Ramage Family History

Allan MacSorlie Cameron, (11Th Chief Of Glen Nevis)

Male 1712 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name Allan MacSorlie Cameron, (11Th Chief Of Glen Nevis) 
    Suffix (11Th Chief Of Glen Nevis) 
    Born 1712  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I1043  Ramage | Ramage Line
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2012 

    Father John Cameron,   b. Bef 1700,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F383  Group Sheet

    +1. Alexander Cameron, 12th Chief of Glen Nevis,   d. 18 May 1774, Glen Nevis, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2012 
    Family ID F1587  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Unknown Fraser,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Between 1745 and 1746 
    +1. Alexander (12Th Chief Of Glen Nevis) Cameron,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Ann Cameron,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Allan Cameron,   d. 1746, Culloden, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Anagus (Of Downan) Cameron,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Samuel Cameron,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F437  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • From THE CAMERON REFERENCE GUIDE at the Clan Cameron website: The Camerons of Glenevis and of Lochiel were generally "at feud" with each other for countless generations. One theory states that this family was originally not Cameron at all, but MacDonalds who settled there.

      The head of the family kept out of the Rising of 1745 from "prudential motives," though members of the family and most of the followers of Glen Nevis joined the standard of Lochiel on that occasion. Regardless of his personal actions, Alexander Cameron of Glenevis was imprisoned for about one year for the actions of his family. His residence, Glen Nevis House, was burnt in 1746 by a party of men under the command of Captain Caroline Scott, of Guise's Regiment.
    • Allan MACSORLIE-CAMERON of Glennevis 11th of Glen Nevis (MacSorlie). Baillie of Lordship of Lochaber. Only member of this family to have held a title for his lands from the time that his ancestor - Donald, son of Alexander, son of Somerled, was granted a Feu-Charter for Glen Nevis from George, 4th Earl of Huntly, in 1563. In this new charter, dated 1712, Allan is referred to as "the great-great-great-grandson of the said Donald MacAllister McSoirly". Allan was succeeded by his eldest son.
      One of the original 4 branches of Clan Cameron (and therefore not technically a "sept," but included here for clarification) the MacSorlies were one of the earliest tribes of Lochaber. They are said to have originally descended from the same "stock" as the MacDonalds, as their patronymic implies - "Sliochd Shomhairle Ruaidh," "The Race of Somerled the Red." Closely allied to their neighbors the MacMartins, the MacSorlies resided in Glen Nevis.
      By the end of the fifteenth century the MacSorlies came under the leadership of Clan Cameron, although they seemingly didn't adopt the name of Cameron until the early seventeenth century. The MacSorlies/Camerons of Glen Nevis were not the most faithful adherents to the Cameron Chiefs; they were known to be at feud with them on numerous occasions.
    • Medieval times: Most people who lived in and around Ben Nevis were peasant farmers, growing oats on any arable land and keeping black cattle, house cows, goats and sheep for food and hides. The farmers were the tenants of 'tacksmen' who in turn paid rent to the clan chieftains.
      The Nevis area belonged to the MacSorlie branch of the Clan Cameron. If you drive up the glen you will see a large stone known as Clach Shomhairle (Samuel's Stone).
      The ancestral home of the MacSorlies was on a knoll called Dun Dige, just a few yards from Glen Nevis House. Sadly, not much of this wooden fort is left, only the surrounding moat and a very tall conifer!
      In the late 14th century most of the MacSorlie clan were massacred in their beds by Clan Chattan. Fortunately the infant heir, along with a silver spoon heirloom, was rescued by one of the clan and hidden in a cave further up the glen known as Sorlie's Cave. He was taken to the north and raised in safety. On his return to the glen, the silver spoon authenticated his story and he was made Chief of the MacSorlies when he was only 17.
      The remains of the MacSorlie burial ground can be seen at Achnacon in Glen Nevis.
      The snow-covered Nevis area played a vital role in the 1645 attack on Inverlochy by the Marquis of Montrose and Alasdair MacColla (supporters of Charles I). Around 2000 men marched from Loch Ness through the Monadliath, Glen Roy, and Glen Spean (or perhaps Glen Nevis), to arrive at Meall an t'Suidhe at dusk on 1 February. Early the next morning they attacked the 3000 strong Campbell garrison killing 1500 men. Only four of the royalists were said to have died!

  • Sources 
    1. [S87] Greg TOMKINS Family Research.