Ledaig Bard

John Campbell : Bard of Ledaig
born : 1823
died : 1897
married : Catherine MacKeichan
Children : 5

JOHN Campbell was the son of Colin Campbell, of "Tighean Fhearchair," a part of old Oban now demolished. He was born there on the 22nd day of September, 182.3. When a mere child, his parents removed to Ledaig in Benderloch, his father having been appointed parish schoolmaster, which post he held for thirty-five years.1

Early education for the ministry, but gave up due to ill health
Worked in commericial areas of Glasgow but the environment did not help his health, returned to Benderloch
Opened up a store but it did not thrive
Grew fruit and vegetables (?Ardrannoch?) and sold to Oban
Became PostMaster for the area (was this when the post office moved from Bonawe??)
Always studied, loved the gaelic language
Ministered to locals, creating a space

"natural cave he fitted up as a meeting house, where he conducted a Sabbath School and other religious services. The worshippers sat on trunks of trees, and the lay preacher's table and reading desk was the stump of a tree, associated in local tradition with Robert the Bruce's visit to the district on the occasion of his Parliament in Ardchattan Priory in 1308. The grotto, which was visited by many distinguished people during the poet's lifetime, was broken up in 1903, greatly to the regret of all the people in the district, to make way for the line of the new railway to Ballachulish.2

He was extremely intelligent, and he corresponded with many learned gentlemen of the day including Professor Blackie.

A few years before his death, he as presented by his many admirers with a purse of sovereigns, and the comfort of his old age is portrayed by the pretty villa where he died, and where Mrs. Campbell and two daughters still reside. This villa, which is situated near Ledaig station, by its singular
beauty and the neatness of its garden, attracts the notice of every traveller.3

1860's founder of the MOD with 2 others (William Angus has photo)

1884 John’s book of poems was published and all proceeds went to the Mod.

1892 ?first MOD

1897 Burial at Achnaba "A sweet singer, an ardent lover of nature, an earnest
Christian teacher, a most lovable man."

descendants & MOD :

Matheson Collection > Modern Gaelic bards > John Campbell
THE CELTIC MONTHLY vol 97 1893


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