CAMPBELL, John III (c.1770-1809), of Shawfield and Islay, Argyll.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1807 - 13 Mar. 1809

Family and Education

b. c. 1770, 1st s. of Walter Campbell, advocate, of Shawfield and Islay by 1st w. Eleanora (m.1768), da. of Robert Ker of New Field. m. 21 June 1796,1 Lady Charlotte Susan Maria Campbell, da. of John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll, 2s. 6da.

Offices Held

Ensign, 3 Ft. Gds. 1789, lt. and capt. 1793; left army ?1799; officer, Argyll militia 1802, col. at d.


Campbell, who inherited the whole of the island of Islay from his father, entered Parliament on the interest of his brother-in-law, the 6th Duke of Argyll. As was expected from his connexions, he was in opposition to the Portland ministry2 and, before his death, voted against it on four important divisions: on the address, 26 June 1807; for Whitbread’s motion of 6 July, for a committee on the state of the nation; for Ponsonby’s motion, 3 Feb. 1808, critical of the Copenhagen expedition; and for Calcraft’s amendment to the mutiny bill, 14 Mar. He joined Brooks’s Club, 24 Mar. 1808. At that time the lord advocate admitted that administration could not expect to dislodge Campbell from his seat.3

He died v.p. 13 Mar. 1809. His wife became lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Wales, a belle lettriste and reputed author of the Diary Illustrative of the Times of George IV (1838).4

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: D. G. Henry


  • 1. Scots Peerage ed. Paul, i. 387; Gent. Mag. (1796), ii. 611 gives 14 June.
  • 2. Grey mss, Maxwell to Howick, 11 June [1807].
  • 3. SRO GD51/5/364/15.
  • 4. DNB (Bury, Lady).