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Papers, chiefly Gaelic, of Duncan Campbell, Inverness (1826-1916).

Identifier: MS.14883

Scope and Contents

This loose collection of papers belonged to Duncan Campbell, who was born at the farm of Kerrumore, Glenlyon, of which his family had been tenants for three generations. He was editor of the ‘Northern Chronicle’, co-editor of the ‘Highland Monthly’, and author of a number of works relating to Highland history, notably the ‘Book of Garth and Fortingall’. (See ‘Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness’, volume 28, page vi).

The papers here described are in many different hands. Numbers 72-73 were probably obtained from the Reverend Alexander MacGregor, Inverness, son of the Reverend Robert MacGregor, Kilmuir, Skye (a native of Deeside). No-born Fortingall (Mrs Wallace). Numbers 83-85 are in the hand of the Reverend James MacLagan, Blair Atholl. Numbers 87-89 were written by Kenneth MacKenzie, Castle Leather, Inverness (subsequently of Fermoy, county Cork), author of “Òrain Ghaidhealach, agus Bearla air an eadar-theangacha”.

The contents are as follows.

(i) Laurence Hendersone and Issobel charters? his spouse legal document, 16 inches wide, by 18 long [in English], endorsed ‘? Laurence Hendersone ? 1634’. (Folios 14-15.)

(ii) Duncan Campbell of Glenlyon and Robert Mudie, writer. Legal document, 11½ inches wide by 12½ long [in English]. Discharge. Edinburgh 19th (?)December 1618 (?). (Folios 16-17.)

(iii) Captain Robert Campbell. Abstract showing payments due by Captain Campbell for subsistence of himself and his company from 22nd April 1696 to 11th August 1696. (A copy made at a later date ?). Double sheet, 7½ inches by 12 inches long, 3 sides inscribed. Endorsed: ‘Abstract Capt. Robert Campbell from 22 April to the 11 August following’. (Folios 18-19.)

(iv) Donnachaidh (?) McCellor. Certificate in his favour signed by Alexander Chisholme of Dunblaine. Dated 21st (?) August 1698. Foolscap sheet. Endorsed: ‘Certificate for Donnachaidh [?] McCellan 1678’. (Folio 20.)

(v) Alexander Campbell of Ardewnacke. Discharge from Sir Patrick Murray of Ochtertyre. Endorsed: ‘Discharge affirmation Sir Patrick Murray to Ardewnacke 1692’. 1 foolscap sheet. (Folio 21.)

(vi) John Campbell of Glenlyon. Bond of relief granted to him by Alexander Robertson ballie in Perth, dated 8th March 1700, Edinburgh. Endorsed: ‘Bond of relief Alexr. Robertsone to The Laird of Glenlyon 1700’. 1 foolscap sheet. (Folio 22.)

(vii) John Campbell of Glenlyon. Acknowledgment of loan of money from ‘Captaine Alexander Campbell of ffonab’ to John Campbell of Glenlyon; Captaine James Menzeis ‘son of the deceast ? Menzeis of That Ilk’, Captain Archibald Menzeis of Culdairs, Duncan Campbell of Duneves and John Campbell eldest son of the latter. Signed at Edinburgh and at Weem, 7th June and 8th November 1703. Endorsed: ‘Bond, John Campbell of Glenlyon & others to Capt. Alexd Campbell of ffonab 1703, Received’(?) Double foolscap sheet, one side inscribed. (Folios 23-24.)

(viii) John Campbell of Glenlyon. Bond made by Donald Mcintyre (Keltnie) and his brother Gilbert to Glenlyon. Signed at Dull, 5th February 1711. Single foolscap sheet. Endorsed: “? Donald and Gilbert Mcintyre To Glenlyon 1711’. (Folio 25.)

(ix) John Campbell of Glenlyon ? Endorsed: ‘Coppie’ (contemporary) “of Ld Breadalbane’s Letter to Lochneil anent Glenlayone 21 March 1711”. Urging Lochneil [not actually named in the letter] not to go to law re bond of 5000 marks granted to him by the Laird of Glenlyon’s father. Single foolscap sheet. (Folio 26.) [1st Earl of Breadalbane – an original letter to Glenlyon; see number 22; 2nd Earl of Breadalbane – Letter to this Glenlyon’s see number 46].

(x) John Campbell of Glenlyon. ‘David Ramsay of Leithene Writter to the signett’ re John Campbell of Glenlyon’s bond and tack of 10 February 1711 to pay to Duncan Campbell of Duneaves 3800 merkes. Signed ‘John Mcfarlane (for the Complainer)’ at Edinburgh, on the 27th (and 28th) May 1711. Blanks left for certain dates and names. Endorsed: ‘Summons Adjudication Ramsay Writter Agst. Campbell 1712’. (2½ sheets, each whole sheet 11¼ inches wide by 14 inches long and the tops of the last sheets pasted on to the ends of the preceding sheets). (Folio 27.)

(xi) John Campbell of Glenlyon. Andrew Barclay Writer in Edinburgh re John Campbell of Glenlyon who, having been ‘orderly denounced rebell and put to the horn’ on the 19th February 1712, for the non-payment of debts, notwithstanding dues ‘dayly haunt frequent and openly repair to the Kirk street mercat and all other publick and Common places… as if he were our free leidge’. (Blanks left for names of witnesses). Warrant to sheriffs and baillies etc (blanks left for place names) to apprehend and seize John Campbell. Signed at Edinburgh, 20th February 1712. Endorsed: ‘Caption Barclay agt Campbell 1712’. 1 sheet, 11 inches wide by 13¼ long. Left-hand margin torn. (Folios 28-29.)

