Cameron Clan History: There are differences of opinion as to the origin of the Cameron surname. The most popular theory is that it derives from the Gaelic 'cam-shron', which means 'crooked hill' or 'crooked nose,' possibly a reference to the facial features of Donald Dubh, the first recorded chief of the clan. It was Donald Dubh who led the clan under Donald, Lord of the Isles, at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411.
Before this, in 1396, had taken place the Battle of the North Inch in Perth. It is not known for certain that this was a contest between Clan Cameron and Clan Mackintosh, but tradition has it that it was called to settle their differences. Twelve men were selected from each clan to fight each other with sword and targe before Robert III. The outcome was indecisive and the feud between the two clans continued for the following three centuries.
Clan Cameron is a West Highland Scottish clan, with one main branch Lochiel, and numerous cadet branches. The Clan Cameron lands are in Lochaber and within their lands lies Ben Nevis which is the highest mountain in the British Isles. The Chief of the clan is customarily referred to as simply "Lochiel".
Places of Interest: Achnacarry, Spean Bridge. Invernesshire.