CAMPBELL, Hon. George Pryse (?1792-1858).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press

Constituency

Dates

1820 - 1826
1830 - 1831

Family and Education

b. ?1792, 2nd s. of John Campbell†, 1st Bar. Cawdor (d. 1821), of Cawdor, Nairn and Stackpole Court, Pemb. and Lady Caroline Isabella Howard, da. of Frederick, 5th earl of Carlisle; bro. of Hon. John Frederick Campbell*. m. 13 Oct. 1821, Charlotte Elizabeth, da. of Isaac Gascoyne*, s.p. d. 12 Jan. 1858.

Offices Held

Vol. RN 1803, midshipman 1805, lt. 1811, cdr. 1814, capt. 1821, r. adm. (ret.) 1852.

Groom of bedchamber Feb. 1831-June 1837.

Biography

Campbell entered the navy as a first class volunteer in April 1803, joining the Culloden, the Channel flagship of his uncle, Rear Admiral George Campbell, who nurtured his career. In the Namur he saw action in Strachan’s victory over four French ships that had escaped Trafalgar, 4 Nov. 1805; and as a midshipman in the Seahorse he was involved in the bloody capture of a Turkish vessel, 5 July 1808. He served subsequently in the Downs, off Cadiz and, after being promoted lieutenant in March 1811, on the North American Station, where he distinguished himself in the frigate Belvidera’s escape from a powerful American squadron, 23 June 1812. In April 1814 he joined the Royal Sovereign yacht, which conveyed Louis XVIII to Calais. As a commander he had the Racehorse in the Mediterranean in 1818.1

He was absent on professional duties when he was returned unopposed for Nairnshire on his father Lord Cawdor’s interest at the 1820 general election.2 In January 1821, when Campbell got post rank, his uncle, now commander-in-chief at Portsmouth and a groom of the bedchamber to his friend George IV, shot himself dead in a fit of lunacy.3 Four months later Campbell’s elder brother succeeded their father in the peerage. He followed the family line of acting with the Whig opposition to the Liverpool ministry, though he never joined Brooks’s and, presumably as a result of professional commitments, was only an occasional attender in the 1820 Parliament. He is not known to have spoken in debate.