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Correspondence and papers, including many manuscripts in Gaelic, journals and yearbooks (with many photographs), albums of watercolour paintings and sketches, and experimental notebooks, of John Francis Campbell of Islay (1821-1885), Gaelic scholar and collector of oral tradition, traveller, scientist, official of the royal household and public servant.

Identifier: Adv.MSS.50.1.1-51.2.7


  • Creation: 1841-1885.

Language of Materials

English; Scottish Gaelic


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Custodial History

The collection was bequeathed to the Advocates’ Library in 1885 by John Francis Campbell of Islay.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

Related Materials

Five additional volumes of travel letters to Campbell’s family, 1859, 1877, 1879-1881, are in the Department of Manuscripts, John Rylands University Library, Manchester.


For the biographical background to Campbell’s life and career see generally ‘Lamplighter and Story-Teller: John Francis Campbell of Islay, 1821-1885’ (Edinburgh: National Library of Scotland, 1985).
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Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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