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Campbell, Bruce (1734 — 1813)

He owned the estate of Mayfield and Milrig, in the parish of Galston, Ayrshire, and married Annabella, the daughter of James Wilson of Kilmarnock, who Ferguson says, was 'perhaps a relative of Burns's printer.' One of his sons, Alexander, became a favourite of General Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, but died of Wounds received at the Battle of Assaye.

Burns sent Campbell some copies of the subscription sheets for the Kilmarnock Edition. Only one letter from Burns to Campbell survives. Dated Mauchline, 13th November 1788, it accompanied copies of poems designed for 'Mr Boswell'. Burns writes: 'Should they procure me the honor of being introduced to Mr Boswell, I shall think they have great merit. There are few pleasures my late will-o'-wisp character has given me, equal to that of having seen many of the extraordinary men, the Heroes of Wit and Literature in my country; and as I had the honor of drawing my first breath almost in the same parish with Mr Boswell, my pride plumes itself on the connection... to have been acquainted with such a man as Mr Boswell, I would hand down to posterity as one of the honors of their ancestor.' So far as is known, Burns and James Boswell never met.

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