From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

Archibald Campbell of Blythswood - 15th May 1818.



In the Council Minute for 11th May, 1818, there is engrossed the copy of a letter from SIR DAVID WEDDERBURN of Balindean (vide page 246) announcing his intention not to offer himself for re election as Member of Parliament for the Perth Burghs; and there is also a transcript of another letter received by PROVOST RIDDOCH from ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL of Blythswood, asking the support of the Council in his candidature for the position which SIR DAVID was about to resign. At the next meeting of Council, on 15th May, 1818, the members resolved to support Mr CAMPBELL, and also passed the following Act:

"The Council, as a mark of their respect for Archibald Campbell, Esqr. of Blythswood, unanimously admit the said Archibald Campbell as a Burgess of Dundee, with all the privileges and immunities, and authorize the Provost and Magistrates to present him with a Burgess Ticket."

ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL of Blythswood was the second son of JAMES DOUGLAS of Mains, Dunbartonshire, who had changed his name to CAMPBELL on succeeding to the estate of Blythswood, in Renfrewshire. He was born in 1763, and, like his elder and younger brothers, entered the army at an early age, and latterly held a commission as Major in the 1st Royals. He became proprietor of Blythswood as heir of his elder brother, LIEUT COLONEL JOHN CAMPBELL,who fell at Martinique in February, 1794; and he represented the Glasgow Burghs in Parliament from 1806 till 1809, and the Elgin Burghs from 1812 till 1818. At the General Election in the latter year he was returned as Member for the Perth Burghs (Dundee, Perth, Forfar, Cupar, and St Andrews), and continued as their representative until the dissolution caused by the death of GEORGE III. in 1820.

In the first Parliament of GEORGE IV. he was again elected as Member for the Glasgow Burghs, which position he held till 1831. He died unmarried in 1838, aged seventy-five, and was succeeded by his kinsman, ARCHIBALD DOUGLAS CAMPBELL, father of another SIR ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL CAMPBELL, Bart., of Blythswood.