(xii) John Campbell of Glenlyon. Regrat bond regarding the sum of 700 merkes owing by John Campbell to James Campbell of Rannoch, Edinburgh, Mathew McKell advocate; 24 February 1713. [A contemporary copy ?] Endorsed: ‘Regrat Bond Campbell agt Campbell A.D. 1713’. Part of sheet, 12 inches wide by 7 inches long. (Folio 30.)

(xiii) John Campbell of Glenlyon. Receipt given to John Campbell, Laird of Glenlyon, by Alexr. McLauren, Haugh of Kilmorich, for one year’s rent for 1712-1713, witnessed by David Butler, schoolmaster of Kilmorich. Endorsed: ‘Discharge McLauren to the Laird of Glenlyon 1713’. Scrap of paper 6 inches wide by 3½ long. (Folio 31.)

(xvi) John Campbell of Glenlyon. Charge of Horning raised by John McIntyre on behalf of John Campbell of Roro against John Campbell of Glenlyon, in connection with his debt to Duncan McLean, eldest son of Duncan McLean sometime living near Ardtraskert. Endorsed: ‘Charge of Horning for Glenlyon 1721 Bundle 16 No. 21 C’. A scrap of paper 7 inches wide by 5 inches long. (Folio 32.)

(xv) (John) Campbell of Glenlyon. ‘Minutes Campbell of Roro against Campbell of Glenlyon 29 June 1723 Lo Newhall’ (Headline). Endorsed: ‘Minutes Campbell of Roro Agt Campbell of Glenlyon G H G 1723 Lo/Newhall Bundle 16 no. 28 C’. Double sheet 7 inches wide by 11½ long. Two sides inscribed. [A contemporary copy ? See number 16]. (Folios 33-34.) - See also number 64 – the case of the house sold by ‘Campbell McGregor’ [i.e. Rob Roy] to the Laird of Glenlyon. Deposition of witness 1723.

(xvi) [John] Campbell of Glenlyon. “Inventory of papers concerning the process at Glenlyon’s Instance agt. Mclean sent to Glenlyon this 2d Janry. 1725’. [8 items given, including the charge of horning raised by Campbell of Roro on account of debt due to Duncan McLean in 1721; and ‘Coppy minuts of Debate in the suspension Campbell of Roro 1723’]. Endorsed: ‘Inventory of papers in the process at Glenlyon’s Instance agt. Mclean’. Single sheet, 7 inches wide by 11½ inches long. (Folio 35.)

(xvii) Duncan Mclean [Ardtraskert]. Bond re debt owing to Duncan McLean by Donald McLean in Ardtraskert, witnessed at Dull before George Small, notary, 8th February 1705. Endorsed: ‘Bond Donald McLean and his [?] To Duncam McLean and his [?] 1705’. A scrap of paper 5¾ inches wide by 7½ inches long. (Folio 36.)

(xviii) Duncan McLean Ardtraskert. Duncan McLean, eldest son of the deceased. Duncan McLean in Ardtraskert, assignation in favour of his sister Janet McLean. Signed before George Small, notary at Dull, 23 November 1708. Endorsed: ‘Assignatne Dun. McLean to Janet McLean 1708’. Single foolscap sheet. (Folio 37.)

(ix) Duncan McLean in Fortingall. Bond to pay 8 marks scots to Andrew Hendrie, 24 November 1709. Endorsed: ‘Duncan McLean To Andrew Hendry 1709 Bundle 16 No. 22 C’. A scrap of paper 6¾ wide by 3¾ long. (Folio 38.)

(xx) Duncan McLean, son of deceased Duncan McLean, Ardtraskert. Receipt to John Campbell of Glenlyon for 2 years’ rent, signed at Chesthill 27 December 1712 (not witnessed). Endorsed: ‘Discharge Dun: McLean To Glenlyon for two yeirs rent of 300 M 1712’. A scrap of paper 6 inches wide by 7½ long. (Folio 39.)

(xxi) Duncan McLean, servitor to Thomas Smith maltman in Perth – obligation ‘to be comptable to the Laird of Glenlyon the soum of sixteen punds scots in ane bond granted by Alexander [?] Glasier in Dunkeld’, 17th June 1712, at Perth (not witnessed). [Accounts of various payments jotted down on back]. A scrap of paper 4¼ inches by 5¼ long. (Folio 40.)

(xxii) Duncan McLean. ‘Accoumpt Dun: McLean’ – State of accounts between Duncan Mclean and Glenlyon apparently (?), jotted down on the back of an imperative note (perhaps a contemporary copy) from [Lord 1st Earl Breadalbane] desiring the presence of the Laird of Glenlyon at Taymouth on ‘Munday next’, dated 27 December 1712. 8¾ inches by 5¾ long. (Folio 41.) [For the 1st Earl of Breadalbane see also number 9; for the 2nd Earl of Breadalbane see number 46].

(xxiii) Duncan McLean, Chesthill. Accusation by Alexander Robertsone, Ballimet, on account of McLean using ill language etc in the Kirke of ffortingall – McLean judged guilty and fined, 6 November 1712. John Campbell of Glenlyon concerned in this matter. (Colen Kirk, writer in Edinburgh Baille). Endorsed: ‘Diserniture Contra Duncan McLean 1712’. A Ittle corn – single sheet foolscap. (Folio 42.)

