The surname of Cameron is of twofold origin, Lowland and Highland. The name of the Camerons of the Lowlands is of territorial origin, from one of three places so called. Cameron near Edinburgh, Cameron in Lennox, and Cameron in Fife. The Highland clan name is derived from the Lowland name. The clan were described as 'Fiercer than fierceness itself ' and are reputed to be one of the ancient clans of Scotland. Early records mention Hugh Cambrun, who was the sheriff of Forfar in 1219. Johannes Cambron was a charter witness in Moray in the year 1233. William Cameroun was granted a safe conduct to travel into England in 1448. Donald 'Gentle' Lochiel Cameron (1695-1748) is a notable member of the name. He was a Scottish Highland chieftan, grandson of Sir Ewan Cameron of Lochiel. His reluctant support of the young Pretender, Charles Edward Stuart in 1745 encouraged other chieftans. Badly wounded at Culloden, he died in exile in France. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
Plant Badge - Oak, Crowberry
War Cry - CHLANNA NAN CON THIGIBH A SO'S GHEIBH SIBH FEOIL
(Sons of the hounds come here and get flesh)
Pipe Music - PIOBAIREACHD DHONUILL DUIBH
Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.
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