Daily Archives: February 27, 2008

Archie Cameron – Born May 25, 1863 “At Barbados”

UPDATED: August 1, 2011

That photo is of my great grandfather. I stumbled upon this article when trying to find the obituary of my grandfather. Archiebald Eugene Hay Cameron. Archie in the photo ended up moving back to England. His son became a Commander in the Royal Navy and his grandson my father a Lt-Col in the Scots Guards. Myself and my sisters are now based in London. One is a fashion photographer and the other is aptly named Julia Margaret Cameron.

Best regards,
Jamie Archie Douglas Cameron

Original BFP article first published February 27, 2008…

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Where Are Archie’s Descendants Now?

Say hello to a cute little Archie Cameron at 2 years, 3 months old in 1865. Archie is long passed away but I stumbled onto his photo on the web the other day and was once again reminded of how one never knows where life will take us. They say that wherever you travel in this world, you will find connections to Barbados and little Archie is just one more proof that the saying is true.

The photo was taken by Archie’s grandmother, Julia Margaret Cameron, who was a rather famous photographer in her time. Some of her famous subjects include Charles Darwin, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, John Everett Millais, William Michael Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Ellen Terry and George Frederic Watts. Her works can be found in collections throughout the world and even today her style is still imitated by many art photographers.

Once again – what a strange world it was that saw little Archie born in Barbados. His grandmother was born Julia Margaret Pattle to English parents in Calcutta, India. She ended up marrying a judge named Charles Hay Cameron and they had a son named Eugene. Eugene and his wife ended up in Barbados where little Archie in the photo was born in 1863.

God willing, where will my grandson be born?

In today’s changing world I wouldn’t be surprised if a grandson of mine ended up being born in China. One never knows what life has in store.

Further Reading

Wikipedia – Julia Margaret Cameron

George Eastman Photography Collection – Home page, Image of Archie Cameron

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