(xxiv) Duncan McLean. Headed ‘Accompt of Payments made by the Laird of Glenlyon for Duncan McLean sonne to the deceast Duncan McLean sometime in Ardtraskirt’, signed J Campbell, May 1722. Endorsed: ‘Accompt of payments made by Glenlyon ffob Duncan Mclean – 1722. Bundle 16 no. 22 C’. A scrap of paper 5½ inches wide by 6¼ inches long. (Folio 43.)

(xxv) John Campbell of Glenlyon? Receipt for legal, etc. expenses from Tho: Finlay, 27 July 1719, Edinburgh. Endorsed: ‘Discharged account By ffinlay’. A scrap of paper 7 inches wide by 5¾ long – worn. (Folio 44.)

(xxvi) John Campbell of Glenlyon? Receipt from ‘Alexr. Lindsay Baiker in Perth’. Among the items supplied to ‘The Laird of Glenlyon’ are ‘side cake’, ‘ploum cake’ – 28 December 1726. Endorsed: ‘Glenlyon’s Accott. To Alexr. Lindsay 30: 12:’. A scrap of paper 7 inches wide by 5¾ inches long. (Folio 45.)

(xxvii) John Campbell of Glenlyon? Letter written by Pal Campbell and Colin Campbell to John Campbell Younger of Roro, desiring the latter to deliver forthwith the saw-mill cut stocks and made deals to the Laird of Glenlyon etc. dated 25 May 1722, Monzie. Double sheet, 7 inches wide by 9 inches long. First side only inscribed. (Folios 46-47.)

(xxviii) John Campbell of Glenlyon? A letter ‘To the Laird of Glenlyon’ from his ‘affectionat Broather’ Tho: Moncrieffe concerning the delivery of half a boll of wheat and personal matters. Moncrieffe, 16 August 1726, Foolscap sheet folded over and letter on one half sheet. (Folio 48.)

(xxix) John Campbell of Glenlyon? Receipt from Pat: Lindsay, Perth, for settlement of account for lint seed etc., supplied to the Laird of Glenlyon, Perth, 7 November 1726. Endorsed: ‘Discharged account by Pat. Lindsay’. A scrap of paper 6 inches wide by 6 inches long. (Folio 49.)

(xxx) John Campbell of Glenlyon? Endorsed: ‘Accompt due by the Laird of Glenlyon To The Representatives of Colin Kirk writer to the Signet 1727’. [Part of this was paid by Glenlyon on 3 February 1727 – the remainder payable ‘at Mart. Next’]. A scrap of paper 7¼ inches wide by 7½ long. (Folio 49.)

(xxxi) John Campbell of Glenlyon? Receipted account sent to the ‘laerd of Glen laione’ by Tho. Beveridge dyr in Perth’ 20 December (?) 1727. Endorsed: ‘Discharged account Tho: Beveridge to Glenlyon 1727’. A scrap of paper 7¼ inches wide by 6 long. (Folio 51.)

(xxxii) John Campbell of Glenlyon. Endorsed: ‘(?) of (?) for Glenlyon 1730’. Legal document – hole in middle – Chesthill, George Small, notary, 12th (?) February 1730. Single sheet foolscap. (Folio 52.)

(xxxiii) John Campbell of Glenlyon. Agreement signed between the Duke of Atholl and John Campbell of Glenlyon on September 1731 as to the clearing of the marshes between Easter Drumcharry and the East end of Fortingall – Alex Murray, the Duke’s Baillie (?), writes to Mr John Menzies, son of Captain James Menzies of Comrie, desiring him to give in the writ to the Clerk of the Court to be registered. Dated 13 August 1731, Logierait. Endorsed: ‘Obligatory Letter Mr Alexdr. Murray Bailye – (?) To – (?) John Menzies anent the Duke of Athols agrt. With Glenlyon 1741’ (sic). Single foolscap sheet. (Folio 53.)

(xxxiv) John Campbell of Glenlyon’s brother. A note concerning money paid by Munro Murray and the addressee and signed ‘R.M.’ and dated 21st (?) March 1736; Faintly visible on back ‘(?) Brother to John Campbell Glenlyon’. A scrap of paper 6¼ wide by 4 inches long. (Folio 54.)

(xxxv) John Campbell of Glenlyon’s son David. Contract between ‘Mr James Smyth Chyrurgeon Apothecary in Perth as Master on the one part, and David Campbell Second Lawfull Son to John Campbell of Glenyon as Apprentice on the other Part, with the Advice and Consent of his said father’, the latter having paid Mr Smyth 600 merks scots ‘in name of Apprentice fee’. Perth, 5 July 1738 (Patrick Grame, writer). 12½ inches wide by 16 inches long. Endorsed: ‘Indentures – (blotted) Mr James Smyth and David Campbell and Consent – (?) written 1739’ (? blotted). (Folios 55-56.)

(xxxvi) John Campbell of Glenlyon? Letter to ‘The Laird of Glenlyon’ from Alexdr (?) Robertson of Strowan requesting permission for his tenants at ‘Kingealin’ to pass through Glenlyon’s land with their peats. – 1743. Stroan writes ‘You can be good and nise when your honour pleases, and when you please you can be surly and otherwise. I hope we shall find the smooth side of you, confident we shall never ruffle your temper’…Endorsed: ‘Strowan’s Letter for Liberty of a Passage to his Tennants of Kingalling of a peat Road’. Foolscap sheet doubled – two sides of one half written on. (Folios 57-58.)

