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James Alexander Campbell (1825 - 9th May, 1908) was a Scottish businessman and Conservative politician.

Campbell was born in George Square, Glasgow[1] a son of Sir James Campbell of Stracathro and his wife Janet Bannerman of Manchester. His father established the firm J & W Campbell, wholesale merchants and was Lord Provost of Glasgow between 1840 and 1843. Campbell was educated at Glasgow High School and Glasgow University and became a partner in the family firm of J & W Campbell. He became a member of Glasgow University Council in 1859, and in 1865 was appointed convener of the committee in charge of raising of funds to build and maintain a new university on Gilmorehill. He held the post until 1894. He was assessor to two rectors and two chancellors, being a member of the University Court from 1869 till 1884, when he received the degree of LL.D.[2] On the death of his father in 1876 he inherited the Stracathro estate near Brechin of some 4000 acres. He was a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant for the counties of Lanark and Forfar.[3]

In 1880, Campbell was elected Member of Parliament for Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities, and held the seat until 1906.[4] As a Conservative he was opposed to the policies of his brother, Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Liberal prime minister from 1905 to 1908. He acted on many Commissions appointed to enquire into Scottish educational endowments and the constitution of the Scottish Universities.[2]

Campbell died at Stracathro at the age of 83 after a lingering illness, a fortnight later than his brother

Campbell married in 1854, Ann Peto, daughter of Sir S. Morton Peto, Bt. a railway contractor, and they had one son and three daughters.[2]


  1. ^ See Glasgow Digital Library or Google Books for Who's Who in Glasgow 1909 entry for James Alexander Campbell link
  2. ^ a b c Who's Who in Glasgow 1909 - James Alexander Campbell Glasgow Digital Library
  3. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Watson
Member of Parliament for Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Craik


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