The Ancient Camerons

There are a number of theories of the origins of Clan Cameron. One of the most colourful is that put forward by Alexander Mackenzie in his "The History of the Camerons" (published 1854). It should be borne in mind that it is no more likely to be strictly factual in all respects than other theories. However it shows the traditional succession of the Cameron chiefs which has been in use for many years. The historical content of the page is factual.

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Glen Loy, Lochaber
Reign
Monarch
Clan Chief
born circa
What was going on at the time?
843-
Kenneth MacAlpine
I Angus
1000
850c The marriage of Kenneth MacAlpine brought about a sort of unity between the Picts and the Scots.
1042-1053
MacBeth
II Gillespick
1045
1053-1093

Malcolm Canmore

 
'Ceann Mor' ('Big Head) arrived on the throne after killing MacBeth.
1093-1100c
Donald Ban
III John Cameron
1085
1100c-1107c
Edgar
 
1107c-1124
Alexander I
 
1124-1153
David I
IV Robert Cameron
1136
1140 Lordship of the Isles established by Somerled - dominant power in west Scotland until 1493.
1153-1165
Malcolm IV
 
1156 Somerled (progenitor of the McDougalls and MacDonalds) defeated the Norse in a great sea battle off the Isle of Islay.
1165-1214
William the Lion
V Sir John de Cameron
1190
1164 Somerled killed in an overwhelming defeat at Renfrew by Walter Fitzalan's Royal army.
1214-1249
Alexander II
VI Sir Robert de Cameron
1230
1249-1286
Alexander III
VII John de Cameron
1255
1263 Battle of Largs - King Haakon of Norway routed, and the Norse gave up almost all Scottish possessions.
1286-1290
Margaret 'Maid of Norway'
VIII John'Ochtery'
1280
1292-1296
John Baliol
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1306-1329
Robert I
IX Allan MacOchtery
1306
1298 William Wallace defeated at Falkirk. - 1305 Wallace executed. - 1314 Battle of Bannockburn. Scots overwhelming victory. - 1319 Beginning of the feud between the Camerons and MacIntoshes.
1329-1371
David II
X Ewen
1370
1333 Battle of Halidon Hill - Scots defeated by Edward III. - 1346 Battle of Neville's Cross, near Durham - Scots again beaten by Edward III and the English longbow.
1371-1390
Robert II 'Stewart'
XI Donald Dubh
1380
Donald Dubh - the first authenticated Chief of Clan Cameron. - 1370 Battle of Invernahaven between the MacIntoshes and Camerons.