(xxxvii) John Campbell of Glenlyon deceased. ‘Articles of the public Roup and Sale of Cowes Horses Sheep and Goats belonging to Jno. Campbell of Glenlyon Eposed by Lady Glenlyon ffaitrix for Glenlyon her Son’. 30 April 1747. Endorsed ‘Roup of Glenlyon’s Cattle and Bills Inclosd 1747 30 April’ [no bills now with this] 5½ inches by 8 long. (Folio 59.)

(xxxviii) ‘Sir Archibald Campbell’. ‘Diploma admitting him to the ‘Order of Beggars’ etc. Parchment 8½ inches wide by 7½ long. Endorsed: ‘Diploma in Honour of Sir Archibald Campbell 24 Decemr 1757’ (Folio 60.)

(xxxix) Letter to the Gentlemen Arbitrators, supporting the claim of Major McPherson in the dispute between him and Lieutenant John Nairn as to the sum to be paid by the latter to the former for a company in the 78th Regiment in 1761. Endorsed: ‘Copie of the Claim Given in By Capt. Archd. Campbell to the Gentlemen Arbitrators’. Double sheet foolscap, 1st sheet written on both sides. (Folios 61-62.)

(xl) Captain Archibald Campbell. Sentence of the Arbitrators as to the payment to be made by Captain John Nairn to Major John Macpherson, late of the 78th Regiment (having regard to the concurred testimony of Captains Archibald and Alexander Campbell), Quebec, 6 April 1762. Endorsed: ‘Copie of the Sentence of the Arbitrators’. Double sheet foolscap, 1st sheet written on both sides. (Folios 63-64.)

(xli) Captain Archibald Campbell. Endorsed: ‘Copie of the Sentence of the Arbitrators’. A second copy of the above, written on a single sheet of foolscap. (Folio 65.)

(xlii) Captain Archibald Campbell. Copy of agreement by the rival candidates to the selection of Captain Archibald Campbell to be ‘Collector of the Supply in the County of Perth at next annual Election’. Exchange Coffee House in Edinburgh, 11 March 1766. Endorsed: ‘Agreement among the Candidates for the Office of Collector of Cess in Perth Shyre’, 11 March 1766’. Double sheet foolscap, one side only written on. (Folios 66-67.)

(xliii) Captain Archibald Campbell, ‘Brother Germain to Glenlyon’. Letter addressed to Archibald Campbell from John McNab, ‘your affect. Cusin’. He is glad to hear of Glenlyon’s safe arrival, in good health. Kinnell, 30 October 1767. Foolscap sheet folded in half, address side torn. (Folios 68-69.)

(xliv) Captain Archibald Campbell, Brother of Colonel John Campbell of Glenlyon. ‘The Petition and Complaint of captain Archibald Campbell of the late 78th Regiment of Foot, brother-german to Colonel John Campbell of Glenlyon’ to the Lords of Council and Session, concerning the Cupar feu. January 31, 1776. 6 printed pages sewn together, 8¼ inches wide by 10¼ long. (Folios 70-72.)

(xlv) Captain Archibald Campbell, Brother of Colonel John Campbell of Glenlyon. (Acting as Factor to his brother, Colonel Campbell). ‘Accompt Charge and Discharge Capt. Archd. Ca (torn) for his Intromissions with his Brothers Estate for (torn) Mart.1767, 1768, 1769, and 1770 inclusive’. Statements of account approved by Colonel John Campbell of Glenlyon, who signs his name at the end. Double sheet foolscap, 3 sides written on, torn at top and bottom corners on right-hand side. (Folios 73-74.)

(xlvi) Colonel John Campbell of Glenlyon. (2nd Earl Breadalbane). Letter from Breadalbane concerning permission granted to his tenants of Kingallon to use a moss belonging to Colonel Campbell. Dated 13th July 1772, Taymouth. Endorsed: ‘Letter Lord Breadalbane 1772’. Double sheet 7½ inches wide by 9 long. (Folios 75-76.) [For the 1st Earl of Breadalbane – see his letter to Colonel Campbell’s father, 1712, number 22, see also number 9].

(xlvii) Archibald Campbell, Collector of the County (Brother of Glenlyon). Letter written by the above, 2 November 1777, from Taymouth (where he had been staying since August), to his brother David Campbell in Jamaica. Acknowledges receipt of 2nd Bill for £300 stg and says that on receipt of 1st Bill he paid ‘Harry Balneaves’ £200, and deposited £100 in bank for John Elizabeth and Ann Campbell of Stirling. Distressed to learn that his earlier letters have miscarried, but this letter will be delivered by ‘a Mr Menzies son to Bolfrackes’ – ‘a fine Cliver young Lade and I owe his Father’s son a Day in harvest, he voted for me to be Collector of the County against Sir Robert Menzies’ friend tho much pressed by him’. ‘Brother John is still the Batchelor’, likewise the writer. Mentions the death of Menzies of ‘Culders’ at Edinburgh, last week. If his posthumous child should not be a son the estate will go to Stewart of Cairnie, as his only living child is a daughter. Stewart is ‘a very Light horseman, that will make it fly’ and is likely to sell if he can. Double sheet foolscap, all 4 sides written on. No address wrapper. (Folios 77-78.)

