Alison visits Oban on a fact-finding mission

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A woman on a mission to retrace her family’s footsteps visited Oban for the first time last week.

Alison Cameron is the great-great-granddaughter of Duncan Cameron senior, who was best known for purchasing The Oban Times in 1882.

Alison arrived in town last Thursday and visited the former Oban Times building on the Esplanade, which is now home to Oban’s War and Peace Museum. However, the building still boasts the original sign.

‘This is my first time in Oban … it only took me 46-years,’ Alison laughed.

When asked how it feels to be standing outside the building, she said: ‘It feels magic. There is something emotional about being in the footsteps of your ancestors. Oban has really preserved all the key buildings.

‘I am on a Cameron fact-finding year. I got in touch with my second cousins and we are piecing all the family history together.’

Alison was keen to delve into the family’s past. After purchasing the paper 1882, Mr Cameron’s son, also called Duncan, was appointed as the editor.

He ran the paper for some time before relinquishing control to his sister Flora in order to join Macniven and Cameron – the family’s stationery business.

Flora was involved in the newspaper until she died in 1958, aged 99, and her nephew Alan Cameron took over.

The Oban Times remained in the Camerons’ ownership until 1976, when Alan sold the company to Johnston Press.

The Oban Times returned to being a family-run newspaper in 1983, when its current owner, Howard Bennett of Wyvex Media, bought it.

Alison’s fact-finding trip was organised by her husband, Jason Suckley, who booked it as a Christmas present.

The couple brought their children, Eva and Jake, on the four-night holiday to Oban.

Alison runs a bookshop and Jason is the CEO of the charity Make a Wish UK.

‘They are loving it,’ Alison said. ‘I have been looking at house prices,’ she laughed.

‘Jake’s middle name is Cameron, so it runs through the family. I love it so much, so I kept my maiden name.’

Jason echoed Alison’s enthusiasm. He said: ‘We have been all over the world and I don’t think I have seen a more beautiful landscape.’

The family, who live in Buckingham – an hour from London, were also keen to get over to Lismore to visit the monument dedicated to Duncan Cameron senior’s son Waverley, who drowned there.