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Farquhard Campbell (Ormsary)

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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]

Farquhard's niece, Helen Colquhoun Campbell, married the Demerara plantaion owner William Fraser in 1837 and lived in Demerara for a number of years.

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 £10,725 19s 5d for 197 slaves.


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