(xlviii) Archibald Campbell (Brother of Glenlyon – Armaddy). Letter written by him to his brother David Campbell in Jamaica, dated 28 May 1778, Armaddy. Refers again to the money remitted by David Campbell, and repeats what he has said previously as to the distribution of the sum sent. ‘Archy Balneaves’ who received a lieutenancy in General Fraser’s Highlanders through the writer’s influence, has been taken prisoner with Colonel AArchibald Campbell in Boston Bay, but an exchange hoped for. Desire to buy back Glenlyon Estate lands. Writer again speaks of the death of Menzies of Culdares – who has left one daughter, ‘by which the Estate of Glenlyon comes to be Divided betwixt his Daughter and the Heir of Entail; the Daughter’s part being the Lower End of Glenlyon, near the one half must be sold, to pay his, Culdars’s Personal Debt, and as Stewart of Cairnies who succeeds is the last in the Intaille…it is believed he can and will sell what remains. My Brother and I will go all the Length our purse or Credit can go to get the Antient Inheritance again. But it will throw us greatly in Debt to purchase the Daughter’s part of the Estate’. Writer begs his brother to let him know if he should send him eatables from Scotland ‘in these scarce times’ – salmon or herring; or linen or ‘Cource Cloaths for your slaves’. Has been plagued all this year raising men for home and foreign service, ‘God grant a speedy end to those troubles’. Addressed ‘To Doctor David Campbell, at Watermount St John’s near Spanish town Jamaica in favour of Captain Neil Campbell’, Stamped Kingston. Double sheet foolscap, 3 sides written on. Torn near seal. (Folios 79-80.)

(xlix) Captain Archibald Campbell of Armaddy. Heading: ‘Abstract Accompt of the Deceased Captain Archibald Campbell late of Armady’s Executary’. [Among articles ‘not yet Valued’ are: - a horse and mare at Taymouth, 3 pictures of the Earls of Breadalbane, ‘Do. the late Glenlyon and his Father’], June 1780? Single sheet, 9 inches wide by 11½ inches long. (Folio 81.)

(l) Colonel John Campbell. Endorsed: ‘Copy Depositions Defences and Interest In causa Coll. John Campbell’. [in the case of John Robertson etc., a contemporary copy apparently. The depositions were made at Perth, 22 November 1782, and case decided 12 December 1782]. 2 Double and 1 Single foolscap sheets, 8½ sides written on. (Folios 82-86.)

(li) Captain Archibald Campbell, Armaddy. Heading: ‘Inventory of the Debts and Effects belonging to the deceased Capt. Archd. Campbell at Armady under the charge of Mr Archd. Campbell Easdale as Factor. Shewing the original State thereof as at Marts. 1780 and how they have been disposed of by the Factor’. Endorsed: ‘Inventory of Debts and Effects of the late Glenlyon under the Charge of Easdale shewing how they have been disposed of 24 Augt. 1798’. 2 Double sheets 15¼ inches long by 9 wide, sewn together. (Folios 87-90.)

(lii) Miss Ann Stewart, Widow. Claim to inherit estate of Inchgarth. ‘To be heard at the Bar of the House of Lords on the ? Day of ? 1784’. 3 printed sheets, 17 inches long by 10¾ inches wide. (Folios 91-92.)

(liii) Miss Anne Stewart (Inchgarth) and Lieutenant Colonel John Campbell of Glenlyon, deceased. Endorsed: ‘? Bond The Trustees of Lt Col. Jno Campbell To Mrs Ann Stewart 1785’. [The trustees include Dr David Campbell ‘late physician in Jamaica now of Glenlyon, Henry Balneaves of Edradour, David Smyth of Methven, John Campbell of Achalader, John Campbell younger of Achalader, William Campbell of Duneaves and John Campbell writer to the Signet]. 2 double sheets of foolscap sewn together. 6½ sheets written on. (Folios 93-96.)

(liv) David Campbell of Glenlyon. Letter to David Campbell from John Campbell [Writer to the Signet ?], concerning the suit of Miss Menzies of Culdares against her father’s creditors, and the purchase of the estate of Glenlyon by Mr Alex. Menzies, who might not be unwilling to sell these lands. Edinburgh 25 October 1785. 8¾ inches long by 7 wide. A little torn by breaking seal. (Folios 97-98.)

(lv) David Campbell of Glenlyon. Letter to David Campbell from James Campbell, 140 (?) Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, London, concerning the bill for 1000 marks given to the writer’s father by Duneaves in 1766; (the late Colonel Campbell of Glenlyon and Duneaves acted as guardians to the writer and his sister). London, 12 January 1787. 7¾ inches long by 6¼ inches wide. Double sheet, 3 ½ sides written on (Folios 99-100.)

(lvi) The Late Colonel Campbell of Glenlyon. Endorsed: ‘Inventory of Vouchers relative to the Trust funds of the late Col Campbell of Glenlyon left with Mr Campbell Writer to the Signet 17th August 1787’ Edinburgh. Single foolscap sheet. One side written on (Folio 101.)

(lvii) David Campbell of Glenlyon (?). (?) Copy of letter to the ‘Duke of Atholl Lord Lieutenant of the County of Perth with aparall’ 1794, from ‘D.C. Glenlyon House, 9th Octr. 1794’, concerning the appointment of ‘Extraordinary Peace officers’ with batons. Double sheet, 7½ inches long by 6¼ inches wide. A little torn. (Folios 102-103.)

