The Memoirs of Allan Cameron – Jacobite Agent

Val Smith


In the attics of Achnacarry, hereditary home of the Camerons of Lochiel, are many hidden treasures of Cameron history and one in particular perhaps, deserves to be more widely known and used. It is a copy of the Memoirs of Allan Cameron that he wrote at the king’s instructions ‘to be sent to Rome from time to time as opportunity served.’ They detailed what he had done as the king’s agent in the years 1714-1716. Men like Cameron were essential conduits between fellow conspirators in the days when secret information was not easily sent in any other way but their role is touched on only in passing in most of the general histories2 In these Memoirs we get an account of the work of such historical agents.

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