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    Scottish involvement in the Texas History - John Cameron's Grant

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    A friend of mine and local printer was looking over early (pre Civil War) maps of Texas. He brought to my attention something that blew my mind - The part of Texas in which I live was once known as John Cameron's Grant...and my name is John Cameron. What blew my mind is I've lived in Texas for over 20 years and had never heard of this slice of state history.

    The short story is : John Cameron, early settler and soldier, was a native of Scotland. On May 21, 1827, the Mexican government granted him an empresario contract to introduce 100 families on the Colorado River in Texas.

    The more detailed history is at this link
    https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fca26

    Does anyone here know of John Cameron or other Scotsman playing a role in Texas history?

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    Sound like you belong there.
    Let's not forget the 1st Empresario of Texas though. Stephen F. Austin was of Scottish decent from Clan Keith.
    There was a Scot named Cameron in my area too. He bought up the land around the Brazos and started a lumber company.
    Later the 'un-timbered' property was donated to the City of Waco and is now the very popular Cameron Park.

    Looking at your map, it looks like John had two grants.
    B.D. Marshall
    Texas Convener for Clan Keith

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    Texas Scots

    The Scots played an outsized role in Texas history, but were later overshadowed by other immigrant groups who came in larger numbers (Germans, Czechs, Poles, etc.).

    Much of the first wave of Anglo settlement in Texas was composed of Scots/Scots-Irish. Read T.R. Fehrenbach's excellent history Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans to learn more about their role.

    You can read the remarks of Andrew Morrison, delivered at the Tartan Day commemoration at the Alamo some years ago in the link below.

    http://www.xmarksthescot.com/forum/f...p-photo-73207/

    As a Cameron, you'll appreciate the story of Ewan Cameron, for whom the city and county of Cameron are named:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewen_Cameron_(soldier)

    The Scots have been VERY influential in Texas.

    Cheers,

    SM
    Shaun Maxwell
    Vice President & Texas Commissioner
    Clan Maxwell Society

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdkilted View Post
    Sound like you belong there.

    Looking at your map, it looks like John had two grants.
    If I'm eyeballing it right... it would be in the Big Country, generally west of Abilene

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    Another Cameron, Evan Dhu, came to Texas from Trinity (now Duke) Univ, called to the ministry. He would then go north to Oklahoma Territory to set up and pastor churches and get involved in public education, eventually becoming Oklahoma's first Superintendent of Schools.

    Cameron University in Lawton is named for him

    http://www.cameron.edu/info/edcameron.html

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