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 the son 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

Shown as In the lawful possession of Messrs John Campbell sen. & Co.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

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

Physical (1)

Country house
Camis Eskan House [Purchased] 
description →
Camis Eskan House, a 17thC mansion remodelled by David Hamilton in 1840 for 'Colin Campbell of...

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