Farquhard Campbell

1760 - 18th Dec 1829

Claimant or beneficiary


Demerara slave-owner, dying in 1829, son of William Campbell of Ormsary and half-brother of Duncan Campbell of St Vincent (q.v.). The executors and trustees of Farquhard Campbell were awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on Melville Ormsary and Strath Campbell in British Guiana.

  1. "Marriage at Edinburgh of Farquhard Campbell, Esq., of Huntington and Miss Penuel Jane Baillie, daughter of the late Hon. William Baillie of Polkemmet."

  2. Memorial inscription at Knapdale Cemetery, Argyll, Scotland: "Sacred to the memory of FARQUHARD CAMPBELL, ESQ OF ORMSARY and Melville Estate Demerary. Who died at Edinburgh 18 December 1829, aged 69" and also of Penuel Jane Baillie who died 1866 and their son William Campbell of the 42nd Regiment who died 1867.

  3. In 1851, Penuel Jane Campbell was living at Ormsary House in South Knapdale, Argyll, age 58, annuitant, born Midlothian, in the household of her son William A. Campbell age 32.

  4. Farquhard Campbell's will shows that he had three 'natural' children: Mary, who married William Salmon in Bristol in 1818; Farquhard junior, who was in Demerara in 1827 when his father wrote his will; and a 'natural coloured son' James who, in 1827, was at school in Straven [Strathaven]. His estate in Britain was valued at £23,888 19s 6d, most of which was held on account with John Campbell sen. & Co. Farquhard's legitimate son Farquhar died 16 Sep 1881 in Geneva, having bought the island of Rum in 1870.


  1. Scots Magazine 79:399, 24/04/1817.

  2. http://www.knapdalepeople.com/MIMiadanOrmsary.html [accessed 13/05/2013]. Note that the Menes Family Tree by 1_Becky_13 on Ancestry.com gives Mary Lyon Baillie's year of death as 1856.

  3. 1851 census online.

  4. SC70/1/43 Inventory, last will and testament and codicils of Farqhuard Campbelll of Ormsary; SC70/1/211 Inventory of Farquhard Campbell of Rum and Tenga.

We are grateful to both Malcolm Sandilands and David Alston for their assistance in compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Farquhar Campbell
Penuel Jane Baillie
William Alexander (1818-1878), Farquard (1820-1878)
Wealth at death
£23,888 19S 6D

Associated Claims (1)

£10,725 19S 5D
Beneficiary deceased

Addresses (1)

Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland