Person NameCameron; family; of Fassiefern
ActivitySir Ewen or Evan Cameron, 17th of Lochiel (1629-1719) was descended from John of Ochtery, who distinguished himself in the service of King Robert I and King David. Sir Ewen spent his first seven years as foster-son to Cameron of Latter-Finlay and was then looked after by his uncle. When he was twelve he was placed as a hostage with the Marquis of Argyll to guarantee the good behaviour of the Camerons, and while there he studied at the school at Inverary. He returned to Lochaber when he was 18, and is said to have killed the last wolf in the Highlands. He was knighted in 1681. Sir Ewen was married three times, firstly to Mary, daughter of Sir Donald MacDonald; then to Isabel, daughter of Sir Lachlan MacLean, with whom he had 3 sons and 4 daughters; and lastly to Jean, daughter of Colonel David Barclay of Uric, with whom he had one son and 7 daughters. Sir Ewen's eldest son was Colonel, Sir John Cameron, 18th of Lochiel (d 1748), who married Isabel, daughter of Alexander Campbell of Lochnell. His estates were forfeited for taking part in Mar's rebellion of 1715 and he was exiled to the continent. On Sir Ewen's death, Sir John's eldest son, Donald, succeeded as clan chief. Donald Cameron, 'Gentle Lochiel', 19th of Lochiel (? 1695-1748). He was born at Achnacarrie, Lochiel, Inverness-shire. He married Anne, daughter of Sir James Campbell of Auchinbreck, and they had 3 sons and 4 daughters. He was also a supporter of the Stuarts and was a principal leader at Culloden in 1746. Later that year he and his brother Archibald escaped to France with the Prince. Sir Donald served Prince Charles, who was also Count of Albany, as 'Master of the horse'. His eldest son John (d 1762) succeeded to his regiment, later becoming a captain in the Royal Scots in the French service; his son James (d 1759) was also a captain in the Royal Scots; and his son Charles, who succeeded his father, was the antecedent of the Camerons of Lochiel.Sir John Cameron's 4th son, Archibald (1707-1753), studied medicine in Edinburgh and Paris, returning to practice in Lochaber. He married Jean, daughter of Archibald Cameron of Dungallon and they had 7 children. Following his flight with his brother Donald and the Prince in 1746, he served as physician and captain in his brother's Albany regiment. In 1749 he travelled to England to collect money for the prince's cause and it was while on a similar mission to Scotland in 1753 that he was arrested and then executed. Another of Sir John's sons, Ewen Cameron of Inverscadale and then of Fassiefern, Kilmallie, Argyleshire, married Lucy Campbell of Balwardine, and they had six children. Their son John Cameron of Fassiefern (1771-1815) was educated privately, then at the grammar school in Fort William, and then went to King's College, Aberdeen. Cameron was articled to a writer to the signet until the outbreak of war, when he became an ensign in the 26th Cameronians, 1793. He was given a lieutenancy with the 93rd Foot and then with the 92nd Gordon Highlanders. He became a major in 1801 and a lieutenant-colonel in 1808. Cameron died in action in Brussels in 1815. He was initially buried there but was disinterred and reburied in Kilmallie churchyard. In 1817 his father, Ewen Cameron of Fassiefern, was granted a baronetcy in recognition of his son's military service. Sir Ewen, 1st Bart, died in 1828, and the baronetcy became extinct on the death of Sir Duncan Cameron, 2nd Bart, the younger brother of Lieutenant-colonel John Cameron.
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