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John Francis Campbell of Islay [Iain Òg Ìle], 1822 - 1884

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John Francis Campbell of Islay [Iain Òg Ìle], 1822 - 1884 1843 - 1847

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
John F. Campbell was heir to Islay until his father was obliged to sell the island. He never forgot the tales that his nurse and the family piper told him in Gaelic as a child, and when he read the work of the brothers Grimm he realised the value of both stories as part of a wider international literature. He became a senior civil servant in London, gained experience in managing large projects, and sent out a talented team to collect Gaelic tales. The result was Popular Tales of the West Highlands, four volumes 1860–62, one of the classics of world folklore. This contemplative portrait shows Campbell in Highland dress.


  • Acc. No. PGP HA 480
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 20.00 x 14.10 cm
  • Credit Provenance unknown