(lviii) David Campbell of Glenlyon. Letter to David Campbell from John MacNabb, Barlavurich, 6th February 1801 re ‘State of debt due by James Cameron’. Double sheet. 9¼ inches long by 7¼ inches wide. Two sides written on. (Folios 104-105.)

(lvix) The Campbells of Ardeonaig. ‘Memorandum by A.S.’ 18 November 1856 [?Dr Archibald Smith, Edinburgh]. Question of descent from Para-dhu-more. Double sheet, 7¼ inches long by 4¼ inches wide. 4 sides written on. (Folios 106-107.)

(lx) The Campbells of Ardeonaig. Endorsed: ‘Traditon respecting the Campbells of Ardeonaig’. Question of descent from Para Dhu More, son of Sir Duncan Campbell who married Lady Margaret Douglas in 1479. Traditional information collected from Peter Campbell [28 April 1855?]. Double sheet, 6¾ inches long by 4¼ inches wide. 3 sides written on. (Folios 108-109.)

(lxi) Glenlyon and Kilmorich in 1620. Printed extracts from Rent Books of that period ? A pamphlet of 15 pages, ‘Rental of the Barony of Glenlyon 1620’, pages 2-12. ‘The Rentall of the Barronie of Kilmorich’, pages 12-15. Pages 8½ inches long by 5½ inches wide. (Folios 110-117.)

(lxii) Endorsed: ‘Confession of Alan Wilson, 1713, attested by Geo Small notar’. Deposition of witness as to a horse in the possession of Donald bane Mcnaughten at Tulliemuline, dated Chesthill 14 March 1713. 7¾ inches long by 6 inches wide. (Folio 118.)

(lxiii) Early cheque or money bill, sent by Jo Cuming, Bordeaux, 18 March 1719, in favour of James Cuming. Scrap of paper 8½ inches wide by 2½ inches long. (Folio 119.)

(lxiv) Rob Roy and the Laird of Glenlyon, 1723. Endorsed: ‘Deposition of witnesses anent Robert Royes Hors’. 25 June 1723. (The horse was alleged to have been stolen from the Laird of Beenston, sold resold, and finally sold by ‘Campbell Mcgreger’ [i.e. Rob Roy] to the Laird of Glenlyon.Double sheet foolscap, 2 sides written on. (Folios 120-121.)

(lxv) Letter from A Murray Macgregor, Dunkeld House, Dunkeld, June 12 1890, to Duncan Campbell, then editor of the ‘Northern Chronicle’, Inverness, commenting on this etc. (Folios 120-121.)

(lxvi) ‘Sketch of the Genealogy of the MacDonalds, drawn up at Ahthorcuill 13th Septr. 1834 by Donald Gregory. For the information of the Revd Alexr. MacGregor’. (A rough genealogical tree?). Large sheet, 16¼ inches long by 13 inches wide. (Folios 125-126.)

(lxvii) ‘The MacNaghtens’, by Steuart Macnaghten. Pamphlet, 8 pages, printed by McWilliams & McRae, Killin (no date). 7 inches long by 4½ inches wide. (Folios 127-132.)

(lxviii) Gille-crist Mac-Nachdan. Reproduction [with figures] of the charter of Alexander III in favour of Gille-crist MacNachdan, 1267 (see pamphlet above, page 4 and note), in Latin. 14¼ inches long by 4½ inches wide. (Folios 127-132.)

(lxix) Manuscript diary of voyage at sea (San Salvadore etc), 3rd May 1822-18 June 1822. ‘from Major Taylor’ (2 pages torn out at end). 6¾ inches long by 4½ inches wide. 30 sides written on. (Folios 134-151.)

(lxx) Old songs for use of soldiers on service ? Printed 1797, sewn together, very dirty and worn. Athole Highlanders (or LXXVII Regiment’s) Triumph General M and Colonel G’s lamentation, pages 2-7; Strephon’s Falsehood, pages 7-8; Cupid’s Mistake, page 8: (A second ‘book’ sewn to former). Title page with woodcut of young woman, ‘The Girl I left behind me, to which are added Charge the Musket. Dawn of Hope. Bonny Marion. The Gee. This is no mine ain house. Entered according to Order 1797’, 8 pages: (A third book sewn on to the others). Title page with woodcut of 2 men quarrelling over jug of liquor – ‘A mason’s Song’. To which are added Johnny Coup. Cupid’s Mistake. Pretty Billy and Smiling Nancy. Entered according to Order 1797’, 8 pages (pages 5-6 gives ‘Cupid’s Pastime’ and not ‘Cupid’s Mistake’). Title page and first sheet only of ‘The Duke of York’s Praise to which are added High Jenny High. The Tempest of War. The Captain of Love. The Cruel Nymph. Entered according to Order 1797’. Woodcut of soldier in uniform, near barracks ? All 6½ inches long by 3¾ inches wide. (Folios 152-165.)

