Saint-Ford says – “There is nothing like a regular village in the whole island, the houses scattered apart, both on the coast and in the interior”.  Most of the tenants are shepherds or fishermen and each family has a small spot where they grow barley (for whiskey), oats and potatoes.  “Those on the sea coast or by the side of lakes supply themselves with salmon which is dried in the smoak and herring which they sell and sometimes make into oil for their lamps.  Their beverage is pure water and a few glassfuls of whiskey on their festive days.”

I was very pleased when searching for details of Cameron I came across this map www.onescotlandgazetteer.org.uk/index.php?option=com_osgsearch&uprn=125067727.  When I zoomed out a tad I could see Rhone Cottage, where Martin and Marion’s grandson, Colquhoun McFadyen passed away in February 1942.

And then I came across this photo at –

www.geolocation.ws/v/W/File%3AShore%20below%20Cameron%20-%20geograph.org.uk%20-%201723182.jpg/-/en

“Shore below Cameron – there were the tracks of deer crossing the burn to the right” taken by Patrick Mackie on 20 Feb 2010 and reading the License I think I can use it as long as it’s not for financial gain etc. I am forever grateful for generosity of photographers who freely share their wonderful work.

Cameron was also the scene of a tragedy.

Malcolm McFadyen, the first born son, second child of Neil McFayden (1803-1888) and his wife Effy Cameron (1814-1897) was born 24 June 1841 in the Parish of Torosay & Kinlochspelvie.  He is recorded at the home of his parents in the census years – 1851 scholar, 1861 general servant and in 1871, Malcolm age 29 lists his occupation as Fisherman.

On the 6th day of December 1878 at 25 High St, Oban, Malcolm was witness to the marriage of his cousin, 30 year old fisherman, Archibald McIntyre (third child of Mary McFadyen and Peter McIntyre) and Janet McLean.  [1878 McIntyre, Archibald-McLean, Janet (Statutory Marriages 523/00 0019)]

The following year at Oban, on 1st September, the much married Angus McIntyre, Minister of Kinlochspelvie married Malcolm McFadyen, Fisherman of Croggan and Catherine McIntosh, Farm Servant of Garmony.

It was on the night of Thursday 19th or early hours of Friday 20thNovember 1891, on the moors about half a mile from Cameron Farmhouse that Malcolm, a cottar and salmon fisher lost his life.  George Sproat, Procurator Fiscal determined shock and exposure as the cause of death. Eight days later, on the 28th November, Catherine gave birth to a son, named Malcolm, in memory of his father.

Further googling led me to – http://backpackingbongos.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/beinn-na-croise-isle-of-mull/ where the author describes his ascent of the hill near Cameron Farmhouse.  His photography further helps me to understand the terrain in which my (husband’s) ancestors lived and path which Malcolm McFadyen may have taken on the night of the 19th November 1891.

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