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Kay's Originals Vol. 2


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 469 He was immediately afterwards (May 14, 1804) created Earl of Powis, his lordship having, in 1784, married Lady Henrietta-Antonia Herbert, daughter of Henry-Arthur, the last Earl of that name, on whose death, in 1801, the title had become extinct. By this lady, who died in 1830, his lordship had several children. “he eldest, Viscount Clive, late M.P. for Ludlow, married, in 1818, Lucy Grahame, daughter of James third Duke of Montrose. One of his lordship’s daughters was Charlotte Florentia, governess to the Queen while Princess Victoria, and afterwards Duchess of Northumberland ; and another was the late Lady Watkins William Wynne. While in Edinburgh, Lord Clive had the freedom of the city conferred upon him. The chief residences of the family are Powis Castle, Montgomeryshire ; Walcot, and Oakley-Park, Shropshire. A RCHIB D C No. CCCXXIX. ARCHIBALD CAMPBELT,, CITY OFFICER. MPEELL was a native of Rannoch, in Perthshire; nd, in the true spirit of a clansman, gave himself out to be a fur-away cousin of the Duke of Argyle. He was originally in the service of Colonel Campbell of Glenlyon, and came to Edinburgh in 1793. Archie was “a goodly portly man, and a comely,” as Sir John Falstaff describes himself ; and, notwithstanding a certain abruptness and forwardness of manner, was in reality possessed of much good nature and great warmth and benevolence of heart. From the peculiar situation he held, his person was well known for nearly half a century to almost every individual of all ranks in Edinburgh. Previous to the institution of a regular police, and indeed long after it, he acted as a sort of conservator-general of the public peace, which invidious office he exercised with such perfect fairness and impartiality, and at the same time with so much forbearance, that he never made himself an enemy. On the contrary, he was a universal favourite with the mob. During the long period that the late Mr. James Laing took an active management in public matters, performing in his own person almost the entire duties of Chief Magistrate and Superintendent of Police, Archie was his right-hand man, and executed his commands with a fidelity and diligence that could not be surpassed. His strict sobriety-a virtue so rarely to be met with in persons of his callingwas so conspicuous, that he never was known to be drunk but once ; and the shame and remorse he felt on that occasion were such that he hardly ever forgave himself for his indiscretion. His principal avocation was that of one of the city officers, of whom he was He was born in the year 1768.
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