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Cameron, Chemistry and China Clay

On the centenary of Sir Charles A. Cameron's death, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences is celebrating his life, work and tireless campaign to improve the health of the city of Dublin and its people. To mark Cameron's birthday on the 16th of July, we are exploring his connections with Belleek, County Fermanagh and its famous pottery. Castle Caldwell, Photograph taken by Canon W.H. Dundas, circa 1900.  Image courtesy of Fermanagh & Omagh District Council's Museum Service. Castle Caldwell Cameron recounts in his autobiography how he spent several of his Christmas holidays during the 1850s with Mr and Mrs John Caldwell Bloomfield DL at Castle Caldwell on Lough Erne, County Fermanagh. Cameron, an accomplished geologist, while out shooting with his host noticed a white patch of clay, and took a portion of it to the Castle. John Caldwell Bloomfield DL. © Courtesy Belleek official website. "I heated it to redness, and on removing it from the fire and allowing