Son of Donald Cameron of Lochiel (1697-1748) and Anne Campbell (d. 1761).1 He was brought up in France, due to his family's history of Jacobite sympathies, and served for some years as a Captain in the French service.2 He unsuccessfully attempted to have the estates of Lochiel restored to the family.
- 1. Donald Cameron (1695-1748) was the son of John Cameron (d. 1748), and fought, with the young pretender, at Culloden in 1745 where he was wounded. He was known as The Gentle Lochiel. John's mother, Anne Campbell, was the daughter of James Campbell, 5th Bt. of Auchinbreck, and Janet Macleod.
- 2. http://www.clan-cameron.org.au/getperson.php?personID=I26106&tree=cameron1
It is unclear how well Boswell knew John Cameron, but he was obviously quite affected by his death in 1762. He wrote in his journal, on November 11, 1762, that "Poor Mr. Cameron of Lochiel, a genteel, pretty, worthy young man, was just dead, which affected me much, and made me join reflection with my mirth".