Sunday, 29 May 2011

Napier witnesses: Napier Campbell

Napier Campbell was a solicitor, who spoke extensively at the Napier Commission in Stornoway on 11 June 1883. He was born in Edinburgh, and was staying at 17 South Beach Street, Stornoway in the 1881 census, marked as a procurator and enrolled law agent. Mr Campbell was lodging with the Grant family.
In 1871, Napier Campbell was lodging at 40 Cromwell Street in Stornoway, with the Hunter family. His occupation is listed as Solicitor or procurator of faculty of Ross.
Ten years earlier, we find Napier Campbell in Glasgow, Blythswood, at 12 Scotia Street, as a general clerk in writon (?) office.  He is lodging with the Lawrie family.
In 1851, we see a young Napier Campbell, aged 19, a stockbroker's general clark. He is living with his mother Isabella at 60 North Castle Street in Edinburgh. His siblings are listed as Elizabeth (18), Letitia (14), Georgina (12) and Peter (20).
The 1841 census lists Napier Campbell, aged 8, in amongst all the people at Edinburgh St Cuthberts.

Napier Campbell died at Stornoway on 13 December 1885 aged 53; he was not married. His parents are named as Peter Campbell, a solicitor at the Supreme Courts of Scotland (deceased) and Isabella, as we saw above. He had suffered from a gastric ulcer for 5 years, and haematemesis [vomited blood] for 5 days. The occupier of Napier's digs, 17 South Beach Street, reported the death.

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