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Sir Edward Taswell Campbell, 1st Baronet JP MP (April 9, 1879 – Bromley, Kent, July 17, 1945) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.



He was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Campbell (June 15, 1843 – Airds, Sydenham Hill, Surrey, September 13, 1926) and wife (m. Christ Church, Paddington, January 28, 1869) Emilie Guillamine Maclaine (c. 1847 – Airds, Sydenham Hill, Surrey, July 21, 1928); paternal grandson of Sir John Campbell, 7th Baronet and wife Hannah Elizabeth Macleod; maternal grandson of Donald Maclaine, 20th of Lochbuie (October 26, 1816 – October 12, 1863) and wife (m. October 23, 1844) Emilie Guillamine Vincent (– November 8, 1882); and great-grandson of Lieutenant Murdoch Maclaine, 19th of Lochbuie (August 1, 1791 – August 20, 1844) and wife (m. March 7, 1813) Christina Maclean and of Charles Anthony Vincent and wife.


Educated at Dulwich College, prior to entering politics, he served as a Vice-Consul in Java between 1914 and 1920. Sir Edward Campbell was created a Knight Bachelor in 1933 and the 1st Baronet Campbell of Airds Bay, Argyll, in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on July 3, 1939. He also served as a Kent Justice of the Peace.

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Camberwell North West in 1924 but was defeated in 1929. He returned to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1930 as member for Bromley and sat until his death, which occurred during the 1945 general election. Polling took place on July 5, 1945. Campbell died 12 days later, but nine days before the declaration of the result. He was declared posthumously elected on 26 July, 1945, provoking a by-election in his Bromley constituency. That contest was won by Harold Macmillan. (Coincidentally, Leslie Pym, the member for Monmouth, died the exact same day and was also posthumously elected.)

In the House of Commons Campbell served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sir Kingsley Wood on various occasions between 1931 and 1943, and later was PPS to Henry Willink as Minister of Health.

Marriage and children

He married on January 28, 1904 Edith Jane Warren (Surabaya, Java, Dutch East Indies, December 7 1880 – Stonycrest, Hindhead, Surrey, October 26, 1951), daughter of Arthur John Warren, British Vice Consul in Surabaya, (baptised, St Pancras Old Church, London, July 22, 1847 – Epsom, Surrey, November 17, 1930) and wife Sophia Jane Wilson (St Pancras, London, May 17, 1856 – Burghdown, Epsom, Surrey, January 26, 1920), and had issue, including:

  • Frances Henriette Campbell (Semarang, Java, Dutch East Indies, November 30, 1904 – ?), married on December 16, 1930 to Rear Admiral Keith McNeill Walter (later Campbell-Walter) (Hazaribagh, August 3, 1904 – April 24, 1976), son of Alexander McNeill Walter, of Hazaribagh, India, Zamindari Manager (Calcutta, May 12, 1875 – Hazaribagh, February 12, 1936), and wife Florence Ruth Gisella Downing (Purnesh, Bengal, October 5, 1879 – Holloway Sanitorium, Egham, Surrey, April 8, 1976), whose daughter was:
  • Sir Charles Duncan Macnair Campbell, 2nd Baronet (September 12, 1906 – January 16, 1954) (title extinct with his death)


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas James MacNamara
Member of Parliament for Camberwell North West
Succeeded by
Hyacinth Morgan
Preceded by
Cuthbert James
Member of Parliament for Bromley
Succeeded by
Harold Macmillan


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