Archibald Campbell Colquhoun

Campbell, a Trustee of Charlotte Chapel, is interesting in this study for his links between Edinburgh and Glasgow (which are very few in this group), and for his strong connections with both the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches (which he shares with figures as diverse as Henry Cockburn and Ranald MacDonald, and which is one of the interesting aspects of this research for the ecclesiastical history of Scotland)

John Campbell of Clathic
Agnes Colquhoun of Killermont: Archibald assumed her name when he inherited her estate in 1804 (8)
54 George Street
Political views
Religious views
An ecumenical figure: as well as being Trustee of an Episcopal Chapel and marrying the daughter of an Episcopal priest, he was for many years a Presbytery Elder for Perth in the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. (4, 19 April 1804, 6 April 1811, and in between). He left £60 in his will to the poor of his parishes.
Advocate. Sheriff of Perth 1793, Lord Advocate 1807, MP for Elgin Burghs 1807 and for Dumbartonshire 1810. (3)
Wealth at death
Assessed taxes 1811
His house had 31 windows and a rental value of £108. He didn't pay tax on any other luxries.
Walter Scott was a great friend of Campbell's wife. When they married Scott wrote, 'What intercourse I have had with Clathick tho not great has invariably been such as to entitle him to a very high place in my esteem'. (7, vol.1 p.51) In 1807 they seem to have been good friends: Scott wrote from London, 'Yesterday I dined with Lord Advocate & a sort of Scottish Privy Council -- all in high spirits.' (7, vol.1 p.398) and in 1807 Scott engaged his help in preventing the theatre from closure (7, vol.2). But it seems Scott never forgave him for his part in reforming the law courts. By 1817 they were enemies: 'the communication between the officers of state & the general police of the country... was entirely neglected during the reign of the late Advocate who cared for no communication except that between his pocket & the Exchequer,' he wrote to the Duke of Buccleuch (7, vol.4 p.370) By 1827 Scott seems to have fallen out with his old friend Mary Anne as well. (7, vol.10 p.326). He was one of the few members with Glaswegian connections. He was Rector of Glasgow University and a Director of the Thistle Bank.
Chapel connection
Trustee; baptisms 1797-1811
Married on
14 September 1796
Mary Anne Erskine
Children: Helen (1797), Agnes (1798), William Laurence Colquhoun (1811)
Succeeded Robert Hodshon Cay as one of the Commissaries of Edinburgh

Clathick (9)



  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. Register of The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ed. Ronald K. Will (Edinburgh, Clark Constable, 1983)
  4. Caledonian Mercury
  5. Inventory and Will NAS SC70/1/26/43
  6. Assessed taxes for the Burgh of Edinburgh year ending at Whitsunday 1811, NAS E327/51
  7. H.J.C. Grierson, Letters of Sir Walter Scott (London, Constable and Co. 1932)
  8. The old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry: 64, Killermont: online accessed 20 May 1811
  9. Wild Thyme Catering Venues: Clathic House online, accessed 20 May 2011

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