(lxxi) A printed book. Margaret Cameron, ‘Orain Nuadh Ghaidhealach … ris am bheil coimh-cheangailte, Co-Chruinneacha do Shean Oranaibh eile’. Part of a collection of printed Gaelic Songs – no beginning or end, dirty worn and torn, defective (pages 5-66 only). 6 ½ inches long by 4 inches wide. The contents are as follows: 1 – 2 “Moladh do Thearlach Cam’ron Loch-iall Ceann-Cinnidh chloinn Cham’roin; 3 “Cumhadh Dhomhnul Mac-‘pharlin Choillechratha”; 4 “Moladh do Chaptin Dughal Cam’ron, Fear na Sroine ann Lochabar”; 5 “Moladh do Mhic Achaladair”; 6 “Molla do Chaiptin Alastair MacPhearsain”; 7 “Cumhadh airson Clemi Bean Innis-Eoghain”; 8 “Do Chlann Domhnuil Bhrai’-Lani air cumhadh briseadh a Chaptin Domhnulaich”; 9 “Moladh do I. Mac-Ghrigair Tighearna La’raig”; 10 “Oran do Alastair Ban Domnullach Thulaich-crommi”; 11 “Rann do’n Ti cheuda”; 12 “Do DhonnachaMac-Neachduin”; 13 “Fearas-chuideachd mu chaonaig bh’aig Clann Domhnuil”; 14 “Moladh do Iain Mac-an-Abba”; 15 “Moladh do Dhughal Mac-Dhughail Piobfhir ann Aird-mac-maoin”; 16 “Oran do Iain Mac-Cionlaidh”; 17 “Oran Molaidh do Iarla B raid’-Alban”; 18 “Cumhadh do Chloinn Iaian Chaimbeil, air dhoibh falbh dh’ America”; 19 “Moladh Riobhainn Uasail araid”; 20”Oran sir Clag Challasraid”, page 54 is headed “Co-Chruinneach do Shean Orain”, and the first song following is titled [21] ‘Marbh-rann do Tighearna Chinn-Locha Muideart, a rinneadh le Bhan-tighearna fein’; 22 ‘Cumhadh do Chloinn na Ceapaich, Le Iain Domhnullach’; 23 “Oran na Luinneag eadar Oig’ear agus a Leannan”; 24 ‘Luinneag’; 25 ‘Oran do Dhuine uasal araid’ (end of this song missing); On margin, page 26, ‘Isabel MacNaughton her Book written at Kenmore 31st March anno Domini 1787’; page 50, ‘John MacNaughton’; page 51, ‘Donald Campbell’; page 55, ‘Donald Campbell, St Andrews’. (Folio 165 (71).)

(lxxii) “’Siad fir Bhraigh Mhàr fir mo chridhe”, 12 stanzas. ‘Carn-na-Cuimhne’. Composed by a native of Glengarten ‘in Jacobite times’. With English translation by Ewen MacLachlan and comments on this by the Reverend Robert MacGregor, Braemar. Transcribed from MacGregor’s manuscript. 4 folios. 2 double sheets of foolscap, 6 sides giving Gaelic and the English translation facing each other. Critical note by MacGregor on 8th or final page. (Folio 196 (72) (Mackechnie 4).)

(lxxiii) “S’iomadh maise is àileachd”, 2½ stanzas + chorus. Incomplete. Composed by a Trotternish poet, to his ‘friend and benefactor’ Farquhar Graham, innkeeper, Edinbane, Skye. 1 folio, foolscap, [marginal notes by Duncan Campbell]. (Folio 200 (73) (Mackechnie 5).)

(lxxiv) ‘Tha mo dhochansa craiteach’, 42 stanzas. Elegy. 4 folios, 7 inches long by 4¼ inches wide. (Folios 201-204 (74) (Mackechnie 1).)

(lxxv) “Thoir mo bheannachd ‘s mo shoruidh”, 7 stanzas. Love poem. 1 folio, 7¼ inches long by 5 inches wide. (Folio 205 (75) (Mackechnie 6).)

(lxxvi) ‘S graid a bruadar’, 34 stanzas. Love poem. 2 folios, 7 inches long by 4¼ inches wide. Watermarked 1822. (Folios 206-207 (76) (Mackechnie 7).)

(lxxvii) “Air dhomh bhi conch na cūllach”, 3 stanzas. Nature poem. 1 folio, foolscap. Watermarked 1822. (Folio 208 (77) (Mackechnie 2).) (lxxxviii) ) “Mo luaidh no chunnaic mi ‘n diugh”, 10 stanzas. ‘July 1839’. Love poem. 1 folio, 9 inches long by 7¼ wide. (Folio 209 (78) (Mackechnie 8).)

(lxxix) “Mo luaidh no chunnaic mi ‘n diugh”, 10 stanzas. As above. 1 folio, 7¼ inches long by 7 inches wide. Watermarked 1836. (Folio 210 (79) (Mackechnie 9).)

(lxxx) “A h’Sheumais mhic a mhinistear”, 5 stanzas. ‘Am Freagradh’. Satire. 1 folio, 7 inches long by 7 inches wide. Torn, some loss of text. (Folio 211 (80) (Mackechnie 10).)

(lxxxi) ‘An Cuala Sibh mar dheirich don Ceannuichean glasa’, 7 stanzas. Humorous: on a game of cards. (Printed in ‘Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness’, volume 49, page 135). With a note signed by the scribe, Alexander McIntosh, Middletown of Borlem, who had obtained the song and was now forwarding it. With pencil jottings. 1 folio, foolscap. (Folio 212 (81) (Mackechnie 3).)

(lxxxii) ‘Do bheath dhachie dhe na mhachtir’, 8 stanzas. Humorous: a tailor’s misadventures in Edinburgh. 1 folio, 15 inches long by 5½ inches wide. Watermarked 1799. Verso, accounts: payments for meal, etc., Torbreck, 1801-1802. (Folio 213 (82).)

