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Letter from A. Campbell to Lady Campbell, Barcaldine, 1833

Identifier: Coll-1437

Scope and Contents

The letter is dated Doncaster, 26 January 1833, and addressed to Lady Campbell / Barcaldine / Bonaw / Argyleshire. It was written when the young Alexander was 13-years old, and begins, 'My dear Mamma'. The letter writes of making amends and promises to 'write much oftener than I have done previously'; of the 'nice cake' sent to him; and, of the receipt of a letter from Margaret who had said that 'Mary went to shower baths every other day'. The letter tells of how Christmas and New Year was spent, with the teenager going to 'Mrs MacDougall's on the Saturday before Christmas' and going to the Cathedral on Christmas Day. In York, he 'heard the Russian Horn band and went to the Circus and was very much amused with the horses'. The letter goes on to ask how the pony is and supposes that 'he has not been rode much since I left home'. Locally they 'have had some frost here lately and had a little sliding and a few attempts to skate'.


  • 1833


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Biographical / Historical

Sir Alexander Campbell, 2nd Baronet, was born on 15 June 1819. He married Harriette Augusta Royer Collier on 20 August 1855. Sir Alexander Campbell died on 11 December 1880. He was succeeded by his son, Sir Duncan Alexander Dundas Campbell, 3rd Baronet (1856-1926).

Sir Alexander's parents were Sir Duncan Campbell, 1st Baronet of Barcaldine and Glenure (1786-1842) and Elizabeth Dreghorn Dennistoun who had married on 22 February 1815.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession no: E2013.05.

Related Materials

Also at Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library, is the collection of 'Papers of the Campbell family of Barcaldine', Coll-167.

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Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie 15 January 2013
Letter from Sir Alexander Campbell of Barcaldine (1819-1880), 2nd Baronet, to his mother Lady Campbell of Barcaldine, written Doncaster 26 January 1833
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