24th Feb 1762 in Blair Athol
    * Margaret Cameron, daughter of Donald Cameron & Janet - 17th July 1763 in Fortingall
    * Marjory Cameron, daughter Donald & Janet Robertson - 29th April 1765 in Blair Athol
    * Grissel Cameron, daughter of Donald & Janet Robertson - 1st July 1768 in Blair Athol
    * Catharine Cameron, daugther of Donald Cameron & Janet - 8th June 1783 in Fortingall
    * Angus Cameron, son of Donald Cameron & Janet - 20th Nov 1785 in Fortingall
    * John Cameron, son of Donald Cameronf & Janet - 5th Dec 1790 in Fortingall
    * Ewen Cameron, son of Donald Cameron & Janet - 7th April 1793 in Fortingall
    * Margaret Cameron, daughter of Donald Cameron & Janet - 15th July 1796 in Fortingall
     
    Children 
    +1. Christian (Christ'n) CAMERON  []
    +2. Jane ('Jean') CAMERON,   b. 1760 or 1769,   d. 1827  (Age 58 years)  []
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2020 15:33:09 
    Family ID F-3063  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    L007 - Cameron chiefs - by Celtic Radio
    L007 - Cameron chiefs - by Celtic Radio
    Background about the Cameron clan: Relevant to the biographies of Donald Cameron (saw miller of Achnacarry) and his wife Jean Robertson, and their daughters Christ'n Cameron & Jane Cameron.

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    D57 - Donald Cameron & Jean Robertson
    D57 - Donald Cameron & Jean 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 9th May 2021)

  • Sources 
    1. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 homepage menu "Small Print", p267 & 236.