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Archibald Hamilton Campbell


Of Toronto and born on 12th August, 1819, at Carbrook, Stirlingshire, Scotland, the country seat of his father, John Campbell, W.S., who was born in 1770, and who was the great grandson and representative in the male line of John Campbell of Easter Shian and Garrows, in the County of Perth, grandson of John Campbell of Edramuckie Castle, on Loch Tay. Mr. Campbell of Carbrook married, in 1794, Francis Allen Brown, grand-daughter of William Mayne, of Powis and Logie, Counties of Perth and Clackmanan, the great-grandson of William mayne of Pile, who lived in the time of Mary and James VI., was succeeded by his son John, born 1586, and who died in 1696, at the age of 110. (Vide Burke's Extinct Peerages, art. Mayne.) Our subject was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and the University of Edinburgh, at both of which the studies were chiefly classical. He always was fond of out-door sports and athletic exercises, and in studies of natural philosophy and mechanics. On leaving the University he adopted banking as a profession, but subsequently took up the study of Scotch law. In 1845 he came to Canada, and on the copper mining excitement breaking out, became connected with a mining enterprise on Lake Huron, which, like other similar ventures, was unsuccessful. Being offered the post of manager in a bank in Montreal he returned thither in 1851. In 1856 he was married, at Hillingdon church, near Uxbridge, England, to Louisa, youngest daughter of Henry Fisher, Esq., of Hillhead, Dunkeld. In the same year he removed to Kingston, the head office of the bank, and resided there till 1854, when, having become interested in a large lumbering concern in the County of Peterborough, he retired from the bank, and has since devoted himself to that business. In 1874 having sold the mills and timber limits, he removed from Peterborough to Toronto, where he now resides, and carried on the business of the Muskoka Mill and Lumber Company. When residing in Montreal, the Oregan dispute appearing likely to lead to a war with the United States, he obtained a commission in the Montreal Light Infantry, commanded by Col. Dyde. On leaving the province he retired with the rank of captain. He is connected with various public companies as a director or president of the board, is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University and U.C. Colleges; but has not aspired to other public office. In 1840, whilst residing in England, he was initiated in the mysteries of Freemasonry. He served as W.M. of St. Paul's Lodge, Montreal, and J. in the R.A. Chapter of the same lodge. He has since youth attended the services of the Church of England, which he believes to be the best form of church polity, as a monarchy is the most perfect form of civil government. He has always held what are called evangelical views, and is a member of the diocesan and provincial Synods. He was one of the founders of the Church Association, organized for the purpose of putting a check on ritualism, and now takes a warm interest in Wycliffe College. His political views have always been strongly conservative, but he would at any moment sacrifice party to honest and pure government. He has three sons, the eldest being a barrister in Toronto, a silver medalist of the Univerisity, and a gold medalist of the Law Society; the second a B.A., Toronto, studying medicine at Edinburgh University; and the third, also a B.A. Toronto, is manager of the Muskoka Mills, on the Georgian Bay. He has also three daughters.


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