Frank Taylor, The Flying Scotsman - Clan Cameron Info


Cameron crest


Motto Aonaibh ri cheille (unite)
Origin of name Gaelic Camshron from cam (wry) and sron (nose)
War Cry Chlanna nan con thigibh a so's gheibh sibh feoil
(Sons of the hounds, come here and get flesh).

Sheaf of five arrows , "proper," tied with a red band, gules, encircled by a belt and buckle. 

Central to the Clan Cameron badge are the five arrows, "united" with one another with a gules ribbon or band. The meaning of the five arrows, which is not found in any contemporary publications, is explained here in the words of Colonel Sir Donald H. Cameron of Lochiel, K.T.

"This crest goes back to pre-1745 as it is engraved on the Gentle Lochiel's pistol, which I have at Achnacarry, and also on a silver snuffbox that belonged to him. As regards the meaning of the five arrows, it definitely refers to the five branches of the clan, and I remember my father at a pre-war clan gathering mentioning this and stating which were the five branches concerned but, unfortunately, I have no record of what he actually said. I have, however, looked up my history again and there are only five branches of any significance which were in existence before 1745, so I am sure these are the ones relating to the five arrows. They are as follows:

1) MacMartins or Camerons of Letterfinlay
2) Camerons of Glen Nevis
3) Camerons of Callart and Lundavra
4) Camerons of Erracht
5) Camerons of Clunes"

Plant badge

Long before clansmen proudly pinned Clan Cameron's badge upon their clothing, a plant badge was worn in battle by the men of Lochiel. During the midst of fighting, a mere glance at the sprig resting in one's hat could indicate his clan affiliation. The men of Clan Cameron called theirs "Righ na Coille", "The King of the Wood"; it was the mighty Oak tree.



'Fiercer than fierceness itself'. That's the Cameron clan, according to tradition. Possibly one of the most ancient Scottish clans, it is said they are descended from a son of the Danish King Camchron.

The ancestry of the Camerons, however, is more likely to be found with their first known chief, Donald Dubh. A descendant of either the MacGillonies or the Cambrun family of Ballegarno in Mediaeval Fife, Donald married an heiress of the MacMartins of Letterfinlay. He was able to create the confederation which became Clan Cameron, with Lochaber their territory.

King James V granted the 'Captain of Clan Cameron' the barony of Lochiel in 1528. Sir Ewen, 17th of Lochiel, built Achnacarry Castle as the home of the Camerons of Lochiel.

Taylor sept

A major sept of Clan Cameron. This surname is derived from the na Tuaighe (Black Tailor of the Axe), the natural son of Ewen Beag Cameron, 14th Chief of Lochiel, known as the greatest warrior of Clan Cameron, wielding his famed Lochaber axe. The Taylors who are affiliated with Clan Cameron as a sept are said to be descended from Donald "Taillear dubh na tuaighe" (Black tailor of the [Lochaber] axe), who lived in the time of Mary Queen of Scots. He was the "natural son" of Ewen Cameron, 14th Chief of Clan Cameron and a daughter of the Chief of Clan MacDougall, out of wedlock. Ewen had Donald nursed by a tailor's wife at Lundavra; thus the name Taylor. After his father's death (Ewen died while a captive of the Chief of the MacDougalls, held prisoner until he agreed to marry the Chief's daughter), Donald would became the greatest warrior that Clan Cameron had even known. Acknowledgement of his parentage by his deceased father not being enough to ascend to the Chiefship, he excelled in the field of battle, usually against the Cameron's principal foes, the Clan Mackintosh and usually with his trusty Lochaber axe. In time he would flee rising Cameron-Mackintosh internal Clan treachery, with a band of loyal followers, to Cowal. The descendants of his followers there were for ages known as Mac an taillear; later as Taylor. A tribute to Donald remains in the Cameron Coat of Arms, where his likeness, along with a Lochaber axe, borders/protects the outer shield.

Taylor tartan The Taylor tartan was designed in 1955 by two outstanding authorities on tartans: Miss Margaret MacDougall, of the Inverness Museum, and Lt.-Col I.B. Cameron Taylor. The double black lines in the tartan are said to represent the Black Tailor and his bar sinister.
See Taylors in Taylor Tartan Kilts!
Source This information was gathered from various Taylor and Cameron sites, including the Clan Cameron Site.
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