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Queen. -- Literary Tasks. -Rumor of his Marriage. - House in Victoria-square.- His
Campbell's Person and Countenance. - Mr. Carruthers' Description of the Poet in his
Lines on Revisiting Cathcart,
FUGITIVE POEMS NOW FIRST COLLECTED.
THOMAS CAMPBELL was born on the 27th of July, 1777, in a house in the High-street, in Glasgow, at that time, and for fourteen years afterwards, occupied by his father, but since pulled down to make way for modern improvements. His family was of a numerous and respectable connection, and the particular branch from which he was descended had been long settled in that part of the Argyle frontier which lies between Lochawe and Lochfyne. They were known as the Campbells of Kirnan, from the name of the estate which was cupied by the poet's grandfather, the last of his race who resided there. He died leaving three sons, and Kirnan passed into the hands of Robert, the eldest, who was fond of display, and lavish in his hospitality, and was compelled to part with the ancestral acres to a neighboring proprietor, the son of Mrs. Campbell by a former marriage. Robert afterwards settled in London ; distinguished himself as a political writer in defence of the Walpole administration, and died soon after its close. Archibald, the next brother, became a Presbyterian minister, and in that capacity went out to Jamaica, but subsequently removed to the Province of Virginia, where he resided till his death at an advanced age. His family there maintained a highly respectable character, and one of his sons was District Attorney during the administration of Washington. To his landed property in Virginia he gave the name of Kirnan, and his grandson