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TITLE
Alexander Cameron Memorial Cairn - plaque
EXTERNAL ID
GAIRLOCHM_305
PLACENAME
Tournaig
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
DATE OF IMAGE
9 August 1952
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Gairloch Heritage Museum
ASSET ID
5433
KEYWORDS
monuments
cairns
poets
Alexander Cameron Memorial Cairn - plaque

A photographic close-up, taken on 9 August 1952, of the plaque on the cairn outside Inverewe Gardens, which commemorates the Gaelic poet Alexander Cameron. The Inscription on the plaque reads:

"In Memory of Alexander Cameron, The Tournaig Bard, 1848-1935,

Who lived all his long, useful life on the shores of Loch Ewe, and whose Gaelic poems and songs earned for him a wide and an honoured reputation throughout the north.

Is glòrmhor obair nàduir fèin, a' ghrian ag òradh neòil nan speur, cuan 'na chòmhnard bòidheach, reidh torman sèimh aig sèist nan allt (moladh Thùrnaig)"

The 'Tournaig Bard', as Alexander Cameron was known, was famed not only for his poetry but also for his long crofting experience, which was a strong influence on his poetic works. Born in 1851 at Inverasdale, on the western shores of Loch Ewe, he received the rudiments of education at a Free Church school before coming into the employ of O. H. Mackenzie, Esq. of Inverewe (a brother of the Sir K. Mackenzie of Gairloch), in whose service he remained for 40 years. Mackenzie, took an interest in the young Cameron's development, and sponsored him to resume his education, so that he became proficient in writing in Gaelic and English.

Cameron became a poet of some repute, and several of his poems have appeared in the northern press and he recited a number of his songs before the Gaelic Society of Inverness. His poems were composed around pastoral themes, rather than possessing any strong political or satirical content.


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Alexander Cameron Memorial Cairn - plaque

ROSS: Gairloch

1950s

monuments; cairns; poets

Gairloch Heritage Museum

Gairloch Heritage Museum, Photograph Collection

A photographic close-up, taken on 9 August 1952, of the plaque on the cairn outside Inverewe Gardens, which commemorates the Gaelic poet Alexander Cameron. The Inscription on the plaque reads:<br /> <br /> "In Memory of Alexander Cameron, The Tournaig Bard, 1848-1935,<br /> <br /> Who lived all his long, useful life on the shores of Loch Ewe, and whose Gaelic poems and songs earned for him a wide and an honoured reputation throughout the north.<br /> <br /> Is glòrmhor obair nàduir fèin, a' ghrian ag òradh neòil nan speur, cuan 'na chòmhnard bòidheach, reidh torman sèimh aig sèist nan allt (moladh Thùrnaig)"<br /> <br /> The 'Tournaig Bard', as Alexander Cameron was known, was famed not only for his poetry but also for his long crofting experience, which was a strong influence on his poetic works. Born in 1851 at Inverasdale, on the western shores of Loch Ewe, he received the rudiments of education at a Free Church school before coming into the employ of O. H. Mackenzie, Esq. of Inverewe (a brother of the Sir K. Mackenzie of Gairloch), in whose service he remained for 40 years. Mackenzie, took an interest in the young Cameron's development, and sponsored him to resume his education, so that he became proficient in writing in Gaelic and English.<br /> <br /> Cameron became a poet of some repute, and several of his poems have appeared in the northern press and he recited a number of his songs before the Gaelic Society of Inverness. His poems were composed around pastoral themes, rather than possessing any strong political or satirical content. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: info@gairlochheritagemuseum.org">Gairloch Heritage Museum</a>