Name: John Cameron of Lochiel 18th Chief
Given Name: John
Suffix: of Lochiel 18th Chief
Death: 1747 in Newport, Flanders, France
JOHN CAMERON, in 1706, made over the estates to his eldest son Donald. They had previously, in 1696, been assigned
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to himself by his father, Sir Ewen. We had thus Sir Ewen and his son John both living, while the actual proprietor of the estate was Donald XlXth Chief of the Clan, so prominently known in connection with the Rising of 1745, and of whom presently.
It will be remembered that John commanded the clan after Killiecrankie, when his father, Sir Ewen, returned to Lochaber.
For this act a warrant was issued, in 1706, for his apprehension, charging him with treason ; but it does not appear to have been executed, though, no doubt, it was in consequence of this warrant that he, in the same year, transferred the estates to his eldest son.
He had been involved in all the schemes for the restoration of the Stuart dynasty, but his forte seems to have lain more in
the civil than the military groove. He took part, as we have seen, in the Rising of 1715. For this he was attainted and forfeited, after which he left Scotland, and spent the remainder of his life in France ; while his son, Donald, took his place at the head of the clan in Lochaber. His personal attendant, Duncan Cameron, was one of those who accompanied Prince Charles to the Highlands in 1745, to pilot his ship and party to a suitable place of embarkation, which he was well fitted to do, from his accurate knowledge of the West Coast of Scotland. Duncan wrote an account of the voyage, which has been preserved by Bishop Forbes, and printed by Chambers in the Jacobite Memoirs.
The military genius of the family seems to have gone somewhat under a cloud in the person of John, but only to shine
more brilliantly in that of his immediate successor, and others of his descendants. It is even said that his conduct in 1715 gave but little satisfaction to his father or his clan, and that the latter expressed unwillingness again to serve under him. It would, however, in the nature of things, be difficult to satisfy those who had served under such a successful and brilliant leader as Sir Ewen, and this will probably account for any such feeling that may have existed. He married Isabel, daughter of Alexander, sixth, and sister of Sir Duncan Campbell, seventh of Lochnell, with issue
1. Donald, his heir and successor.
2. John of Fassifern, who married Jean, daughter of John Campbell of Achallader, with issue four sons and seven daughters, The eldest son became distinguished as Colonel John Cameron, of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, who fell so gloriously at Quatre Bras, and of whom, at length, under " The Camerons of Fassifern."
3. Alexander, who became a priest, and suffered for his sympathies with the Rising of 1745. He was apprehended in Strathglass, and sent to the hulks on the Thames, where he died shortly after, on board a ship, on her way to Hanover, carrying a batch of Jacobite prisoners. Among them was an old and intimate friend of Alexander Cameron Father John Farquharson, in whose arms he died. He had been removed from his own wretched quarters by order of the Captain of the ship, through the influence of his old companion, in whose arms he breathed his last
4. Dr Archibald, executed at Tyburn in 1753, for his share in the Rising of 1745, at the age of 46 years, and of whom,
with his family and descendants, hereafter.
5. Evan, who died a planter in Jamaica.
6. Miss Peggy.
Two other sons of Lochiel died young.
He died in exile at Newport, in Flanders, in 1747 or early in 1748, at a very advanced age, when he was succeeded as Chief
of the Clan by his eldest son.
[The Celtic Magazine, Volume 9:341]
John Cameron of Lochiel, the son of the famous Sir Ewen, had dwelt in France for thirty years, subsisting partly on a
pension allowed him by the French king, and partly on the income derived from his estates in Scotland. He frequently
visited king James VIII. at St Germains, and was one of the most valued friends and counsellors of that monarch. Although
the titular chief of the clan, he had, as we are aware, vested all authority in his son Donald, who now shared his father's
exile, in company with his brother Dr Archibald Cameron and his uncle Ludovick Cameron of Torcastle. Alan Cameron, the
other brother of the chief, after taking an active share in the preliminary intrigues that led up to the disastrous "Forty-Five," did not live to see the result of his labours. He died in France a short time before the prince departed for Scotland, and was thus spared the reverse of fortune which overtook his family after Culloden.
John Cameron of Lochiel died at Boulogne sometime during the year 1747, and was shortly followed to the grave by his
brave son Donald, whose magnanimity and lovable disposition had earned for him the honourable appellation of the "Gentle" Lochiel. While in command of his regiment, military duty called him to Borgue, where he contracted a severe attack of brain fever, which proved fatal, and he expired on 26th October 1748.
[Loyal Lochaber:314, 317]
Father: Eoghainn Dubh Cameron
Mother: Isabel McLean
- Donald John "Gentle Lochiel" Cameron of Lochiel 19th Chief
- John Cameron of Fassfern
- Alexander Cameron
- Archibald Cameron
- Evan Cameron
- Peggy Cameron
- Title: The Celtic Magazine, Volume 9
Author: Alexander Mackenzie, F.S.A., Scot.
Publication: Inverness: A & W Mackenzie, 1884
Page: p.307, 341
- Title: Loyal Lochaber And Its Associations Historical, Genealogical, And Traditionary
Author: William Drummond-Norie
Publication: Glasgow:Morison Brothers, 52 Renfield Street, 1898
Page: 314, 317