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Farquhard Campbell (Ormsary)

Farquhard Campbell [c1760-1829] was the son of William Campbell of Ormsary in Argyll. He was for some time in Demerara, leaving the colony about March 1816 [Demerary & Essequebo Gazette 23 March 1816] and in April 1817 marrying Penuel Jane Baillie, the daughter of Lord Polkemmet [GROS 685/01 0540 0225]. The couple had two children, William Alexander [1818-67] and Farquhar [1819-82], who bought the island of Rum in 1870.

Farquhard Campbell also had three 'natural' (illegitimate) children - Mary, who married in Bristol; Farquhard junior, who was in Demerara in 1827; and a 'coloured natural son' James who, in 1827, was at school in Strathaven (Lanarkshire). [From Farquhard Campbell's will SC70/1/43]

At his death in 1829 Farquhard Campbell was the owner of 'Plantation Melville and Ormsary and Strath Campbell' in Demerara, and his estate in Britain was valued at £23,888, most of which was held on account with John Campbell snr & Co of Glasgow. At emancipation his estate received compensation of £10725 19s 5d for 197 slaves.