Name: Alexander Cameron
Suffix: of Milton of Balvenie
Note: From baptism
Baptism: 28 JUN 1793 Mortlach, Banffshire
Occupation: Captain, 95th Regiment
Change Date: 25 OCT 2012
Baptism in register - found by RH at NEAFHS
There is a tune called ?Miss Ann Cameron of Balvenie?. Connected?
In 1798 Alexander Cameron was appointed Captain on the forming of the Balveny company of the volunteers (from half pay of the late Scotch Brigade). In June 1799, he exchanged with Captain Watt, of the Newmill Company.
THE CAMERONS OF SPEYSIDE.
This branch of the clan is descended from a cadet of the Camerons of Glenevis, who left Lochaber in charge of his
infant chief, and settled in Banffshire. The circumstances are detailed, in such an interesting manner, in a letter from Ewen Cameron of Glenevis, in 1785, addressed to Captain Alexander Cameron of Milton of Balvenie, Banffshire, then head of the family, that we shall give it in full. It is as follows :
"Glenevis, 6th September, 1785.
Dear Sir, My cousin, Mr. Cameron, Kinrara, wrote me some time ago he had the pleasure of yours and your
brother's company at his house last July for some days, and that you was so kind as to express a wish of paying a visit to your Duchas at the foot of the Big Hill and seeing your friends in this country. My brother (the bearer of this) goes to see his cousin at Kinrara, and to escort you and your brother to this country ; I flatter myself it may be convenient for you to accompany him here, and that I will have under my roof the descendants of the man who, under God, was the preserver and protector of the second founder of this family. As Mr. Cameron informs me you left Scotland at an early age, possibly you may not know by what means your predecessor came to leave my native land, and settle in the north. I have often heard my father (who certainly knew more of the history of the
Highland families around him, and of his own in particular) speak with warmth and gratitude of your predecessor, and give a detail of the cause which induced him to forsake this country and settle on Spey banks.
I wish I was able to do justice to this history he gave me of this transaction, which, indeed, I must own I can do but
imperfectly. I proceed now to inform you, the family of Gordon claimed the property of the lands of Mamore,
which finding they could not peaceably keep, possession being disputed by a powerful family in this country.
This and other causes induced them to give a charter of the said lands of Mamore to my predecessor, which,
consequently, entailed upon him the enmity of that powerful family, and nearly lost him his paternal
inheritance of Glenevis. In this quarrel, my predecessor and yours frequently bled, and at last were extirpated all
but one child, a son of Glenevis, with whom his then nearest of kin (your predecessor) fled to Gordon Castle,
and put himself under the protection of his superior, where he remained to the age of manhood, when he was, by a fortunate change of times and circumstances, enabled to resume the property of Glenevis, which was also seized
upon, and, by relinquishing his grant of Mamore, to establish peace between said family and Huntly. The lands given up, though at a later period, were divided equally between them, as they continue to be at this day.
Those were the causes that induced your predecessor to forsake Lochaber and settle on Speyside, but he and his
friends here for a long time kept a friendly and close intercourse with each other ; and so did his descendants,
of which there is now no evidence, but tradition ; nor is this at all to be wondered at, when it is considered the
knowledge of letters in those days, and, indeed, long after, fell to the lot of few, for, so late as my great-grandfather, Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel, he could only sign his name.
But my grandfather, who was Baillie of Regality for the Lordship of Lochaber, in his frequent journeys to Gordon
Castle, as my father has told me, cultivated a proper intercourse with your friends, and so did my father at a
later period, the less frequent since the Rebellion, 1745.
Forgive me then to say it would be a shame to me and you to suffer the connection betwixt us to die away. The same blood still flows in our veins, and I should be sorry either of us should degenerate so far from the virtue of our fathers as to allow the friendship that subsisted so long to be lost or forgot by us.
" Indeed it is my earnest wish to improve the good old connection by a personal acquaintance, and I trust you will not disappoint me. An epistolary correspondence is at best a cold substitute ; nor will I be satisfied with it
from you and your brothers. I shall, therefore, flatter myself with the expectation of seeing you here when my
brother returns. Meantime, I entreat you, make my kind respects acceptable to Mrs. Cameron, your mother, and to
your brothers also ; and believe me, very sincerely, dear sir,
Your affectionate friend and cousin,
CAPTAIN ALEXANDER CAMERON of Balvenie, with two of his brothers, in early life served in the Dutch service, in
what was then called, the "Scotch-Dutch Brigade," until the war between Great Britain and Holland broke out, near the end of the last century, when they at once declined to fight against their own country, threw up their
commissions, and returned to Scotland. After a long correspondence with the War Office, and with much difficulty, they obtained commissions of a similar rank in the British army to what they held in the service of the Dutch, and were placed on half-pay.
Captain Cameron, after serving with the 95th, then a kilted regiment, settled in Banffshire, and married Miss Gordon, daughter of Patrick Gordon of Aberlour, with issue (among several others who emigrated, and died abroad, without issue), Patrick Cameron.
Father: William Cameron
Mother: Henrietta Gordon
27 SEP 1787
in Aberlour, Banffshire 2
- Patrick Cameron
- Mary Henrietta Cameron b: 1789
- Text: Manuscript family tree drawn by Colin Cameron, grandfather of Richard Hodgson
(drawn abt 1950-1980?)
- Text: IGI