As a result of the Highland Immigration and Bounty Migrant schemes which brought thousands of Highlanders out to Australia as free settlers in the mid 1800s (many of whom were Camerons), the Australian descendants of these Camerons are very aware that lost in the present population of Scotland are members of a family into which they connect. Sadly this connection is as yet unknown.
These immigration schemes required that only the young, healthy and in most cases Presbyterian of the clan were transported, leaving parents, older siblings and younger members of the family behind. From the shipping lists of these vessels we can locate the names of the parents they left behind and sometimes the trade of the father, but the family location is often given as Lochaber and therefore not of great help.
The descendants of these families who lost kin to Australia would now be, like myself, five generations or more removed from the event. As Australian Camerons we have not lost memory of our family origins, but it seems the memory of family who left for Australia has dimmed in Scotland over the years.
My plea to all of our Scottish Clan is that they do retreat into their family past, discover a distant relative who left during this period and make the contact with Clan Cameron Australia, our Genealogist Dr Robert Cameon has traced so many lines from these early migrations, howver connecting the multitude of Donald/Archbald/Allan Camerons into the correct Parish Registers confounds many of our Clan as they research their Family Ancestry.
Please give this your consideration. Your Scottish family research is so important to all of us outwith Scotland.
Photo: Allan Camerno born Kinlochiel 1811. Died Australia 1888
Father Ewen Cameron Mother Ann Cameron (first son Archibald born Sunart 1797)
Valerie J Cameron Smith
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