Elizabeth Cameron

(Mary Elizabeth Vaughan-Lee)

1915 - 2008

Botanical artist and entrepreneur. Born in Somerset, Cameron was taught to paint by he governess, but received more formal training at the Slade Art School and St. John's Wood Art School in London, painting mainly in oils. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and Royal Scottish Academy in 1939, but the Second World War and family meant her painting was put aside. In 1945, she married Major Allan Cameron, the son of Clan-Chief Sir Donald Cameron of Lochiel.

Inspired by grand Scottish gardens, including her own at Allangrange on the Black Isle, she began to paint flowers in watercolour in 1972. Her work has been recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society and exhibited in London and the USA. Her painting of a Humanity Rose raised millions for the Red Cross and brought her their Badge of Honour for Distinguished Service.

She founded Black Isle Frozen Foods, long before freezing became popular, and the business was eventually sold in the 1970s. She also created boil-in-the-bag porridge which proved particularly popular at Harrods.

Cameron died in Munlochy.

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