Portrait by Francis Cotes
|Member of Parliament for Cardigan Boroughs|
24 March 1768 – 14 December 1768
|Preceded by||Sir Herbert Lloyd, 1st Baronet|
|Succeeded by||Ralph Congreve|
|Member of Parliament for Nairnshire|
18 April 1761 – March 1768
|Preceded by||John Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Cosmo Gordon|
|Member of Parliament for Inverness-shire|
1754 – 1761
|Preceded by||Norman Macleod|
|Succeeded by||Simon Fraser|
Cawdor Castle, Great Britain
|Died||14 December 1768 (aged 41)|
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Bacon (d.1767)|
|Alma mater||Clare College, Cambridge|
Early life and education
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.
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.
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.
He was succeeded by his son John, who was later created Baron Cawdor.
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Campbell family of Cawdor (per. 1511–1821): Pryse Campbell of Cawdor (1727–1768)
|Parliament of Great Britain|
| Member of Parliament for Inverness-shire
1754 – 1761
| Member of Parliament for Nairnshire
1761 – 1768
Sir Herbert Lloyd, 1st Baronet
| Member of Parliament for Cardigan Boroughs
1768 – 1768