William Cameron: Death: BEF APR 1881
Text: Mrs Stuart Terret Jr ( grandau of James Hunter), in letter to Grant Brown August 15 1965.
Title: British census
Text: Manuscript family tree drawn by Colin Cameron, grandfather of Richard Hodgson (drawn abt 1950-1980?)
Note: N37870 Grew up at Beldorney from the age of 5, when his father John Alexr Cameron died in 1849. His mother Sara West Grant, sister of Col Robt Grant of Beldornie, when widowed, went back to her family home with her child.
This would suggest that Alan Cameron still owned Beldornie in 1914:
Soccoth, with Greenloan and Belcherrie, both belong to Mr Grant of Beldorney, in Glass. They have at different times been in the possession of Alexander Duff of Keithmore, founder of the fortunes of the Fife family and of the Gordons. In 1776 Charles Edward Gordon, 11th and last laird of Beldorney, sold the lands and castle of Beldorney, with Belcherrie and Sokach, to Thos. Buchan of Auchmacoy, who in 1792 sold them to Sir William Grant, Master of the Rolls, whose descendant* is now the laird.
(The Cabrach BY JAMES TAYLOR, J.P., OF MILTON OF LESMURDIE, CABRACH. Delivered at Milton of Lesmurdie to the Joint Meeting of Northern Literary and Scientific Societies on the occasion of their Excursion from Banff to Huntly, Glass, Cabrach, and Mortlach, on 27th June 1914.)
[* not strictly a descendant, if they are referring to Alan Cameron?]
The Old Aberdeen Gymnasium was a private school.
1861 Census: 5 Redhaven St, Banff, age 17.
At time of 1871 census he was staying at the Crown Inn, Church Coniston, Lancs. He was ans Assistant Geologist, HM Geological Survey. None of the other guests seem to be geologists.
In 1901 was living at The Limes, Church End, Willesden, with his son Ralph. His wife Lilias was not there for the census.
Lastly lived at “Deveron”, Lyme Regis, Dorset.
Described himself as an "Asst Geologist, HM Geological Survey" in 1881 when he was living in Norwich, and in 1891 when he lived in Bedford. By 1901 when he was living in Willesden, London, he was called himself "HM Geological Surveyor".
He was appointed Assistant Geologist of the British Geological Survey in 1868, and promoted to Geologist in 1893, and retired in 1900.
He would have been doing a lot of geological field mapping. Our library catalogue has 140 entries under his name. The list can be seen at :
The later maps are obviously revisions of maps for which Cameron did some of the original work but the list will give you an idea of the areas that he worked in.
(Andrew L Morrison, Archivist, British Geological Survey. - they have no further info or photos.)
“Son of John Alexander Cameron, solicitor, Banff. Educated at the Gymnasium, Old Aberdeen. Joined the Class as a private student for ... Church End, Willesden, London, NW.
He married, at Banff, 2nd April, 1872, Lilias Ann Kennedy, daughter of James Hunter, late rector of the Banff Academy. ...”
(Some Account of the Last Bajans of King's and Marischal Colleges, MDCCCLIX-LX : and of those who joined their class in the University of Aberdeen during the semi, tertian and magistrand sessions MDCCCLX-LXIII.)
The Gymnasium in Old Aberdeen was a well-known high-class school, founded and conducted by Dr. Anderson, who was as prominent in ecclesiastical as in educational circles.
Dr Anderson started the famous school known as the Gymnasium at Chanonry House, Old Aberdeen in 1848.
“Alan Grant Cameron (1844-1926) (your grandpa’s father) grew up at Beldornie from the age of 5, when his father John Alexr Cameron died in 1849. He (JAC) had married 1838 Sara West Grant, sister of Col Robt Grant of Beldornie, so Sara, widowed, went back to her family home with her child.”
(Jill Cameron note to RH on back of postcard photo of Beldornie.)
PIoneers of the British Geological Survey:
Alan Charles Grant Cameron
Born February 18th 1844
Joined Survey 18th April 1868
Contributed notes to: "Lincoln" Memoir 1888.
Contributed notes to: "York and Hull" Memoir 1888
Memoir: "Northallerton" Memoir 1886.
The Seaport Town of Lyme Regis in Dorset. Anno Domini 774-1912. An account of its geology and its history ...... 1912. by Alan Charles Grant Cameron.
Note: Registration record
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