Archibald Campbell of Inverawe

29th Oct 1753 - 12th May 1825


Also known as Archibald Campbell of Blackhouse. Reportedly a partner in Anderson Campbell & Co. [in fact according to the transcript of his will, Campbell Anderson] of Greenock, West India merchant, with James A. Anderson and Andrew Anderson. Almost certainly brother of Duncan Campbell of Bedford Square (q.v.) and possibly himself a sojourner in the West Indies in his earlier life. Reportedly left £125,000 at death. To date LBS has not directly tracked his slave-ownership or his firm, although it appears that his partner Andrew Anderson was possibly the Andrew Anderson of Greenock merchant who was father of the banker James Andrew Anderson (q.v.).

Born 29/10/1753 in Renfrew, eldest son of Alexander Campbell and his wife Anne Somerville. Probably returned to Scotland from the West Indies in the 1780s. Rented Finlayston House near Greenock from around 1802; he died there 12/05/1825.


'A History of the MacConnochie Campbells of Inverawe', Vol. III Further Collected Papers [accessed 05/07/2018].

Further Information


SC58/42/2 Paisley Sheriff Court - precis.

Alexander Campbell of Blackhouse presently residing at Finlayston House, Renfrewshire.

All my lands and estates in Ayr, Argyll and Renfrew, all my lands and heritages wherever situated and all my debts and moveable means to John McNeil Esquire of Oakfield, Captain Archibald Campbell, Inveraray, John Patterson of Merryflats Esquire, George Noble Esquire Royal Navy, Andrew Anderson junior Esquire, merchant in Greenock, and John Blair Esquire WS in Edinburgh upon trust for the following uses and purposes.

To the children of my late brother Duncan Campbell Esquire of Bedford Square, London, £20,000, of which £12,000 should be paid to the eldest son at age 21 years and the remaining £8,000 equally divided amongst the remaining children at age 21 years.

My trustees to make over to my nephew Duncan Campbell of Tavistock Square, London, whatever sum may be due to me at my death by the concern of Campbell, Harper and Baillie of London.

To my nephew Dr Archibald Campbell in India, £4,000.

To my niece Mary, now wife of John Paterson of Merryflats, £4,000.

To my niece Jean Campbell Greenock, £3,000.

To Edward Campbell, sailor, £1,000.

To Peter Ferguson Greenock, £200.

All remainder and residue to my son Alexander Campbell, his heirs and executors, my trustees to enact the whole on the heirs male of the said Alexander Campbell, in default to the heirs male of my late brother Duncan Campbell, in default the heirs male of my late sister Jean, and in default to the heirs male of my niece Mary now Mrs Paterson.

Signed 09/12/1818.

Codicil dated 09/01/1819.

To Miss Jane Pitman an annuity of £22. To the unmarried daughters of the late Mr Alexander Shannon, £70 per annum while any of them remain single. [Several smaller annuities including £100 per annum to Duncan Campbell of Greenock for life and £75 per annum to "my housekeeper" Catherine Fish.]

Codicil dated 17/02/1819.

In consequence of the misfortune which has happened to Mr Duncan Campbell since the above codicil was written, his annuity increased to £200.

Codicil dated 10/04/1819.

Death of Edward Campbell - the £1,000 reverts to my heir.

To Margaret and Ann Campbell, daughters of Mr Duncan Campbell by his second marriage £400 each.

To the daughters of Captain Archibald Campbell, £350 each.

To George Noble Esquire £500.

To Miss Ann Noble £250.

To Mrs Wm Fullerton £100.

To Miss Elizabeth Donald £100.

It is my wish that my boy may be liberally educated to fit him for any profession which he may point at. And in purchasing lands for him to be entailed I wish a preference to be given to the Old Family Estate of Inverawe if it can be got.

In case it be thought proper to wind up the concern of Campbell Anderson it is my wish that Mr Anderson may have the use of £2,000 to be employed by him for the benefit of him and Mr Duncan Campbell, and as my nephew Duncan Campbell of London has been imprudent and unfortunate I desire an annuity to be paid to him of £100 the failure of his House having happened since this will was made.

Codicil 17/10/1822.

I left to my nephew Duncan Campbell in London all the money belonging to me at the time of my death which might be in the hands of his House in London, viz Messrs. Campbell Harper and which I then thought might be considerably upwards of £4,000. But that House now being bankrupt and as I should wish to put him on the same footing as his brother in India Dr Archibald Campbell, my executors to pay to him at my death £2,000, which with the bond of £1,000 I have already made him a present of and another bond of the same kind which I mean to make him a present of, makes £4,000.

Codicil 02/02/1824.

In consequence of the unfortunate death of my nephew Duncan and to prevent any disputes between his brothers and sisters I hereby declare my meaning that the next eldest son James shall succeed to the sum of £12,000 destined for Duncan in my will. In case of the death of James then to the next brother Edmund, then youngest son Augustus, then the whole to be equally divided amongst the surviving sisters.


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Addresses (2)

Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Central Scotland, Scotland
Finlaystone, Langbank, Renfrewshire, Central Scotland, Scotland