Alexander James Henry Campbell, 19th Captain of Dunstaffnage

Alexander James Henry Campbell, 19th Captain of Dunstaffnage

Male 1846 - 1908  (62 years)

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  • Name Alexander James Henry Campbell 
    Suffix 19th Captain of Dunstaffnage 
    Born 1 Jan 1846  Kamptee, Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Mar 1908  Dunstaffnage House, Taynuilt, Oban Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I83  Fassifern Direct
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2010 

    Family Jane Campbell,   b. 20 Oct 1860, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1922, Dunstaffnage House, Kilmore and Kilbride, Argyll, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
     1. Angus John Campbell,   b. 20 Nov 1888, Kilmore & Kilbride, Argyll, SCOTLAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1958  (Age 69 years)
    +2. Neil Alexander Campbell,   b. 20 Jun 1890, Kilmore & Kilbride, Argyll, SCOTLAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1911  (Age 21 years)
    +3. Christina Elizabeth Annabella Campbell,   b. Abt 1895, Kilbride, Argyl, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1953  (Age ~ 58 years)
    +4. Mary Margaret Campbell,   b. Abt 1898, Kilbride, Kilmore, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1946  (Age ~ 48 years)
    Last Modified 14 Jul 2010 
    Family ID F29  Group Sheet

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      We regret to announce the death of Alexander James Henry Campbell of Dunstaffnage House, Connel on Monday morning. The immediate cause of death was cerebral haemorrhage. Dunstaffnage was engaged in transacting public business so recently as Friday last, when, in addition to taking part in committee work connected with the Lorn District Committee of the County Council, he acted as chairman at the public meeting of the District Council.
      Although to the general public, the sudden death of Dunstaffnage came as a great shock, his demise was long and daily expected by his family and immediate personal friends. In October 1896 his head was seriously injured in a carriage accident and since that time he was a great sufferer from cerebral inflammation, and on many occasions it was only his indomitable pluck which carried him through his public engagements. Three things contributed to the prolongation of Dunstaffnage's life. These were his fine constitution, the skill of his medical advisors notably Dr Kenneth Campbell, Oban whose attentions were unremitting and the devotion of his wife whose constant care and watchfulness helped to brace him up for the performance of his various public duties.
      Dunstaffnage was born on 1«sup»st«/sup» January 1846. He was the eldest son of Major John Alexander Campbell of Inistore, 7«sup»th«/sup» Madras Cavalry, a nephew of the 15«sup»th«/sup» Captain of Dunstaffnage by his wife Anabella, the daughter of James Robertson, a cadet of the house of Struan. The late Captain's grandfather was the last of the family to be born in Dunstaffnage Castle.
      Dunstaffnage succeeded his cousin Sir Donald, the 18«sup»th«/sup» Captain, in 1879. His education began in Edinburgh, and on joining his parents in India, he attended a school conducted by Rev Ugloe Pope at Ootacamund. He was back again in Scotland as a young man, and after studying engineering in Ross-shire , he went out to Australia, where he remained for 14 years, acquiring a thorough knowledge of sheep farming.
      Dunstaffnage returned to Scotland in 1879 on the death of Sir Donald, the 18«sup»th«/sup» Captain and took over the estate.
      For the rest of his life Dunstaffnage devoted himself wholeheartedly to public work. In addition to his work as a member of Argyll County Council and of the Standing Committee of the County Council, he acted as Chairman of the Public Health Committee of the Lorn District Committee and as Chairman of the income Tax Commissioners for the Lorn District. But that did not by any means exhaust his activities in the public service. He took a keen interest in Parish Council and School Board work, being Chairman of the School Board and Parish Council of Kilmore and Kilbride; while he was a member of the Lorn Combination Poorhouse Committee.
      Dunstaffnage was also Justice of the Peace and a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Argyll. He was a figure year by year at the Argyllshire gathering, of which he was one of the stewards and he was likewise a steward of the Royal Highland Yacht Club.
      His removal creates a blank in the public life of the county which it will indeed be difficult to fill. On all the bodies on which he served, he was recognised as an expert, an authority on local government in its varied aspects, an acute and impartial judge in delicate and intricate questions. His colleagues trusted in his conclusions and relied greatly upon his guidance, and where difference of opinion prevailed, his fair-mindedness and impartiality were always apparent.
      Dunstaffnage was at one time a keen sportsman but in recent years he devoted more attention to farming. He also took a great deal of interest in genealogical studies.
      Dunstaffnage in 1888 married Jane third daughter of the late Campbell of Monzie. He leaves a widow, two sons and two daughters and he is succeeded in the title and family estates by his eldest son, Angus, younger of Dunstaffnage.
      Very deep sympathy is extended to Mrs Campbell and family at their loss.
      The family of Dunstaffnage is descended from Dugald, first Captain of Dunstaffnage, and a younger son of Sir Colin "Iongantach" Knight of Lochow who flourished about 1430. Dunstaffnage Castle was captured by King Robert the Bruce and the King placed it in the charge of the Lochow family. The castle was in possession of the Lochow family for four generations and then it was handed over to Dugald the first Captain of Dunstaffnage. The Duke of Argyll is Keeper of the Castle of Dunstaffnage.
      The funeral which takes place tomorrow (Friday) to Dunstaffnage Castle will be of a public character.