(lxxxiii) ‘Gur neo eibhin an nuaidheachd’, 14 stanzas. ‘Air Mac Cradha Bhaile Chnoic’. Elegy. [Iain Lom]. ‘Le deoin De ni mi Tos’, 16 stanzas. On the battle of Killiecrankie. Cf. Mackenzie, “Òrain Iain Luim”, page 190. 4 folios, 7¾ inches long by 6¼ inches wide. (Folios 214-216 (83) (Mackechnie 11).)

(lxxxiv) Donald Stewart (Domhnall a’Chnoic). “Tha mi ‘n so an trasa”, 9½ stanzas. Part defective, 7 inches long by 5¾ inches wide. Printed in ‘Highland Monthly’, volume 3, page 277. (Folios 218-221 (84) (Mackechnie 18).)

(lxxxv) [Iain Lom]. ‘Ach a Shemuis oig Stuart’, 13 stanzas. Printed in ‘Highland Monthly’, volume 3, page 274; MacDonald of Dalness. ‘Tha mulad orm fein’, 8 stanzas. Printed in ‘Highland Monthly’, volume 2, page 97; Donald, son of Walter Stewart, Innervak. ‘Gle mhochthradh Diadomhnuich’, 12 stanzas. Printed in ‘Highland Monthly’, volume 2, page 285. 8 folios, 7½ inches long by 5¾ inches wide. (Folios 222-229 (85) (Mackechnie 17).)

(lxxxvi) ‘Oh nach tigeadh an aonadh’, 26 quatrains. Initialled ‘AMcL’. On formation of United Free Church, 1900-1902. 4 foolscap sheets, written on one side only. (Folios 230-234 (86) (Mackechnie 12).)

(lxxxvii) “Dan a Baird is ur làmh”, verse preface. The ‘Ochd-Shliosach’, 1. Clann na Morven, 2. Edidh Ghaidheileach, 3. Cogadh na Sith, 4. Cruineacha Cath, 5. Comhraig Cath, 6. Ioman na Ruaig, 7. Clann na Gaidheil a Guailidh, 8. Deoch a’n Dorais. Subscribed ‘Kenneth McKenzie / Fermoy 16 Augt. 1818’. Pencil notes: ‘For Donald McKenzie’; ‘James MacKenzie / 26 Castle St. / Inverness’. 2 folios, foolscap. Cf. number 89. (Folios 235-236 (87) (Mackechnie 13).)

(lxxxviii) Kenneth MacKenzie. ‘O Eirin thuar sinn buaidh na maise’, 6 quatrains. Poem in praise of the Duke of Wellington. In letter from MacKenzie to his brother (Fermoy, 20 August 1818). 1 folio, foolscap. (Folio 237 (88) (Mackechnie 14).)

(lxxxix) Kenneth MacKenzie. ‘Raon na sgriosa, slios na toaibhse’, 1 quatrain ‘The field of Waterloo’. Also in a letter to his Brother Donald (Fermoy, undated), describing number 87. 1 folio, foolscap. (Folio 238 (89).)

(xc) ‘Aoghnas ban’ [Angus Cameron]. ‘Ged a theid mi don leabuidh’, 14 stanzas. ‘Oran Gaol’. Printed in ‘Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness’, volume 49, page 137. Cf. Sinton, ‘The poetry of Badenoch’ (Inverness, 1906), page 66. 2 folios, foolscap, tattered, bearing names ‘William Forbes Erchite’, ‘James Fraser Thu’. (Folios 239-240 (90) (Mackechnie 15).)

(xci) ‘A Thearlich mhich Shmuis leis an d eirich na Gaidhil’, 5 stanzas + chorus. On ’45 and aftermath. 1 folio, 8 inches long by 6½ inches wide. (Folio 241 (91) (Mackechnie 16).)

(xcii) ‘It happens this night, good friends we are met’, 4 stanzas. Drinking song, in English. 1 folio, addressed to Kenneth MacKenzie, Castle Street, Inverness. (Folio 242 (92).)

Note by William Matheson. (Folio 243.)


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The numbering used is that of Miss Campbell, which is added in brackets; John Mackechnie’s is also added for reference.

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Includes a typed catalogue of its contents by Duncan Campbell’s daughter, Miss Muriel Campbell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 1951, from Miss Muriel Campbell, London, daughter of Duncan Campbell.


The manuscript has been previously catalogued in: John Mackechnie, ‘Catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in selected libraries in Great Britain and Ireland’ (Boston, 1973), page 325.

Cameron, Margaret. ‘Orain Nuadh Ghaidhealach … ris am bheil coimh-cheangailte, Co-Chruinneacha do Shean Oranaibh eile’ (Edinburgh, 1785).

Campbell, Duncan. ‘The book of Garth and Fortingall’ (Inverness, 1888).

‘Highland Monthly, a magazine forming a centre of literary brotherhood for Scoto-Celtic people both at home and abroad”: Volume 2 (Edinburgh, 1890-1891). Volume 3 (Edinburgh, 1891-1892).

Mackenzie, Annie. “Òrain Iain Luim: songs of John MacDonald, Bard of Keppoch”, in ‘Scottish Gaelic Texts Society’, volume 8 (Edinburgh, 1964).

Mackenzie, Kenneth. “Òrain Ghaidhealach, agus Bearla air an eadar-theangacha” (Edinburgh, 1872).

Sinton, Thomas. ‘The poetry of Badenoch’ (Inverness, 1906).
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