Camp­bell clans­folk unite at Taynuilt gath­er­ing

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Camp­bells from as far as Canada and New Zealand headed to Taynuilt for a spe­cial fam­ily re­union re­cently.

Around 40 clans­folk, who all share the same great, great, great, great, great grand­fa­ther – Cap­tain John Camp­bell of Duneaves in Glen Lyon and Roro­yare – spent the week­end meet­ing up with lost and found rel­a­tives on a visit to their home coun­try.

The fam­i­lies be­came sheep farm­ers at Glen Noe and In­ver­liever in Glen Etive be­fore em­i­grat­ing to Canada and New Zealand in the early part of the 1900s.

The fam­ily tree go­ing back to the 1700s was com­piled by Mar­garet Camp­bell of Saska­toon, Sask, who vis­ited her homeland over a num­ber of years, stay­ing with her first cousin, the late Mar­garet Har­ris of Taynuilt.

Mrs Har­ris’ three chil­dren joined the vis­it­ing cousins for a walk and sail up Loch Etive fol­lowed by a meal and ceilidh at the Bran­der Lodge on Satur­day night.

The task of help­ing or­gan­ise the re­union was shared with one of Mrs Har­ris’s daugh­ters, Jess Wil­son. Mrs Har­ris, who died in 2014, was born and raised at In­ver­liever Farm. The em­i­grat­ing Camp­bells had gone to Canada be­fore start­ing out again in New Zealand in the 1900s and set­ting down on farms there – many of them are still farm­ers.

Mrs Wil­son said: ‘Our Taynuilt gath­er­ing wasn’t on the same huge scale as the MacIn­tyres from ear­lier this sum­mer, but it was just as spe­cial to us.’

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