Frederica Maria Meredith Campbell

By the late eighteenth century the Campbells of Argyll faced a demographic crisis as their numbers outgrew the economic capacity of their land; and they possessed little except their identity. The bankruptcy of Frederica's father, whose estate consisted of sixteen children and a twelfth-century castle on the rocky shore of Loch Crinan was a symptom of the former; and his involvement in a corrupt trial of Campbells of the latter. For Scots like this, India was the enlightenment.

Lived
- 24 December 1835
Origin
Duntrune, Argyll
Father
Captain Neill Campbell of Duntroon and Oib, 1734-1791. In 1785 he went bankrupt and was invited by Sir Archibald Campbell of Inverneil, Governor and Commander-in-chief of Madras, to join him there. His arrival with a following of needy kinsmen caused his term of office to be remembered in India as 'The Scottish Invasion.'(5) He was on the infamous Campbell Jury which hanged James Stewart in 1752, with Georgina Lamont's maternal grandmother.
Mother
Jean Campbell 1751-1898 daughter of Archibald Campbell, of Blandfield
Address
23 Charlotte Square
Chapel connection
1810 (baptism)
Married on
1797
Spouse
Alexander Dyce
Children
Archibald Brown (1799-1866, Lieutenant-general, commanded the northern division of the army), Andrew (1804-1833, Lieutenant, Madras Presidency), Alexander Dyce (d.1869, Exeter College Oxford, clergyman, distinguished dramatic critic, commentator and editor of Shakespeare). John Neil (Trinity College, Cambridge, 1840 Scottish advocate, sheriff-substitute of Lanarkshire, m. 1842 Elizabeth Hamilton Bowie). (4)

Duntrune Castle

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. Asiatic Annual Register, vol.9 (Cadell and Davies, London, 1809) p.212.
  4. William Temple, The Thanage of Fermartyn including the district commonly called Formartine (Aberdeen, Taylor and Henderson, 1894)
  5. Herbert Campbell, The Campbells of Duntroon (1813) cited on the Clan Macfarlane Genealogy website accessed 10 June 2010

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