The Trou­bled Laird – An­gus Camp­bell

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The Trou­bled Laird is the bi­og­ra­phy of Dun­can MacIver Camp­bell, who lived at Asknish House, Lochgair, from the late 1830s un­til his death in 1881.

He led an in­ter­est­ing life, from his birth in Kil­rush, County Clare, un­til he in­her­ited the Asknish Es­tate and be­came head of the an­cient Asknish MacIver Camp­bell fam­ily.

Au­thor An­gus Camp­bell said: ‘I started to trace my fam­ily tree about 10 years ago, pri­mar­ily to find out about my grand­fa­ther who was killed in the First World War and named on the Lochgair war me­mo­rial along with his twin. I am named af­ter my grand­fa­ther.

‘When I found out who his mother was and found her mar­riage and death cer­tifi­cates, Dun­can was named as her fa­ther, al­though not on her birth cer­tifi­cate. He is there­fore my great, great grand­fa­ther. I had never heard of Dun­can un­til I saw these cer­tifi­cates, and his story is re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing as is his whole fam­ily back­ground.’ Dun­can had an event­ful per­sonal life, mar­ry­ing twice with­out is­sue, but be­tween those mar­riages he would con­duct a re­la­tion­ship of some years stand­ing with one of his do­mes­tic ser­vants, re­sult­ing in the birth of three il­le­git­i­mate chil­dren, two daugh­ters and a son – his only de­scen­dants.

As well as his trou­bled per­sonal life, he had a num­ber of ac­ri­mo­nious dis­putes which would cause him anx­i­ety and bouts of de­pres­sion through­out a sub­stan­tial part of his life.

His long life was di­vided al­most equally be­tween the west coast of Ire­land in the town of Kil­rush, County Clare, and on the west coast of Scot­land at Lochgair. His fa­ther, James Pater­son, had an eye for busi­ness and be­gan ex­port­ing oats and farm pro­duce at a time Great Bri­tain needed all the pro­duce it could get as so many of its men were serv­ing in the army and navy, with the threat of in­va­sion by Napoleon.

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An­gus Camp­bell’s his­tor­i­cal bi­og­ra­phy, The Trou­bled Laird.

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