      At the monthly meeting of the Oban Town Council on Monday night, Provost McIsaac said, before the ordinary business of the meeting proceeded, it was his sad duty to refer to the sudden death of one who within the last 25or 30 years been perhaps the most prominent public man in the District of Lorn if not North Argyll - he referred to Dunstaffnage the 19«sup»th«/sup» hereditary Captain of Dunstaffnage Castle. Dunstaffnage had been, almost since its inception, the leading spirit in the Parish Council of which he had been the chairman for a good number of years. He (the Provost) had the honour of being vice-chairman for 11 years and his office had been practically a sinecure, as Dunstaffnage took a very keen interest in the work and was seldom absent from a meeting. In public life his outlook on things was clear, and he was the personification of fairness in everything that he did. The Town Council had on many occasions to transact business with him and in every case the Corporation found in Dunstaffnage a gentleman who showed a keen desire to meet their views in every possible way. He moved that the Council record an expression of regret at Dunstaffnage's death and that their sympathy go out to his widow and family.
      Bailie Mac Lachlan seconded Dunstaffnage he said would be greatly missed and it would be very difficult to get one to fill his place in public affairs. The motion was adopted unanimously and it was agreed to send an excerpt of the minute to the widow and family. The Council also resolved to attend the funeral tomorrow (Friday) in their corporate capacity.


      The monthly meeting of the Parish Council of Kilmore and Kilbride was held in the Council Offices Oban on Wednesday when after passing a resolution expressive of the loss the Council had sustained by the death of Dunstaffnage, the meeting was adjourned.
      Mr D Bruce Robertson, who presided, said they met under the shadow of a great loss. The late Dunstaffnage to use the title by which he was affectionately known to all of them succeeded to the property of Dunstaffnage nearly 29 years ago and from that date he had identified himself with many departments of public business. It used to be said that the great Duke of Wellington towards the end of his long life, came to be regarded not so much as a man but as an institution. They had something of the same feeling about their friend Dunstaffnage and indeed there was something Wellingtonian in the character and life work of their late Chairman. The simplicity of his character, the directness of his utterances on all matters on which he had to express himself, his devotion to business and his talent for the management of the business of a meeting could not but impress those who came into active contact with him. No one could fail to be struck by the manner in which he put aside his own personal opinions or feelings- he never allowed these to interfere with the despatch of business and the discharge of public duty. It was his constant aim to see that everything was done in a proper way and in the most business-like fashion. In his devotion to public service Dunstaffnage was a worthy representative of a worthy class. One sometimes heard sneers directed against those who were called the "great unpaid" - the thousands of men throughout the country who devoted themselves to the service of their neighbours and their fellow citizens. He considered the gratuitous service of our landowners was a fine tradition and long might it be before that tradition came to an end. The old system on clanship had disappeared, but all that was worthy and excellent in that bygone system remained, he thought, in the character and career of such a man as their late chairman. They knew in Dunstaffnage one of the best specimens of a class which carried on the traditions of our common country. The Chairman concluded by moving the following resolution: "The council desires to place on record their deep sense of loss they have sustained in the death of their Chairman, the Captain of Dunstaffnage. The late Captain was a member of this Council since it came into existence 13 years ago and for many years prior to that date he sat on the Parochial Board. His habits of business, his wide experience, his tireless attention to detail and his ripe judgement of men and things were always at the disposal of the Council and provided an invaluable service to the ratepayers of the parish and to the public."
      Mr MacCallum seconded and the resolution was unanimously agreed to. The Council instructed the Clerk to send an extract of the minute to Mrs Campbell with a respectful expression of sympathy of the member with her and her family in their bereavement.
      The members also agreed to attend the funeral as a body starting in carriages along with members of the Town council from the Municipal Buildings at 1130 tomorrow (Friday) forenoon.

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