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Campbell of Netherplace, William, (d 1786)

His estate lay between Mossgiel and Mauchline. He seems to have been a gentleman much ruled by his wife — Lilias Neilson (d 1826) daughter of a Glasgow merchant — because Burns wrote three epitaphs on 'A Hen-pecked Country Squire'. The nastiest one is:
"One Queen Artemisia, as old stories tell,
When deprived of her husband she loved so well,
In respect for the love and affection he shewed her,
She reduced him to dust, and she drank off the powder.
But Queen Netherplace, of a different complexion,
When called on to order the funeral direction
Would have ate her dead lord, on a slender pretence,
Not to shew her respect, but — to save the expense!"
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