Donald Cameron of Lochiel, 27th Chief of the Clan Cameron 2 August 1946 – 20 October 2023

Lochiel at Achnacarry with his dog, Merlin.

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Donald Cameron of Lochiel, 27th Chief of the Clan Cameron and former Lord Lieutenant of Inverness. He had been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis for some years.




Lochiel’s funeral will be at 12 noon on Friday 10th November at St Andrew’s Church, Fort William, followed by burial at Achnacarry. All enquiries to Manson & Macbeath Funeral Directors (01397 701 110). A service of thanksgiving will be held at a later date in London, probably in early 2024.

St Andrew’s Church, Fort William


His son Donald Andrew John CAMERON OF LOCHIEL now succeeds as 28th Chief of Clan Cameron and The Lochiel subject to confirmation by Lord Lyon.

Born August 2, 1946, Donald Angus Cameron was the son of Sir Donald Hamish Cameron (1910-2004) and his wife Margaret Doris Gathorne-Hardy (1913-2006).

He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders (TA) in 1966, and was later a chartered accountant.

He served as president of the Highland Society of London charity 1994-96 and in 1986, was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Inverness-shire, and later served as the Lord Lieutenant of Inverness-shire from 2002 until 2021.

In 2017, he was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. He and his wife, the Lady Cecil Nennella Therese Kerr, OBE, were great friends of the King and Queen, and His Majesty stood sponsor at the christening of Cameron’s daughter, Catherine.

Upon the death of his father on May 26, 2004, he assumed the chiefship of Clan Cameron, becoming the 27th Lochiel.

They had four children, Catherine Mary, the Rt Hon Donald Cameron, MSP, who now succeeds as 28th Chief of the Clan, Lucy Margot Therese, a goddaughter of the Princess Royal, and Emily Frances (born January 18, 1986).

Speaking about his father’s passing this week, Scottish Conservative Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said: “My whole family is devastated by the sudden death of my father last week.

“He was the most courageous and loving of men, who adored his family, friends and the wider community in Lochaber.

“As clan chief and Lord Lieutenant of Inverness, he was at the heart of life in the West Highlands and although he lived with MS for many years, he was always positive and uncomplaining.

“We will miss him greatly but are comforted by the many messages of condolence we have received from people at home and abroad.”

Donald Cameron of Lochiel, 27th Chief of Clan Cameron with son Donald and father Sir Donald Hamish Cameron of Lochiel, 26th Chief of Clan Cameron.

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