Hardcover: 128 pages

Publisher: Two Plus George Ltd (3 Dec 2007)

Language English

ISBN-10: 0955622816

ISBN-13: 978-0955622816

Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 17.2 x 2 cm

RRP: £17.99

SPECIAL OFFER PRICE: £12.59

Daniel Campbell of Shawfield and Islay was a towering figure in early eighteenth-century Scottish history. Known as 'Great' Daniel due to both his height and his success, his life spanned Union with England and the final suppression of the Jacobite cause. Raised amid the violence of the late seventeenth-century Highlands, he left home to make his fortune, initially trading illegally with the English colonies of North America and the Caribbean. Eventually his mercantile success laid the foundations of Glasgow's role in global trade and he became one of the richest men in Scotland. An ardent anti-Jacobite, he sat in the last Scottish Parliament before the Union with England in 1707, and was appointed as one of the Commissioners to negotiate the terms of the Act, as well as of the 'Equivalent' - the compensation paid to Scotland by England.Daniel commissioned one of Scotland's earliest Palladian buildings, the Shawfield Mansion in Glasgow; his house at Woodhall in Lanarkshire was considered amongst the finest estates in Scotland.


Following the destruction of his new house in the violent Shawfield Riots of 1725, Daniel purchased Islay where a legacy of agricultural improvements changed the face of the island forever. Daniel Campbell played a role in many of eighteenth-century Scotland's key events. Emerging from the shadows for the first time, this is a portrait of an ambitious man who was a loyal friend and an inveterate enemy.

A Very Canny Scot:

‘Great’ Daniel Campbell of

Shawfield and Islay

His life and times c.1670-1753

by Joanna Hill and Nicholas Bastin

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