Great. I will continue to search this. I had not heard of that famine either and it might be a translation thing. My friend in Scotland that dug this out is a youngster that just finished law school but pretty sharpe. It was not in Gaelic but very hard to read.
Ochiltree/Campbell. This too is a mystery. I have been to several "games" and Scotish stores in this country and often found Ochiltree listed as a sept of Clan Campbell. However when in Scotland I could never find this as a fact. Ochiltrees just don't seem to get mentioned at all.
One thing for sure. The Campbells were a powerful clan while the Ochiltrees seemed to have been a very unimportant lowland family for the most part. One theory was perhaps some Ochiltrees did a service at one time for the Campbells and came under their protection as a reward.
Then you have the Highland/Lowland barrier. Of course there was some intermarriage but when you have a name like Campbell that is probably the 3rd most common name in Scotland that is bound to happen. Marrying a Smith does not make you a Smith.
Having said this I am not even 100% sure I am an Ochiltree. It is an assumption that Ogletree is a variant but really unproven. I believe it but cannot prove it yet.
Will continue to look for other Campbells mixed up with my Ochiltrees.
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