LITTLE Cameron Macaulay was a
typical six-year-old, always talking about his
mum and family.
He liked to draw pictures of his home too — a
long single-storey, white house standing in a
But it sent shivers down his mum's spine —
because Cameron said it was somewhere they had
never been, 160 miles away from where they
And he said the mother he was talking about
was his "old mum."
Convinced he had lived a previous life
Cameron worried his former family would be
The Glasgow lad said they were on the Isle Of
Mum Norma, 42, said: "Ever since Cameron
could speak he's come up with tales of a
childhood on Barra.
"He spoke about his former parents, how his
dad died, and his brothers and sisters.
"Eventually we just had to take him there to
see what we could find.
"It was an astonishing experience."
Cameron's journey to find his previous life
is now the subject of a spooky TV
Norma said: "His dad and I are no longer
together but neither of our families have ever
been to the island.
"At first we just put his stories down to a
vivid imagination." Then life took a more
sinister turn as Cameron started to become
distressed at being away from his Barra
Norma said: "It was awful and went on for
"When he started nursery his teacher asked to
see me and told me all the things Cameron was
saying about Barra. He missed his mummy and his
brothers and sisters there.
"He missed playing in rockpools on the beach
beside his house.
"And he complained that in our house there
was only one toilet, whereas in Barra, they had
"He used to cry for his mummy. He said she'd
be missing him and he wanted to let his family
in Barra know he was all right.
"It was very distressing. He was
view ... Isle of Barra which Cameron said was
"He wouldn't stop talking about Barra, where
they went, what they did and how he watched the
planes landing on the beach from his bedroom
"He even said his dad was called Shane
Robertson, who had died because ‘he didn't look
"I assume he means knocked over by a car but
he never says that.
"One day his nursery teacher told me a film
company were looking for people who believed
they had lived before.
"She suggested I contact them about Cameron.
My family were horrified. There was a lot of
opposition to it. I'm a single parent so it was
me and Cameron's brother Martin, who is only a
year older than him, who were being badly
affected by this.
"Cameron wouldn't stop begging me to take him
to Barra. It was constant.
"I contacted the film company and they
followed Cameron's journey to Barra.
"We had child psychologist Dr Jim Tucker,
from Virginia, with us.
"He specialises in reincarnation and has
researched other children like Cameron.
"When Cameron was told we were going to Barra
he was jumping all over the place with
excitement." The family flew from Glasgow last
February and landed on Cockleshell Bay an hour
Norma said: "He asked me if his face was
shiny, because he was so happy.
and Norma ... he says 'if you die you come back
"When we got to the island and DID
land on a beach, just as Cameron had described,
he turned to Martin and me and said, ‘Now do you
He got off the plane, threw his arms in the
air and yelled ‘I'm back.'
"He talked about his Barra mum, telling me
she had brown hair down to her waist before
she'd had it cut.
"He said I'd like her and she'd like me. He
was anxious for us to meet.
"He also talked about a ‘big book' he used to
read, and God and Jesus.
"We're not a religious family but his Barra
The Macaulays booked into a hotel and began
their search for clues to Cameron's past. Norma
said: "We contacted the Heritage Centre and
asked if they'd heard of a Robertson family who
lived in a white house overlooking a bay.
"They hadn't. Cameron was very disappointed.
We drove around the island but he didn't see the
"Then we realised that if he saw planes land
on the beach from his bedroom window, we were
driving the wrong way."
Next the family received a call from their
hotel to confirm that a family called Robertson
once had a white house on the bay.
Norma explains: "We didn't tell Cameron
anything. We just drove towards where we were
told the house was and waited to see what would
"He recognised it immediately and was
"But as we walked to the door all the colour
drained from Cameron's face and he became very
"I think he thought it would be exactly the
same as he remembered it, that his Barra mum
would be waiting for him inside. He looked sad.
There was no one there. The previous owner had
died but a keyholder let us in.
"There were lots of nooks and crannies and
Cameron knew every bit of the house — including
the THREE toilets and the beach view from
his bedroom window. In the garden, he took us to
the ‘secret entrance' he'd been talking about
Researchers also managed to track down one of
the Robertson family who had owned the
Norma said: "We visited them at their new
address in Stirling, but couldn't find anything
about a Shane Robertson.
"Cameron was eager to see old family
photographs in case he found his dad or himself
"He'd always talked about a big black car and
a black and white dog.
"The car and the dog were in the
Since the family returned to their home in
Clydebank, Glasgow, Cameron has been much
Norma said: "Going to Barra was the best
thing we could have done.
"It's put Cameron's mind at ease. He no
longer talks about Barra with such longing.
"Now he knows we no longer think he was
making things up.
"We didn't get all the answers we were
looking for — and, apparently, past life
memories fade as the person gets older.
"Cameron has never spoken about dying to me.
But he told his pal not to worry about dying,
because you just come back again.
"When I asked him how he ended up with me, he
tells me he ‘fell through and went into my
"And when I ask him what his name was before,
he says, ‘It's Cameron. It's still me.'
"I don't think we'll ever get all the
The Boy Who Lived Before is on Five on
Monday, September 18, at