Pryse Campbell

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Pryse Campbell
Pryse Campbell (1726–1768).jpg
Portrait by Francis Cotes
Member of Parliament for Cardigan Boroughs
In office
24 March 1768 – 14 December 1768
Preceded bySir Herbert Lloyd, 1st Baronet
Succeeded byRalph Congreve
Member of Parliament for Nairnshire
In office
18 April 1761 – March 1768
Preceded byJohn Campbell
Succeeded byCosmo Gordon
Member of Parliament for Inverness-shire
In office
1754 – 1761
Preceded byNorman Macleod
Succeeded bySimon Fraser
Personal details
Cawdor Castle, Great Britain
Died14 December 1768 (aged 41)
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Sarah Bacon (d.1767)
ResidenceStackpole Court
Alma materClare College, Cambridge

Pryse Campbell (1727 – 14 December 1768), was a Scottish politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cardigan Boroughs, Inverness-shire and Nairnshire.

He was also the Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury.

Early life and education[edit]

Campbell was born in 1727 as the first son of John Campbell of Calder (or Cawdor). Campbell went on to attend Clare College, Cambridge in 1745.

Political career[edit]

From his youth Campbell was intended for a parliamentary career, being mentioned as a possible candidate for Inverness-shire as early as December 1746; when he was 19. Unlike his father, Campbell was a strong supporter of Pitt the Elder, and it was thought Campbell might seem destined for a successful political career. Campbell later became an MP in 1754, when he was returned for Inverness-shire with the support of the Duke of Argyll. Argyll was supportive of the political aspirations of Simon Fraser of Lovat, a former Jacobite, but believed that 1754 was too soon for such a return for Fraser, and would cause offense in London.[1]

Despite this there was still a degree of competition with Fraser's interest for the seat. Aware that Fraser's acquisition of a Highland regiment in January 1757 heightened his political credibility with Inverness-shire voters, Pryse refused to assist in the recruitment process; but it was his support for the Irish Cattle Importation Act during February and March 1759 that deeply damaged his relationship with his constituents. By February 1761 Argyll had made it clear he would oppose reselection of Pryse for Inverness-shire, with the result that the latter, with the support of the Earl of Bute, stood for and won the Nairnshire seat.[1]

Despite being created a lord of treasury in August 1766 and being re-elected to parliament on 4 December 1766, Campbell was still faced the problem that under the Scottish electoral system Nairnshire would not be represented at the next election. As a result, he switched to his Welsh interest and was elected for the Cardigan Boroughs on 24 March 1768, but died on 14 December of the same year.[1]


Sarah Bacon; Campbell's wife

On 20 September 1752 Campbell married Sarah, daughter and heir of Sir Edmund Bacon, sixth baronet, of Garboldisham, Norfolk; they had four sons and three daughters.[1]

He was succeeded by his son John, who was later created Baron Cawdor.


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Norman Macleod
Member of Parliament for Inverness-shire
Succeeded by
Simon Fraser
Preceded by
John Campbell
Member of Parliament for Nairnshire
Succeeded by
Cosmo Gordon
Preceded by
Sir Herbert Lloyd, 1st Baronet
Member of Parliament for Cardigan Boroughs
1768 – 1768
Succeeded by
Ralph Congreve