Colin Campbell of Colgrain

8th Jan 1782 - 22nd Jan 1863


Glasgow merchant, major awardee of compensation in British Guiana as partner in John Campbell Senior & Co. (q.v.).

  1. West India planter and then West India merchant in Glasgow; also a landowner. 'He owned sugar plantations in the West Indies and Demerara, which reached their peak in 1821.'  Son of John Campbell of Morriston, founder of the firm John Campbell Senior & co., West India merchants of Reid's Lane Glasgow. 'From a wealthy and successful Scottish mercantile family which remained influential into recent times.' Married in 1814 Jane, daughter of John Hamilton of North Park (10 sons, 5 daughters). Acquired Colgrain in 1836. Left £169,351. His family firm in Glasgow ended in 1858. Descendants re-established Curtis Campbell as a firm of West India merchants that merged to form Booker McConnell. Son Colin Campbell of Colgrain left £627,000 in 1885. Grandson Colin Frederick Campbell 1st Baron Colgrain (1866-1954) was Chairman of National Provincial Bank.

  2. Son of John Campbell (c. 1735-1808) the founder of John Campbell senior. 'Long the worthy head of the house', purchased Colgrain from James Dennistoun 1836.


T71/885 British Guiana claim no. 591 (Melville Crimsary (?) and Strath Campbell); T71/887 British Guiana claim nos. 2281B, 2317A&B (Endeavour), 2318 (Enterprise), 2324 (Sans souci), 2341 (Annandale), 2348, 2441 (Johanna) and 2454 (Perth); T71/880 Grenada claim no. 780 (Carriere); T71/892 St Vincent claim no. 642 (Peter's Hope).

  1. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? 1860- (Volumes 3 and 4, manuscripts in preparation), reference 1863/70 (citing BLG 1952 for father); Colin Campbell of Colgrain is Rubinstein 1885/143.

  2. Smith & Mitchell, 'Old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry' LXXXIII Possil, available at [accessed 13/08/2012].

Further Information

Jane[t] Millar Hamilton (1814), daughter of Provost John Hamilton
10 sons, 5 daughters, including Colin Campbell of Colgrain (1819-)
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (11)

£4,641 10S 4D
£13,332 0S 4D
£10,895 18S 1D
£10,199 11S 0D
£1,061 12S 7D
£6,350 17S 0D
£6,158 10S 1D
£10,725 19S 5D
£15,795 16S 7D
Unsuccessful claimant
£6,030 14S 1D
Awardee (Trustee)
£2,727 4S 0D
Awardee (Mortgagee)

Associated Estates (5)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1826 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1834 [EA] - → Trustee
1826 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1826 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Senior partner
John Campbell sen.
West India merchant  
Campbells, Fraser
West India merchant  

Relationships (6)

Business partners
Business partners
Business partners
Business partners
Business partners
Son → Father

Addresses (2)

Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Central Scotland, Scotland
Colgrain, Cardross, Dunbartonshire, Central Scotland, Scotland