Letters of Lord Archibald Campbell (1846-1913)

Scope and Content

The material is composed of: letters from Campbell to Lady Metcalfe one accepting an invitation and the other relating to domestic matters. The third item is rather more on behalf of Lord Campbell and mentions a cheque and the need for a bill to be 'receipted'.

Administrative / Biographical History

The historian Archibald Campbell was born in 1846. He was a son of George Douglas Campbell (1823-1900), 8th Duke of Argyll. The young Campbell was educated at Edinburgh Academy, Eton and at Goettingen. Before entering the business world he had been a Captain in the 5th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Latterly he was a partner in Coutts and Co. bankers at 440 Strand, London. He was a JP and Deputy-Lieutenant for Argyllshire. His publications include Records of Argyll (1885), Notes on swords from Battlefield of Culloden (1894), Highland dress, arms, and ornament (1899), Armada canon (1899), and Reveries, poems (1902). Lord Archibald Campbell died on 29 March 1913.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Among miscellaneous letters, purchased, E. Hall, February 1976, Accession no. E76.8.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who - 1897-1916. London: A. and C. Black, 1920.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: correspondence, Private, Ref. NRA(S)1209/389-93 NRA 9955 Campbell; letters to L Antrobus, Coutts and Co, BSS Burdett-Coutts and 4th Earl of Harrowby, 1882-1884, Harrowby Manuscripts Trust, Ref. Vol 68 NRA 1561 Ryder; and 100 letters to Sir J. N. Paton, 1879-1886, National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Collections, Ref. Acc 9133 NRA 29960 Paton.

Also within the ArchivesHub there is a description of the Letters of George Douglas Campbell (1823-1900), 8th Duke of Argyll held at Edinburgh University Library.