CAMPBELL, John (1755-1821), of Calder, Nairn; Stackpole Court, Pemb. and Llanvread, Card.
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Family and Education
b. 24 Apr. 1755, 1st s. of Pryse Campbell, and bro. of Alexander Campbell. educ. Eton 1763-7; Clare, Camb. 1772. m. 28 July 1789, Lady Isabella Caroline Howard, da. of Frederick, 5th Earl of Carlisle, 2s. suc. da. 14 Dec. 1768 and gd.-fa. 6 Sept. 1777; cr. Baron Cawdor 21 June 1796.
‘If my grandson sees with my eyes’, wrote old John Campbell, ‘nothing done here [at Stackpole Court] will make him insensible to the natural beauties of Calder, or slight that ancient, honourable and agreeable seat of the family.’1 Brought up in Wales and England, young John knew little of Scotland when at the age of 21, and shortly before his grandfather’s death, he was returned unopposed for Nairnshire.
In Parliament Campbell was a staunch supporter of North who in November 1778 asked him to second the Address.2‘The conduct of America’, said Campbell, ‘made vigorous measures necessary and unavoidable ... however different opinions may have been respecting America, yet respecting France there could be but one opinion.’3 This is the only time he is known to have spoken in the House. In 1777 he helped to raise a regiment of foot in South Wales, the 75th (Prince of Wales’s) Regiment.4
As Nairnshire would not be represented in the next Parliament, Campbell had to find another seat. He thought of contesting Inverness-shire,5 but a better opportunity occurred in May 1780 when Thomas Johnes vacated Cardigan Boroughs and transferred to Radnorshire. Campbell thereupon vacated Nairnshire, and was returned for Cardigan.