Donald Charles Cameron

1781 - 1848

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Awarded the compensation under five awards in British Guiana in conjunction with John Cameron. Identified by David Alston as the Donald Charles Cameron (1781-1848) who returned to Scotland in 1822 and bought Barcaldine in 1842.

  1. Barcaldine in Queensland is named after the Barcaldine in Argyll. Donald Charles Cameron (1814-1872) who named Barcaldine in Queensland was the son of John Cameron, the older brother of the Donald Charles Cameron of this entry, and his wife Isabella Kennedy. Donald Charles Cameron (1814-1872) had moved to Australia from British Guiana in 1852; his son John Cameron (1847-1914) has an entry in the Australian DNB, as does his grandson Sir Donald Charles Cameron (1879-1960). Sir Donald Charles Cameron, colonial Governor, born in 1872, the son of Donald Charles Cameron, 'a sugar planter of Plantation Blankenberg' and Mary Emily nee Brassington, was also certainly connected with the Donald Charles Cameron of this entry, but just how is unclear.

  2. The will of Donald Charles Cameron of [Foxhall] Kirkliston, Linlithgow, West Lothian [and of Barcaldine] proved 08/11/1849. He left his estate in trust to fund an annuity of £200 p.a. to is wife Elizabeth Fraser Mathison over and above the provision under their 1817 marriage settlement, and annuities of £30 p.a. to two sisters and £600 lump sums to two other sisters. He left £10,000 each to his three younger sons at 21, and instructed that a further £10,000 each be invested for two of his daughters, given that he had provided £10,000 to their sister on her marriage with 'Mr Campbell.'

Sources

David Alston, Slaves & Highlanders: Highland Scots in Guyana before Emancipation http://www.spanglefish.slavesandhighlanders.index.asp?pageid=191563

  1. ODNB online, Oliver Furley, 'Cameron, Sir Donald Charles (1872-1948), colonial governor'. Online genealogies give competing identities for Sir Donald Charles Cameron's father, the Donald Charles Cameron who married Mary Emily Brassington c.1868, as (1) born in 1824, died in 1882, the son, possibly illegitimate, of Mary Cameron, the sister of John Cameron (1773-1853) and Donald Charles Cameron (1781-1848); and (2) born in 1838, died in 1893, the son of Donald Charles Cameron (1814-1872), in turn reportedly the son of Donald Camisaine Cameron. As noted above, Donald Charles Cameron (1814-1872) in fact appears to have been the son of John Cameron and nephew of Donald Charles Cameron (d. 1848) of this entry.

  2. PROB 11/2102/200.


Further Information

Absentee?
Transatlantic
Name in compensation records
Donald Charles
Spouse
Elizabeth Rupert Fraser Matheson
Children
John; Allan Gordon; Donald Charles; Patrick Evan
Will
A will but no further details

Associated Claims (5)

£68 8S 0D
Awardee
£2,583 11S 9D
Awardee
£16,335 12S 6D
Awardee
£17,183 1S 2D
Awardee
£10,201 3S 10D
Awardee

Associated Estates (7)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Joint owner
1831 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1818 [EA] - 1819 [LA] → Joint owner
1825 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1831 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1825 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

Local secondary material shows Cameron, Davidson and Barkly buying four estates - Dageraad, Sandvoort, St Jan and Dankbaarheid - from the Berbice Association in November 1818, and then dividing them among themselves. Sandvoort was subdivided by the Camerons into Sandvoort and Lochaber.

1825 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Joint owner

Local secondary material shows Cameron, Davidson and Barkly buying four estates - Dageraad, Sandvoort, St Jan and Dankbaarheid - from the Berbice Association in November 1818, and then dividing them among themselves. Sandvoort was subdivided by the Camerons into Sandvoort and Lochaber.


Legacies Summary

Commercial (3)

Railway Investment
Perth and Inverness [1846426]  
£2500 
Railway Investment
Scottish Grand Junction [1846443]  
£2500 
Railway Investment
 
 

Imperial (1)

Other
Australia: Queensland 
notes →
Uncle of Donald Charles Cameron (1814-1872) who migrated from Berbice to Victoria in 1852 and named Balcardine in Queensland; great-uncle of John Cameron (1847-1914) and great-great-uncle of Sir...

Physical (1)

Estate
Foxhall Lodge [Purchased] 
description →
'Donald Charles Cameron, trustee of the Edinburgh-Linlithgow Turnpike Roads, was proprietor from 1826. He may have been responsible for the building of the stables and estate cottages.' <a...

Relationships (1)

Business partners

Addresses (2)

Barcaldine House, Argyll, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Foxhall , Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Central Scotland, Scotland